#LAB 08 PROJECTS

LA CAPITAL DE LA SEMILLA

Argentina | First feature film

Direction: Tatiana Ivancovich 

Production: Nacho Losada 

Current status:Development

The plants in Buenos Aires speak a strange language and Tatiana listens to them. Their voices take her to Pergamino, the city where she grew up. What happens in that land? Searching for answers, she finds some VHS tapes filmed by his father Antonio, an agronomist, since the 1980s. The VHS tapes, which travel between Indiana (USA) and Pergamino (Argentina), mix family life and soybean plants and show up close the green revolution promoted from the US. The sick plants that Antonio studied also seem to speak: they resist their diseases and expose the limits of the agricultural business.

Now, like a strange act of resistance, the disease seems to invade everything: the plants, the animals, the bodies of the neighbours, the water and also the body of his father. Tatiana seeks refuge in the plants, listening to them to see if another form of resistance is brewing in that dialogue. What alliances and friendships can we weave with plants to face this collapsing world?

Tatiana Ivancovich (1988, USA) studied acting, cinema, writes songs in Tus Plantas and is an anthropologist. She is interested in the various intersections between social sciences and arts. She is currently a CONICET doctoral intern and researches the relationship between documentary, state and education. She has worked in the Education area of the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires between 2020 and 2022. Ivancovich participated in the Conti Cinema clinic in 2023 and in 2021 she was selected as an audiovisual director at the Young Art Biennial of Buenos Aires and in the FNA Individual Creation Scholarships. She co-directed several ethnographic and other experimental short films screened at different anthropology conferences and she also worked as a researcher for the film Buenos Aires City Tour by Esteban Bellotto Kuzminsky. In addition, she was a performer in the ethnographic theatrical project Las niñas del valle de Chalco and assistant director of the ethnographic theatrical work Carne Oscura y triste.

BACKSIDE OLLIE

España| First feature film

Direction: Bárbara Fernández

Production: Two Little Octopus

Current status:  Writing, Development

After hundreds of kilometres by bus from Jaén to Seville and vice versa, visits to the hospital, questions, paperwork and appointments with the social worker, Martina (21), a young woman born and raised in Barcelona and recently settled in a village with less than 200 people, is forced to take three days of reflection before being referred to a clinic for an abortion.

Bárbara Fernández (1997, Toledo,Spain) begins her professional career in the photography department (Netflix, Movistar, Amazon Prime…), where she discovers the dynamics and processes of an audiovisual production. Her first short film as a director, El Baile del Estornino (2020), was shown at the 2021 Sitges festival. Her forays into fashion films, music videos and documentaries reveal topics of social interest. Corazón de Tango, best video clip of the year at the Gaztea Awards 2023 and Jury Prize in Medina del Campo 2023; Save The Future (2022), cry in favor of sustainable fashion in our country; Comida Caducada (2021) or La del Barrio, an ode to small local businesses, are proof of its social commitment. Selected in Doklab for the documentary film in development Paredes en la Carretera; at the Lab del Norte for the film in development Avril; and selected in AGAPI promotes Copros and Fulgor Lab 2023 with the feature fiction project Backside Ollie.

Bio Mariona started her artistic career in theater, serving as co-author and actress in “Life’s for the Living: A Memory Play.” The play was showcased at the Escorxador Theater Festival in Lleida and later published in the book “Not About You & Life Is For The Living.”

After graduating in English philology and completing a master’s degree in Audiovisual Scriptwriting at UNIR, where she successfully brought to life “Cicatrices,” her first miniseries project, under the mentorship of María Cortés, an analyst at Globomedia, and Antonio Cuadi. Mariona has since been involved in various projects as a screenwriter. “Bisibles,” a fiction series in development, was co-written with the producer and director Vero Basku and as part of the audiovisual project developer Not Alone. Additionally, she has worked on the feature film adaptation of “El Baile del Estornino” alongside Bárbara Fdez.

Currently, Mariona is immersed in the production of “Backside Ollie,” a feature film with a focus on social and feminine themes, selected for development in FULGOR LAB and AGAPI IMPULSA COPROS, under the guidance of Daniel Froiz from Matriuska Producciones.

JURDANA

España | First feature film

Direction: Jacobo Lagüela

Production:Jacobo Lagüela 

Current status: Writing, Development 

Every November, Teresa (75) and Araceli (85), the last two neighbours of a small village in Las Hurdes, slaughter the pig with the help of their family. Despite her daughter’s insistence to move to the city with them, Teresa decides to stay in the village with her friend Araceli raising a new piglet. The unexpected death of Araceli makes Teresa hide the death from the family and cling to the care of the pig, developing a particular relationship with the animal and the environment, which will lead her to save the animal and escape from her own family to hang onto the only way of living she knows.

Between Bristol (United Kingdom) and Galicia, Jacobo Lagüela  (1991, Lugo, Spain) has more than 10 years of experience in creating audiovisual content and documentary pieces for productions by the BBC, National Geography, Netflix, Discovery, Channel4, and NGOs such as WWF or Greenpeace. Director and screenwriter of the documentary Julia (Spain, 2023), debut film selected in more than 15 international festivals and awarded for Outstanding Photography and Outstanding Film at FICA (Argentina). He has directed the short film Confinement Stories (United Kingdom, 2022) and produced and recorded Mothertruckers (2023), winner of the Rosario Valpuesta Award at the Seville Festival, with more than 30 selections and 15 awards at national and international festivals and nominated for the GOYA 2023. Lagüela is currently working on the creation of his new script Jurdana, a project selected in the Cinenido Scriptnest lab and mentored by Benito Zambrano, Diego Cañizal, Inés Nofuentes and Almudena Monzú.

TERRA VIL

Portugal | First feature film

Direction: Luís Campos

Productora: Matiné

Current status:  Advance development

João is 12 years old and lives on the banks of the Douro river with his unstable father António, who struggles with alcohol addiction. In the house next door live Teresa and

her teenage daughters Paula and Liliana, for whom João has a special devotion. The five form a kind of dysfunctional family, based on an artisanal dynamic of lampreys fishing. However, in a year plagued by drought and the effects of climate change, the business’ profitability is scarce and António’s erratic behavior makes the situation increasingly unsustainable.

Luís Campos Raposo (1985, Portugal) is an awarded filmmaker, PhD in Media_Arts and alumni of EAVE Producers Workshop, Berlinale Talents, Rotterdam Lab, ZFF Academy, Locarno Match Me and ACEProducers Mentoring Programme. Founder of GUIÕES – Portuguese Language Screenplay Festival, PLOT – Professional Script Lab and DRAMA.pt. Was invited to be part of the jury/commission for the Portuguese Film Institute and to be part of the jury international film festivals and script labs. Was the head of Film & Tv at BRO Cinema between 2018 and 2022 and part of the SPi content department before fully dedicating to its own production company Matiné in 2023. Throughout these experiences, Luis produced and/or coproduced more than 20 films, including 3 short films which he wrote and directed: Monte Clérigo (2023), Boca Cava Terra (2022) and Carga (2017).