France’s Haut Les Mains Boards Thai Film ‘A Useful Ghost’

French impartial producer Haut Les Mains has come on board “A Useful Ghost,” a movie mission that’s each topical and supernatural. The deal was introduced on the margins of the Cannes Film Festival and its accompanying rights market.

“A Useful Ghost” follows March and Nat, a fortunately married couple, and their seven-year-old son Dot. Nat dies of respiratory illness brought on by air air pollution. A saddened March is apprehensive that the identical destiny will befall his son, who progressively develops comparable signs. Nat then returns as a ghost haunting the home vacuum cleaner to attempt to suck up the mud hurting her son. She additionally longs to be accepted as a part of society and intends to show that by eliminating the much less helpful ghosts.

The movie is produced by Cattleya Paosrijaroen and Soros Sukhum (Netflix movie “Hunger”) for Bangkok-based 185 Films Co. Last yr Singapore-based artwork home producer Momo Film Co got here on board as a co-producer.

The mission is at the moment within the financing stage and isexpected to start out principal pictures later this yr. It has obtained a number of grants and help from mission markets. These embrace the Southeast Asia Co-Production Grant 2023 from Singapore’s IMDA, the Locarno Open Doors Award, Next Masters Support Program – Talent Tokyo,  Production funding from Purin Pictures and the Southeast Asian Film Lab Award by the Singapore movie pageant.

Haut Les Mains is headed by Karim Aitouna, a movie producer who works between France and Morocco. His credit embrace Anna Roussillon’s award-winning 2014 documentary “I Am the People,” Ahmed Fawzi’s 2018 title “Poisonous Roses,” which performed at Rotterdam and was Egypt’s Oscar submission, and “Europe” by Philip Scheffner, which performed on the Berlinale in 2022.

The mission is topical as Thailand is more and more affected by smoke and mud air pollution brought on by industrialization and agricultural farming. “Also, Thais always use dust allegorically [about] people who are unfairly treated as sub-human and Thailand has plenty of them due to social inequality […] With numerous unresolved deaths, murders, and forced disappearances, Thailand is haunted by its own ghosts. ‘A Useful Ghost’ then is not only a story about ghosts, it is about the resistance of people who struggle to be heard, seen, and remembered despite the oppression they face,” mentioned Aitouna.

Ratchapoom is a seasoned movie and TV screenwriter and was awarded a number of awards for his 2020 quick movie “Red Aninsri; Or, Tiptoeing on the Still Trembling Berlin Wall.”

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