EAVE project PSYCHOBITCH shooting now

In Production February 2018

  • GUT GEGEN NORDWIND by Vanessa Jopp, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach is in production. The plot: Leo receives emails in error from an unknown woman called Emmi. Being polite he replies, and Emmi writes back. A few brief exchanges are all it takes to spark a mutual interest in each other, and soon Emmi and Leo are sharing their innermost secrets and longings. The erotic tension simmers, and it seems only a matter of time before they will meet in person. But they keep putting off the moment – the prospect both excites and unsettles them. And after all, Emmi is happily married. Will their feelings for each other survive the test of a real-life encounter? And if so, what then? The film is a Komplizen Film production with Erfttal Film and Deutsche Columbia Pictures. Funded by the German FFA, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, DFFF, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.


  • THE HARVESTERS by Etienne Kallos, producer: EAVE graduate Sophie Erbs, Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Mariusz Wlodarski is in production. The French-Greek-Polish-South African co-production by Cinéma Defacto, Heretic, Lava Films and Spier Films gets support from the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, CNC – Aides aux Cinemas du Monde / Institut Français, Fondation Gan – Prix Opening Shot, French-Greek Coproduction Fund CNC/GFC, ant the Polish Film Institute.


  • HOW TO SELL A WAR by Rudolph Herzog, co-producer: EAVE graduate Vladimer Katchavara, executive producer: EAVE graduate Aleksi Bardy is shooting in Georgia. The film tells the story of an over-confident PR consultant who must create a fake news story that claims a war is still raging in Georgia in order to make sure the London-based event she is promoting, the Piece of Peace global charity event, is a huge success. HOW TO SELL A WAR is being produced by Dublin-based Film and Music Entertainment (IRE), co-producers are Georgia’s 20 Steps Productions and Kinomedia/GF. Financing comes from the UK’s Quickfire, Helsinki-based IPR.VC and Creative England, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre and the tax credit scheme of Enterprise Georgia. Production will take place on location in Georgia and Dublin.


  • ISAAC by Jurgis Matulevicius, co-producer: EAVE graduate Kuba Kosma is shooting. The film has been more than five years in the making, and only a couple of shooting days are left to finish in Ukraine in April, although editing has already begun. The plot: In 1941, Lithuanian activist Andrius Gluosnis kills a Jew, Isaac, in the Lietukis garage massacre. Years later in Soviet Lithuania, Gluosnis’ film director friend Gutauskas returns from the USA to make a film about the massacre. While researching the details for the film, he finds out that his friend was not just a passive bystander. Gluosnis’ life begins to crumble during the preparations for the film, his guilt torturing him until he understands that he has to make peace with the victim. The co-production between Lithuania, Ukraine and Poland is a psychological drama composed of long takes. ISAAC is being produced by Stasys Baltakis of Lithuanian company Film Jam, and co-produced by Ukraine’s Esse House and Kuba Kosma’s Takfilm. The Lithuanian Film Fund is supporting the project.


  • THE PLAY by Alejandro Fernandez, producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille is shooting. The black-and-white drama with comic elements follows the young director of a theatre in a Czech town. He attempts to stage a personal and ambitious play, Phaedra by Euripides, based on Miguel de Unamuno’s rendition from 1930 and set against the 1991-1992 privatisation of Czech enterprises. In the process, he faces myriad professional hurdles and personal crises. The co-production between Chile, the Czech Republic and France is funded by a grant from the Jeonju Cinema Project and the Chilean Film Fund.


  • EAVE project PSYCHOBITCH by Martin Lund, producers: EAVE graduates Ruben Thorkildsen, Guido Schwab, Marcel Lenz, Ditte Milsted is shooting. The plot: Marius is a middle school pupil, tormented by the very thought of not being a success. When the teacher teams him up with Frida, the outsider of his class, so begins a tumultuous relationship that will truly test Marius’ character and status.


  • EIA’S CHRISTMAS AF PHANTOM OWL FARM by Anu Aun, producer: EAVE Marketing Workshop graduate Laura Talvet, Maie Rosmann-Lill is in production. The film follows 10-year-old Eia, whose Christmas holiday takes an unexpected turn after being brought to a mysterious farm in rural Southern Estonia. She follows her heart to rescue an old primeval forest, helps two lovers find each other, and is destined to unwrap her family's well-kept secret. The adventure film for the whole family aims to bring the viewers closer to nature. The film uses two directors of photography; director of photography Heiko Sikka will film all of the acted scenes, and nature cinematographer Ants Tammik will film the documentary nature scenes of forest animals and birds. Luxfilm and Kinosaurus Film are coproducing funding comes from Estonian Film Institute’s Estonia 100 film programme. Shooting, which kicked off in January, takes place in Southern Estonia with some scenes shot in the capital Tallinn. The filming wraps in March. 

Page published 27 February 2018. Updated 28 February 2018.

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