Ursula Meier’s ‘Quiet Land’ Teams Bandita, Cinefacture, Animal Kingdom (Exclusive)

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Ursula Meier’s ‘Quiet Land’ Teams Bandita, Cinefacture, Animal Kingdom (Exclusive)
Locarno, Switzerland — Ursula Meier, one of Europe’s most highly-rated women film directors, will make her English-language debut with “Quiet Land,” a noirish drama-thriller set and to be shot in the U.S.

Produced by a high-pedigree combination of Switzerland’s Bandita Films, France’s Cinéfacture and U.S.-based Animal Kingdom Films, the movie, Meier’s third full feature, marks a palpable attempt to raise the ambition, reach and budget of a striking women auteur’s career.International sales on “Quiet Land” will be handled by Paris-based Memento Films Intl, which has handled two Palme d’Or winners, “The Class” and “Winter Sleep.”

In an early confirmation of the excitement surrounding the project, “Quiet Land” won a weighty SFR1 million ($1 million) grant from Suissimage, the Swiss authors’ rights collection society.

Targeting women filmmakers, the Suissimage grant was announced Sunday morning at Switzerland’s Locarno Festival. at, not coincidentally, a
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