Source: Tambo Film/First Light Films

‘Brief History Of A Family’

TorinoFilmLab (TFL) has selected three films currently in post-production for its TFL Audience Design Fund 2023.

The three titles are: Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir’s Ze; Jianjie Lin’s Brief History Of A Family; and Ilyas Yourish and Shahrokh Bikaraan’s Kamay.

Each title will receive €45,000 plus consultancy from TFL’s sales and distribution experts from now until June, to help the films build their audiences.

The consultation experts are Gabor Greiner, COO at sales agency Films Boutique; Claudia Tomassini, international film publicity agent; Isona Admetlla, coordinator of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund; and Rafael Sampaio, director of Brazil’s BrLab for developing Latin American projects.

They will be joined by audience design consultant and former Altitude executive Sile Culley; Ewa Bojanowska, former head of marketing at New Europe Film Sales; Chiara Liberti, former acquisition manager for Italy’s I Wonder pictures; and Benjamin Colle, managing director of Pluto Film Distribution Network. 

Brief History Of A Family was part of TFL’s FeatureLab in 2018, and won the €50,000 TFL co-production award. The first Danish-Chinese feature co-production through Tambo Film and First Light Films, it is a mystery thriller about the fate of a middle-class Chinese family that becomes intertwined with a new friend of their only son.

Ze participated in the 2021 FeatureLab, and is a French production through Aurora Films, co-produced with Mongolia’s Guru Media, Portugal’s Uma pedra no Sapato, the Netherlands’ Volya Films and Germany’s 27 Films. The drama follows a teenage shaman who falls in love with a girl, upending his fragile existence in modern Mongolia.

Kamay is a documentary following a family from Afghanistan who seek justice after the death of their daughter at Kabul University. Afghanistan’s Kamay Film and Belgium’s Clin d’oeil films lead production, with support from France’s Temps Noir and Germany’s Rohfilm Factory.

The three projects have “a common thread of opening doors into worlds that many have preconceived notions of, but little first-hand insight to – they all bring us up close and personal,” according to Valeria Richter, head of studies at the Audience Design Fund.