Great support for Kaan Müjdeci from Ja­panese Min­istry of Cul­ture film fund

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Culture & Arts -

HAV­ING won many awards for his first film “Si­vas,” Kaan Müjdeci earned the right to ben­e­fit from Ja­pan’s most im­por­tant film support fund for his sec­ond fea­ture mo­tion pic­ture.

The Ja­panese Min­istry of Cul­ture will help Müjdeci with his new film “Iguana Tokyo,” which he will start to shoot in Septem­ber.

Twenty per­cent of the film’s budget will be cov­ered by Bunka-cho, a fund which has been given by the UNIJAPAN or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Ja­panese Min­istry of Cul­ture since 1974.

The fund pre­vi­ously sup­ported “Tokio!,” di­rected by Leos Carox, Michel Gondry and Bong Joon-ho in 2008, and “Like Some­one in Love,” di­rected by Ab­bas Kiarostami in 2012.

Müjdeci ap­plied for the fund through Trixta, a com­pany of Ry­ohei Tsut­sui, which is one of the co-pro­duc­ers. The fund will cover 20 per­cent of the to­tal budget, pro­vid­ing at least $300,000 and at most $700,000.

The Turk­ish Min­istry of Cul­ture and Tourism Gen­eral Di­rec­torate of Cinema also an­nounced re­cently that it will pro­vide $250,000 for the film’s pro­duc­tion.

Iguana Tokyo was cho­sen as a co­pro­duc­tion plat­form at the 34th Is­tan­bul Film Fes­ti­val’s 10th Meet­ing on the Bridge and Cinelink 2015 at the 21st Sara­jevo Film Fes­ti­val.

It is among the 15 projects cho­sen for Cannes L’Ate­lier (Cannes Work­shop) within the scope of the 69th Cannes Film Fes­ti­val.

The Ger­man-Turk­ish and Ja­panese co-pro­duc­tion will be shot in Tokyo and Ber­lin. The lan­guage of the film, which Müjdeci plans to fin­ish shoot­ings in 2018, will be Ja­panese and English. The suc­cess­ful direc­tor turned his film into art with the “Iguana Tokyo Pro­logue” as well. The work, which presents feel­ings through phys­i­cal rules, will be on dis­play un­til July 1 at the “Com­pil­ing Be­hav­iors, Di­gest­ing Actions” ex­hi­bi­tion in the Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo.

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