Project: Bonobo Jingo
Scrs: Slawomir Fabicki, Mieczyslaw Krzel
Estimated budget: $4m (Eu3m)
Funding in place: $104,900 (Eu76,000)
Bonobo Jingo refers to the name of a pygmy chimpanzee found by two young boys while they are out thieving on a train.
'The chimpanzee acts as a catalyst for events,' says Polish directorSlawomir Fabicki. 'It is thanks to him that the young hero regains hisconfidence. His little sister will start speaking again. His olderbrother will discover it is not necessary to have money in order tofind love.
It is a film about the importance of being supportive andgood-hearted.'
Fabicki says the premise might be unusual but the story is a universalone. 'Young audiences are likely to believe the film because they willrecognise their playground friends as well as their parents coping withvarious problems,' he suggests.
Fabicki is making a name for himself as a director of films for youngpeople. His first feature, Retrieval (Z Odzysku), was selected for UnCertain Regard at Cannes in 2006, where it took the Ecumenical Juryprize.
Retrieval is the story of 19-year-old Wojtek who lives in apoverty-stricken Polish town and is in love with an older woman, anillegal immigrant from the Ukraine. In order to make money, he boxesillegally until he meets a man who makes him an offer that, whiledangerous, could help him obtain a residency permit for his girlfriend.
Fabicki's 2001 short A Man Thing (Meska Sprawa), a film about a lonelyboy whose only friend is his dog, won an Oscar nomination for best liveaction short film.
Opus Films, one of the Poland's leading film and TV companies, is producing Bonobo Jingo.