Germany’s Mogador Films and France’s Eaux Vives Productions have boarded social drama Television, to be directed by Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Farooki.
Currently in pre-production for a Jan 2012 start, the project took part in the Co-production Market of last year’s Film Bazaar in Goa, India. The story revolves around an imam who tries to stamp out all signs of modernity in his remote community, but finally realises the advantages of technology.
In addition to co-producing, Mogador’s Christoph Thoke is in the process of arranging financing for the film from sources including the Doha Film Institute, France’s Fonds Sud and German funds.
Farooki previously directed award-winning drama Third Person Singular Number, about a woman who breaks with Muslim culture by living with her boyfriend before getting married.
Thoke previously co-produced Lorna’s Silence and Tropical Malady which both won awards at Cannes. Eaux Vives is headed by Xenia Maingot who formerly worked at the French outpost of Denmark’s Zentropa.