DUBLIN MURDERS now in production

In production December 2018

TTB project MOTEL ACACIA by TTB graduate Bradley Liew, producers: TTB graduate and group leader Bianca Balbuena and TTB graduate Jeremy Chua, co-producers: by EAVE graduates Bostjan Virc and Sinisa Juricic is set to start principle photography at the end of November in the Philippines and Slovenia. Further co-production companies are Black Sheep (Philippines), Mandarin Vision (Taiwan), White Light Post (Thailand) and Tier Pictures (Singapore). Set in a fictional snowy United States, the film is about a young Filipino man who is groomed by his tyrannical Caucasian Father to take over Motel Acacia which is tasked with exterminating immigrants by the government through a bed, haunted with the spirit of a Filipino tree demon, that eats men and impregnates women.
MOTEL ACACIA has been developed under Jerusalem Film Lab with script doctor Clare Downs, EAVE Ties That Bind, Talents Tokyo, and has been presented at BiFan’s NAFF IT Project and the Berlinale Co-Production Market. It was also awarded the Talents Tokyo Next Masters development fund. Since October, the film has also a North American representation through XYZ Films.

by Dietrich Brüggemann, producer: EAVE graduate Martin Heisler is in production. According to Brüggemann, “NÖ is a film about love, about our pursuit of it and our incapability to live it fully when it’s there. It’s a film about the passage of time and about people who are in their thirties, people who have a lot, who attempt a lot, and who still often fail. It is also a film about something that cinema does particularly well: portraying emotional states.” The story follows Dina, an actress, and Michael, a doctor, as they try to hold on to their love over the course of several years. The task turns out to be a tough one as, over time, they struggle to win the approval of their parents, try to avoid unemployment and attempt to master the art of parenting. The film is has received funding from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), the German Federal Film Board (FFA), the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), Rotor Film, Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting (rbb) and ARTE. Filming will take place in Berlin and Babelsberg.

DUBLIN MURDERS by Saul Dibb, Rebecca Gatward and John Hayes, co-producer: EAVE graduate Ed Guiney is now being filmed in Belfast and Dublin. The psychological-thriller series is set during the financial boom years when the Irish economy was known as the “Celtic Tiger”. Two detectives called Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox are being tasked with investigating two mysterious murders. The victims are a talented young ballerina, who is found dead on an ancient stone altar, and a free-spirited woman, who is found stabbed in a roofless famine cottage. The story is based on Tana French’s bestselling books and has been adapted for the small screen by Sarah Phelps. Phelps and Saul Dibb will serve as executive producers, whilst Kate Harwood and Noemi Spanos will produce for Euston Films (UK), Peter Jaysen and Alan Gasmer for Veritas Entertainment (UK), Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC and Ed Guiney for Element Pictures (Ireland). The eight-episode TV series has been commissioned by the BBC and has been supported by Northern Ireland Screen.

ALL MEN BECOME BROTHERS by Robert Kirchhoff, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jiri Konecny is in production. Alexander Dubcek, leader of the Prague Spring 1968 and chairman of the Parliament after the Velvet Revolution is regarded as a humanist politician and is celebrated for his programme of “Socialism with a human face”. However, he tends to be mythologised and his death in a car crash has fuelled many conspiracy theories. “This documentary is addressing the way we relate to our recent history. It is not a classical biopic. The view on one person should be a broader view, ‘a mirror image’ of an era before and after 1989, Czechoslovakia and the world as a small history of big politics seen through the story of an icon of Socialism with a human face,” says an official statement of the film. ALL MEN BECOME BROTHERS is produced by Kirchhoff’s Atelier.doc and coproduced by Czech endorfilm, Slovak Plaftik, the Slovak national broadcaster RTVS and the Czech Television, with the support of the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Czech Film Fund and the MEDIA Programme. The documentary is currently entering the second phase of shooting and should be finished by the end of 2019.

STRAHINJA by Stefan Arsenijevic, producer: EAVE graduate and Serbian National Coordinator Miroslav Mogorovic, co-producers EAVE graduates Gilles Chanial, Borislav Chouchkov is shooting. Strahinja is an athletic, impulsive and hard-working African young man from Mali. Three years ago, when the migrant crisis started, he left Africa with his wife Ababuo. Seeking a better life, they managed to make it to Germany but were deported back to Belgrade. Serbia might not be Germany but to Strahinja it’s a decent country, where he can settle and start a new life. A football player on trial for a local club, a volunteer for the Red Cross, Strahinja stacks all the odds in his favor. Thanks to his efforts, he is convinced that they will get asylum, but the process is long. STRAHINJA is being produced by Belgrade-based Art & Popcorn and co-produced by France’s Surprise Alley, Luxembourg’s Les Films Fauves and Bulgaria’s Chouchkov Brothers. The film has been supported by Film Center Serbia, as well as by France’s CNC, Film Fund Luxembourg, the Bulgarian National Film Center and Eurimages. Shooting wraps in December. The film is being shot on location in Belgrade and surrounding areas.

Page published 18 December 2018.

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