HEADS AND TAILS now in post-production
In Post-Production May 2017
- THE FAVOURITE by Yorgos Lanthimos, producer: EAVE graduate Ed Guiney has wrapped principal photography in London. The film is a bawdy, acerbic tale of royal intrigue, passion, envy and betrayal in the court of Queen Anne in early 18th century England. At the centre of the story is the Queen, whose relationship with her confidante, adviser and clandestine lover Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough is turned upside down by the arrival of the Duchess’s younger cousin Abigail. Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone are are in the cast of this Irish-British-US American co-production. Ceci Dempsey of Scarlet Films (UK) and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures (Ireland) reunite with Lanthimos to serve as producers, along with Lee Magiday. Executive producers are Andrew Lowe for Element, Ken Kao for Waypoint Entertainment (US), and Daniel Battsek and Rose Garnett for Film4 (UK). The script was co-developed with the British Film Institute and the Irish Film Board. Fox Searchlight Pictures (US), Film4 and Waypoint partnered on the production of the film and Fox Searchlight will release worldwide.
- A PICTURE WITH YUKI by Lachezar Avramov, co-producers: EAVE graduate Borislav Chouchkov and Ties That Bind graduate Kosuke Ono is in post-production. The first ever Bulgarian-Japanese co-production has Ties That Bind graduate Kiki Sugino as lead actress. The screenplay, co-written between Avramov and Dimitar Stoyanovich, is based on a short story by the writer Miroslav Penkov. It centres on Georgi (Ruscen Vidinliev), a Bulgarian man living in Canada, and his Japanese wife Yuki (Kiki Sugino). Their troubled marriage may be salvageable if they have a child, so they travel to Bulgaria for its cheaper IVF procedures. While visiting the countryside, they are involved in a tragic accident that claims the life of a Gypsy child. The tragedy and its consequences will lead Georgi and Yuki to seek answers regarding their future together and their true reasons for wanting a child. The Bulgarian National Film Centre provided support. The film was shot last autumn over six weeks in locations including Sofia and Plovdiv, but mostly in several villages in the Bulgarian countryside — including Izvor, a secluded Gypsy community from which the team also hired extras and special extras. The film’s DoP is Torsten Lippstock. Post-production is expected to wrap in autumn.
- DER UNSCHULDIGE by Simon Jaquemet, producer: EAVE MW graduate Jonas Katzenstein is in post-production. With his latest film, Jaquemet confirms his interest in cutting and nonconformist subjects. He looks at the free churches (Freikirchen), more specifically the link that brings followers together under one and the same roof. DER UNSCHULDIGE attempts to give us a portrait of a religious community through the personal story of a women who suddenly finds herself facing her own past. Will her love for Jesus prove stronger than her feelings? An atypical and engaging subject that takes us on an emotional rollercoaster. Production is being handled by young Zurich-based company 8horses (which Jaquemet is part of) in partnership with German company Augenschein Filmproduktion. The film is being supported by the Swiss Confederation, Zürcher Filmstiftung, SRF, Teleclub, Arte Germania and ZDF.
- HEADS AND TAILS by Nicolae Constantin Tanase, producer: EAVE graduate Anamaria Antoci is in post-production. The screenplay, written by Tănase together with Raluca Mănescu. Laurenţiu, a man waiting for his brother to come back from abroad. During an altercation in a club, Laurenţiu receives a hard blow to the head. He refuses to be hospitalised and barely manages to get back home, desperate to confess something to his brother, whose arrival has been delayed. The film shows his experiences over the next day, but also glimpses of his past, and everything is put into context by the possibility that this may be Laurenţiu’s last day. The movie was shot in October 2015, with additional shooting days at the end of 2016. The project received support as a short film from the Romanian National Film Center and a co-production grant from the Czech Film Fund. Nicolae Constantin Tănase says the film was inspired by a news item in the Romanian press. Intrigued by how the event was covered in the media, he and his writing partner wanted to explore the idea of perception. As for the decision to make a feature instead of a short film, the director says that following improvisation exercises with the actors, he “started to realise that time is a crucial factor in understanding the protagonist’s drama and how he got there”.
- LET HIM BE A BASKETBALL PLAYER by Boris Petkovic, producer: EAVE graduate Frenk Celarc is finishing post-production. The film is based on a well-known book of the same title by Primož Suhadolčan, who also wrote the screenplay. It tells the story of Ranta, a very tall teenage boy. When the gym teacher at his school notices his talent for playing basketball Ranta’s world is turned upside down. He becomes the most popular boy at the school and experiences his first love. The film is produced by Frenk Celarc through Gustav Film in co-production with RTV Slovenija. Other co-producers are MB Grip, Studio Ritem, Unicasting and Pecl. The project was supported by the Slovenian Film Center and FS Viba. It also received development funding from Media.
- LIEBE TANTE, GUTEN TAG by Jurate and Vilma Samulionyte, producer: EAVE graduate Ieva Norviliene is in post-production. In this creative documentary two sisters from Lithuania, a filmmaker and a photographer, take a journey through their German grandmother’s past. During their research the authors encountered her love story, her discomfort over being German in Soviet Lithuania and a chain of suicides in their family. The documentary is driven by a need to talk about unspoken topics, look for answers and break taboos. Shooting, which lasted 3 years, took place from 2014 till 2016. The film takes place in Germany and Lithuania as the characters uncover their roots and long-forgotten stories. The film is produced by Ieva Norvilienė through Lithuania's Tremora in co-production with German Dagstar Film. It received support from the Lithuanian Film Centre, Film und Medien Stiftung NRW and Filmförderungsanstalt.
Page published 30 May 2017.