Legende and Parts & Labor scripts among development projects at MIA market.

Hana Makhmalbaf

Projects from producer Alain Goldman and directors Hana Makhmalbaf and Sally Potter are among scripts being presented in Rome as part of the MIA’s New Cinema Network (NCN) and Make It With Italy co-production strands.

In the NCN strand, La Vie En Rose producer Goldman of Paris-based Legende is in development on English-language US-set drama Mustang from actress and writer-director Laure de Clermont-Tonnere (Girafada), director of well-received shorts Rabbit and Atlantic Avenue.

Mustang charts the story of an inmate serving an 11-year prison sentence who is given the chance to participate in an unusual therapy programme.

Legende, currently in pre-production on buzzed-about thriller HHHH, is also supporting Romanian drama 237 Years from first-time filmmaker Iona Mischie.

Paris-based Incognito Films is in development on English-language drama Mobile Homes while English-language fracking romance 50 Miles From Boomtown teams Swiss outfit Turnus Film with Love Is Strange producers Parts & Labor Films, based in New York.

The Girl From The Wardrobe director Bodo Kox is in development on Polish outfit Alter Ego Pictures’ dystopian drama The Man With The Magic Box.

Among Italian NCN titles are Costanzo Quatriglio’s Just Like My Son, Francesco Falaschi’s Absolute Palate and Elisa Amoruso’s Goddess Of Calm Seas.

Meanwhile, as previously reported by Screen, Sally Potter is in development on The Party.

Among Make It With Italy scripts, director Hana Makhmalbaf, whose acclaimed titles include festival favourite Buddha Collapsed Out Of Shame, and who most recently edited her father Mohsen’s 2014 title The President, is currently in development on Italian-language feature Single Mother.

The Italian-UK project charts the struggles of a 22 year-old single mother in search of a job and love in contemporary Italy.

Also in the strand Aku Louhimies is set to direct Irish co-production Cycle from Samson Films and Valerio Mieli, director of Ten Winters In Venice, is on board to make French and English-language coming-of-age comedy drama Les Filles Du Temps, produced by Les Films D’Ici and Partner Media Investment.

Most projects in the NCN strand will compete for a €20,000 cash prize from Eurimages, while Italian producers in the two strands will also be eligible for a €30,000 award from the Italian government.

The NCN selection committee included Sundance Institute’s Paul Federbush and Anne Lai and HanWay’s Matthew Baker while the strand’s Eurimages award jury includes Element’s Ed Guiney and Lucky Red’s Stefano Massenzi.