GOMERA is shooting

In Production March 2018

  • THE SWALLOWS OF KABUL by Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, co-producer: EAVE graduate Stephan Roelants is shooting. The feature film is an adaptation of Yasmina Khadra’s novel of the same name, which is set in 1998 in a Taliban-occupied Kabul in ruins. The story revolves around Atiq and Mussarat, who have been married for years and who barely speak to each other any more. He can’t stand his life as a prison warden in a women’s jail, while she is dying, suffering from an incurable disease. As for youngsters Mohsen and Zunaira, they are in love and believe in the future, despite all the violence and poverty. But a foolish act by Mohsen tips them over into tragedy… This production being staged the French outfit Les Armateurs has secured co-productions from France’s KNM and Mystéo, Switzerland’s Close-Up Films and RTS, and Luxembourg’s Mélusine Productions.


  • ROYALLY EVER AFTER by Lee Friedlander, co-producer: EAVE graduate Edwina Forkin is shooting. The story revolves around the character of Sara DeMarco, an American teacher in her thirties, who has found her own “Prince Charming” – namely, a handsome foreign writer visiting New Jersey. Nonetheless, Sara will receive an unexpected marriage proposal and will find out that her boyfriend is actually Prince Daniel, heir to the throne of the small kingdom of St Ives. ROYALLY EVER AFTER is being produced by US firm Wonderfly Films. The Irish co-producer is Dublin-based Zanzibar Films. Filming will run in Sligo until 30 March.


  • THE ROOM by Christian Volckman, producer: EAVE graduate Jacques-Henri Bronckart starts shooting. Written by Eric Forestier and Christian Volckman, the story revolves around Kate and Matt, a couple in their early thirties, who are in search of some authenticity in their lives. The young couple decide to leave the city behind, buy a big house in the middle of nowhere and renovate it. Shortly after they move, they discover a strange, hidden room that is unlike the others, and which is capable of fulfilling all their desires. Their new life becomes a veritable fairy tale. Kate and Matt give in to all of the temptations that the Room offers them. Money and champagne start flowing like water, but a shadow looms over this apparent Garden of Eden: the Room will bring to light their deepest desire, and will grant them the very thing they have always been waiting for, and which Mother Nature had been denying them… Produced by Yaël Fogiel and Laetitia Gonzalez for Les Films du Poisson, THE ROOM will be co-produced by Belgian outfit Versus Production and Luxembourg’s Bidibul Productions. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature has also secured backing from such sources as Wallimage, the Groupe Ouest and the Procirep. The shoot will continue until mid-May in Belgium and Luxembourg. 


  • GOMERA by Corneliu Porumboiu, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach is shooting. Porumboiu wrote the screenplay, which follows policeman Cristi, who arrives on La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands, to learn El Silbo, a whistling form of communication. Cristi’s mission is to find information that could potentially lead to the release of a controversial businessman currently imprisoned in a Romanian jail. The film is being produced by Porumboiu’s 42 Km Film in co-production with Les Films du Worso (France) and Komplizen Film (Germany). Production started in February and is expected to wrap at the end of April. The main shooting locations are Bucharest and the Spanish island of La Gomera. The film received financial support from the Romanian National Film Center and Eurimages.


  • CONVOI EXCEPTIONNEL by Bertrand Blier, producer: EAVE graduate Jacques-Henri Bronckart is shooting. The story follows the adventures of Foster, who one day meets Taupin (Gerard Depardieu and Christian Clavier). Foster is wearing an overcoat, while Taupin is dressed in rags. All this would be trivial if it weren’t for the fact that one of them is in possession of a script, the script of their lives and deaths. All that’s left to do is open the pages and tremble with fear... The film is being produced by Curiosa Films, Ouille Productions and Versus Production. Orange Studio is co-producing. Shooting in Brussels started in February and is due to wrap up at the end of March. 


  • DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH by Christoph Röhls, producer: EAVE graduate Martin Heisler is shooting. The documentary tells the story of a man who spent his life protecting the church - which was his home and family - and led them into their greatest crisis: Joseph Ratzinger, German Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned in 2013. The documentary analyzes this traditional system of belief and power and its struggle with the upheavals of the 20th century. The film is coproduced by ZDF / 3sat and Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg and was sponsored by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Nordmedia and Deutscher Filmförderfonds.


  • THE FLOOD WON’T COME by Marat Sargsyan, producer: EAVE graduate Ieva Norviliene is shooting. A famous colonel, who acted as a war consultant in different countries for many years, now finds himself in a strange situation – when civil war breaks out in his native country, he becomes a colonel fighting for one of the sides. The main characters are played by the famous Lithuanian theatre and cinema actors Valentinas Masalskis and Remigijus Vilkaitis. The cast includes Sigitas Račkys and Albinas Keleris. THE FLOOD WON’T COME is produced by Ieva Norviliene through Tremora. The project is supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre.Principal photography started in Valkininkai, Lithuania in September 2017 and will wrap in August 2018.


  • OLEG by Juris Kursietis, producers: EAVE graduates Alise Gelze and Aija Berzina, Lukas Trimonis and Isabelle Truc is shooting. The drama about a butcher who leaves for Brussels to work in a local meat factory, but gets under the control of a Polish criminal is a Latvian/Lithuanian/Belgian co-production. Shooting started in Latvia in January 2018, with a second stage taking place in Brussels and its outskirts in March 2018. Funding is coming from the National Film Centre of Latvia, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel, Belgian Tax Incentive, and planned funding from Eurimages and the Lithuanian Film Centre.

Page published 29 March 2018.

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