EAVE project BREAKING SURFACE now in post-production

In post-production September 2019

EAVE project BREAKING SURFACE by Joachim Heden, producer: EAVE graduate Julia Gebauer is in post-production. 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 was shot at Lites studios in Flanders at the world’s deepest water tank. After Belgium, the film was filmed in Strömstad, Sweden; Lofoten, Norway; and Göteborg, Sweden.

LOA FORÊT DE MON PÈRE by Véro Cratzborn, producer: EAVE graduate Isabelle Truc is in production. The film follows the strange journey of 15 years old Gina. She lives in a city on the edge of the forest. She admires her father, unpredictable and whimsical, able to take his children into the woods at night, even if it means forgetting them. Jimmy's more and more frequent misdemeanours end up alarming his wife Carole. Their fragile family balance is soon broken when Jimmy is interned in a psychiatric hospital. When Gina meets Nico, a boy from her neighbourhood, she discovers love and sees a way of escaping her father. The feature is produced by Iota Production, Blue Monday Productions and Louise Productions. Filming will take place in Montigny-le-Tilleul in the region of Charleroi and near Lille.

BLACK GARDEN, BLUE SKIES by Nora Martirosyan, producer: EAVE graduate Annabella Nezri is in post-production. The story revolves around Alain, a French international auditor, who comes to assess the airport of a self-proclaimed republic in the Caucasus in order to give the green light for its reopening. A little boy from the local area, Edgar, roams around the airport, seemingly engaged in some bizarre transactions. The man and the child eventually cross paths. Produced by the French Sister Productions and co-produced by Armenia’s Aneva Production and Belgium’s Kwassa Films, the film has been pre-purchased by TV5 Monde and received backing from the CNC’s advance on receipts, Eurimages, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, the Wallonia-Brussels fund, the Occitanie region, the Procirep, the Hubert Bals Fund and KinoKentron (the Armenian national film centre). The movie has also received support from the Villa Medici, the Jerusalem Filmlab, Open Doors Locarno, the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation Atelier and the Angers Workshops. In addition to winning the Best Screenplay Award at the Amiens Film Festival and the Beaumarchais Award at Cinemed in Montpellier, BLACK GARDEN, BLUE SKIES has also secured a grant from the Institut français.

DE NOS FRÈRES BLESSÉS by Hélier Cisterne, co-producer: EAVE + graduate Jean-Yves Roubin is shooting. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Joseph Andras the screenplay dives into the heart of a couple's memories, a story of love and commitment. Fernand Iveton is arrested in his factory in 1956, in Algiers, accused of planting a bomb. Helene’s life, who is now the wife of a "traitor," is turned upside down. But she refuses to abandon Fernand to his fate. Produced Les Films du Bélier, the film was co-produced by France 3 Cinéma, the Belgian outfit Frakas Productions and the Algerian company Laïth Media. Pre-purchased by France 3, Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film has also received an advance on earnings from the CNC, as well as support from the South (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur) and Ile-de-France regions, Sofica Cinéventure, Manon and Cinémage. Nine weeks of filming will take place in Paris, Algiers and Marseille.

Page published 30 September 2019.

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