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Lab films to premiere at Sarajevo and San Sebastian

“The Black Pin” is the first lab film to premiere at Sarajevo. The film, written and directed by the Lab's second edition alumnus, Ivan Marinovicwon the 2014 Lab's 2nd prize, and is his first full-length feature as writer/director. The project also won the national film concourse in Montenegro.


The inclusion of a Lab developed film into the Sarajevo program is another one in a line of similar showcases for the Lab's films in leading festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Tribeca, Sundance and Pusan.


Later this year, "A Taste of Ink" will premiere at the San Sebastian film festival. The film was written and directed by another second edition alumnus, Morgan Simon. "A Taste of Ink" will be Simon's first feature film.




The Black Pin tell the story of Father Peter, who is afraid that universe is indifferent. God no longer intervenes. His wife has abandoned him. His son only rebels against him. And his mother seldom recognizes him thanks to Alzheimer's. All Peter wants is a moment of peace but he becomes an obstacle to a large property sale in his Montenegrin seaside parish.

Some of the villagers already got rich over night through selling their inherited real estate, but they wasted money on buying stuff such as fancy cars and hot tubs in the village without water. So now, after the economic crisis took its toll, they are expecting a new sale to save them from their debts. Peasants' leader Savo, is expecting an investor from Western Europe, and he is stuck in a situation with the stubborn, seemingly misanthropic priest.

Not only that Peter is opposing their action, he turns out to be judgmental towards them. So the group of colorful, but also vengeful villagers decides to chase him away. No peace here for Father Peter. They stir up the rest of the superstitious village making them believe that Peter is the cause of all troubles on the peninsula. They even conjure apparitions with a bunch of turtles with candles on their back roaming over the graveyard at night.

Their war escalates on a funeral of a supposed witch that they turn into surreal mayhem. Peter is discredited as a priest and his misery culminates with his mother's death. His faith has completely vanished, but of course that's when his enemies show kindness to him.



A Taste of Ink tells the story of Vincent. Vincent’s sick of it all.

He’s barely a third of the way through his life but he’s already tattooed over half his body. He screams with his band and fights during shows.

His life in Paris is split between the touristy areas where he works as a body piercer, a job he can’t stand anymore, and poor neighborhoods where he lives with his father, a fishmonger he’s unable to confront.

His mother died some months ago but his father has already replaced her with a younger woman. Despite Vincent’s anger, this girl caught between two ages will be the first to reawaken his desire.


Congratulations and good luck!


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