EAVE project BREAKING SURFACE is now in production

In production January 2019

EAVE project BREAKING SURFACE by Joachim Heden, producer: EAVE graduate Julia Gebauer and Film Finance Forum graduate Jonas Sörensson is shooting. The film tells the story of Swedish/Norwegian half sisters who go on a winter diving trip in Northern Norway, when they get trapped after a rockslide. Julia Gebauer and Jonas Sörensson produce for Sweden’s Way Creative Films with co-producers Film i Väst, SVT, Film i Skåne, Umedia, Filmfond Nord and Screen Flanders. BREAKING SURFACE is shooting at Lites studios in Flanders at the world’s deepest water tank; it is the first film to shoot there. After Belgium, the film will shoot in Strömstad, Sweden; Lofoten, Norway; and Göteborg, Sweden. It wraps in mid-March. TrustNordisk has boarded sales for the movie and Nordisk Film will distribute in Scandinavia with the theatrical launch planned for the end of 2019.

IN THE DUSK by Sarunas Bartas, co-producers: EAVE graduates Petra Oplatkova, Janja Kralj, Artemio Benki, EAVE + graduate Gints Grube is in production. The film is set during the desperate guerrilla war that took place during the last phases of the Second World War and the first few post-war years. During that period, between 1944 and 1953, Lithuania witnessed turbulent battles between local partisans and the Soviet forces, which resulted in more than 50,000 casualties on both sides and a failed attempt to restore the Baltic country's independence. The feature is being produced by the director himself and Jurga Dikciuviene for Vilnius-based Studio Kinema, in co-operation with five European partners: Sirena Film (Czech Republic), KinoElektron (France), Biberche Productions (Serbia), Terratreme Films (Portugal) and Mistrus Media (Latvia). The project has received grants provided by the co-producing countries' film bodies –  the Lithuanian Film Centre, the Czech Film Fund, Film Center Serbia, the CNC’s French-Portuguese co-production fund and the National Film Centre of Latvia. Filming started in Lithuania in December 2018, and the movie will be ready for theatrical release in the spring of 2020.

THE REPORT by Peter Bebjak, co-producers: EAVE graduates Marcel Lenz and Guido Schwab is shooting. The story is inspired by What Dante Did Not See, a book written by Alfred Wetzler, his testimony after escaping Auschwitz extermination camp with Rudolf Vrba in 1944. The report (“Vrba-Wetzler report”) eventually reached W. Churchill and F. Roosevelt and led to the saving of several thousands of Hungarian Jews. Bebjak is shooting the film on location in a replica of the camp built for the purposes in Slovakia (the parts in which the protagonists resided and moved around), while several scenes will be also shot in the Czech Republic. THE REPORT is being produced by D.N.A. (Slovakia) and co-produced by Evolution Films (Czech Republic), Agresywna Banda (Poland) and ostlicht filmproduktion (Germany). Slovak Audiovisual Fund and Radio and Television Slovakia financed the project as did Czech Television.

SEULES LES BÊTES by Dominik Moll, co-producer: EAVE graduate Verona Meier is shooting. The story, penned by the director with his regular writing partner Gilles Marchand, based on the novel of the same name by Colin Niel, begins with the disappearance of a woman. The day after a snowstorm, her car is discovered on a road leading up to a plateau where a handful of remote farms eke out a living. While the police have nothing to go on, five people are known to be linked to the disappearance. Each one harbours his or her own secret, but no one could have suspected that this whole affair began far away from this windswept wintry mountain, on an entirely different continent, where the searing sun burns bright and where poverty does not stop desire from laying down the law. The film is produced by Haut et Court and co-produced by Razor Film Produktion and France 3 Cinéma. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature has also secured backing from Eurimages. The eight-week shoot will take place in France (in Sète and Florac) until 20 February, before continuing in Abidjan, where the final clapperboard will slam on 22 March.

Page published 29 January 2019.

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