EAVE project THE MUTE now in production

In Production October 2017

  • PASSED BY CENSOR by Serhat Karaaslan, producer: EAVE graduate Serkan Cakarer finished shooting. Written by the director, the story revolves around 30-year-old Zakir, who works in the letter-reading department of a prison located in the heart of Istanbul. His work consists of blacking out the sensitive parts of the letters that the inmates receive and send. Zakir goes through life without much enthusiasm, his prospects for the future being limited in a country where everything is under surveillance. That is, until the day he decides to enrol in a creative-writing course, where he meets Emel, a young woman his own age. When their course teacher asks the class “to write a short story inspired by a photograph”, Zakir steals one of the dozens of photographs he finds in the prisoners’ letters. The one that captures his attention is a family portrait belonging to an inmate called Recep, depicting himself, his beautiful wife Selma and his father in the prison’s visiting room. Zakir’s curiosity is aroused each time Selma visits her husband. Soon, his desire to feed his story and the one that is born from observing Selma come into conflict. The project was developed at a number of writing residencies, such as the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation, the Jerusalem International Film Lab and the Locarno Filmmakers Academy. It also passed through the Berlinale Talent Project Market, the Paris Coproduction Village, the Mediterranean Film Institute’s “MFI Script 2 Film Workshops” and the Film Development Workshop – Meetings on the Bridge in Turkey. Produced by Serkan Cakarer for Turkish outfit +90 Film Production, PASSED BY CENSOR is being co-produced by Germany’s Departures Film and France’s Silex Films, with support from Eurimages, the Turkish Ministry of Culture, TOY, Bir Film, the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and Bac Films.


  • RAFAEL by Ben Sombogaert, producer: EAVE graduate Reinier Selen, co-producer: EAVE graduate Sinisa Juricic started filming on locations in Croatia. RAFAEL is the true story of a Dutch woman who tried to save her Tunesian husband from a refugee camp in Lampedusa, attracting a short burst of media attention. The Croatian co-producer is Sinisa Juricic from Jaako Dobra Produkcija in collaboration with Nukleus Film. The film is is supported by the Netherlands Film Production Incentive and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre’s incentives programme.


  • LE POULAIN by Mathieu Sapin, producer: EAVE graduate David Grumbach is shooting. Written by Mathieu Sapin and Noé Debré, the screenplay focuses on Arnaud Jaurès, a 25-year-old who is new to the world of politics and who, thanks to a certain set of circumstances, ends up on the campaign team for a candidate running in the presidential election. Jaurès finds himself as an assistant to Agnès Karadzic, director of communications, a powerful and experienced woman who attracts and fascinates him. She introduces him to campaign tactics, and he watches drama and rivalry within the team unfold from the comfort of her side, gradually abandoning his naivety to climb the ladder towards a very strategic position. Produced by Francis Boepsflug and Stéphane Parthenay for Pyramide Productions and by David Grumbach and Mathieu Robinet for Bac Films, LE POULAIN benefits from advance financing from Canal + and Ciné +, as well as support from the Occitanie region and Sofica Indéfilms, Cofimages and Cinémages. Having commenced on 18 September, the six-week shoot took place in Montpellier and Paris.


  • LES FILLES DU SOLEIL by Eva Husson, producers: EAVE graduates Didar Domehri, Vladimer Katchavara and Dan Wechsler is shooting. Written by the director herself, the story begins somewhere in Kurdistan. Bahar (Golshifteh Farahani), the commanding officer of the Daughters of the Sun, a battalion made up entirely of Kurdish female soldiers, is on the cusp of taking back control of the city where she was captured by extremists just a few months prior. French journalist Mathilde (Emmanuelle Bercot) is covering the first three days of the offensive. When the two women meet, all of Bahar’s experiences since the men in black burst into her life come bubbling back to the surface. Produced by Didar Domehri for Maneki Films and co-produced by French outfits Wild Bunch and Arches Films, Belgium’s Gapbusters, Georgia’s 20 Steps Productions and Switzerland’s Bord Cadre films. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+, OCS, RTBF and Proximus, the feature is also being supported by BackUp Media, Indéfilms 6, B Media 2014 and Cinécap, the Casa Kafka Pictures tax shelter, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the CNC, Film in Georgia, the Creative Europe – MEDIA programme, the ANGOA and the Aquitaine region. The shoot takes place in Georgia and France, with Denmark’s Mattias Troelstrup serving as DoP.


  • EAVE project THE MUTE by Bartosz Konopka, producer: EAVE graduate Anna Wydra is in production. The film follows two Christian knights, who set off on a journey to a remote pagan village in the early Middle Ages. As they settle into the local community, their faith, belief system and the bond between them are all put to the test. The script was penned by Konopka, Przemysław Nowakowski and Anna Wydra, who is also producing the film through her Warsaw-based company Otter Films. The co-producers are Poland’s Odra Film and Belgium’s Earlybirds Films. The project is being supported by the Polish Film Institute, Screen Flanders, Eurimages, ColorOffOn and Creative Europe. The script had been developed during the EAVE programme and was already awarded at the 2013 edition of the ScripTeast Workshop. Principal photography started in September on location in the mountains in Poland.


  • SISTERS by Emin Alper, co-producers: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach, Stienette Bosklopper is shooting. SISTERS tells the story of three sisters from a poor village in Central Anatolia. The girls are given to affluent families as foster children in the hope of improving their lives. The film is co-production of Liman Film (Turkey), Komplizen Film (Germany), Circe Films (The Netherlands) and Horsefly Productions (Greece). Supported by Medienboard, the German-Turkish Co-Production Development Fonds, Insignia and the Netherlands Film Fund.

Page published 26 October 2017. Updated 31 October 2017.

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