ART THERAPY by Erle Veber is in production

In Production and Post-Production May 2024

In production

  • SAUVONS LES MEUBLES by Caterine Cosme, producers: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes and PUENTES and EAVE+ graduate Britte Rindelaub is in production. The film centres on Lucile and Paul, in their forties, who are called back home to their parents because their mother is dying. They were not aware of her illness, but also discover another secret: their mother has usurped Lucile’s identity and fallen deeply into debt. In this emergency, before their mother passes away, Lucile and Paul will have to find their way to forgiveness and save a lot more than just the furniture. The film is produced for Hélicotronc and co-produced by French Tripode Productions, and Swiss Alva Films. It has received support from the Fédération Wallonie -Bruxelles, Be TV, the RTBF, Proximus, the Tax Shelter via Shelter Prod, the Loterie nationale, the Région Occitanie and the Office Fédéral de la Culture suisse.

  • WHITES WASH AT NINETY by Marko Nabersnik, co-producer: EAVE graduate, group leader and Croatian National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic is shooting. The story starts off in Ljubljana in the 1980s. Young Bronja is growing up with her parents, Janez and Mita, her brother Rok and her grandmother Dada. As she gets older, she has to face the death of her mother, her brother’s fatal accident, her own cancer diagnosis and her grandma’s passing. Luckily for her, she always has something to live for… WHITES WASH AT NINETY is an adaptation of a best-selling autobiographical novel by Bronja Zakelj, who also co-wrote the script with the filmmaker. Ales Pavlin and Andrej Stritof are the producers for Perfo. The film is being co-produced by Nikolina Vucetic-Zecevic (Biberche), Ankica Juric Tilic (Kinorama), Miljan Vucelic (Protos Film), Tomi Salkovski and Kristijan Burovski (Black Cat Production), as well as Michele Codarin and Giorgio Milocco for Italy’s Quasar. The film has received financial support from the Slovenian Film Centre, POP TV, Viba Film, Film Center Serbia, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the North Macedonia Film Agency, the Film Centre of Montenegro, the Friuli-Venezia-Guilia Film Commission and Eurimages. According to the shooting schedule, it will last for 32 days and continue until the end of June on location in Slovenia (Ljubljana and Tržič), Italy (Trieste and Udine) and Croatia (Rovinj), with eight more shooting days pencilled in for the end of September.

  • ART THERAPY by Erle Veber, producer: B’EST graduate Anneli Ahven is currently in production. The documentary about Estonian artist Marko Mäetamm and the healing effect of contemporary art on the spirit of both the artist and the audience dives into the world of Mäetamm, into what serving the people as an artist is, and examines the role of a sensitive and courageous creator in influencing the thought patterns of society. At the same time, the film asks what the role of the contemporary artist is. Can we accept what the artist offers and benefit from it? As contemporaries, do we know the language of our artists? Who is the artist talking to? Where is the artist's place in the collective image of our society? Anneli Ahven is producing through Estonia’s Kopli Kinokompanii. “The Estonian financing is planned at 70% and we are looking for 30% as international contribution. In 2024, we participate in several coproduction markets to find potential coproducers and sales agents interested in documentaries about contemporary art. The film also includes animation elements which reflect different periods of Marko Mäetamm’s artist journey, so an animation partner from another country would enrich the project very much”, producer Anneli Ahven said. Art Therapy will be completed in the spring of 2026.

  • SKATEBOARDING IS NOT FOR GIRLS by Dina Duma, producer: EAVE graduate and Macedonian National Coordinator Labina Mitevska, co-producers: EAVE graduate Sébastien Delloye, EAVE participant Vanja Sremac, and EAVE+ graduate Danijel Hocevar is shooting. The script, penned by Dina Duma and co-penned by Lidija Mojsovska and Teona Strugar Mitevska, follows three generations of women as they navigate the clash between tradition and the challenges of modern times. Through the worldview of 12-year-old Adela, the film opens a world in which three generations of women dare to rewrite their own destinies and challenge the boundaries of a society shaped by tradition. The co-production between North Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia and Croatia is supported by the North Macedonia Film Agency, Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC), the Slovenian Film Centre and Eurimages are supporting the project. The film was developed during Cannes Residence in 2022 and received the Film Center Serbia and the Female Voices awards at CineLink 2022.

  • OTTER by Srdan Vuletic, co-producers: EAVE graduates Katarina Prpic, Daniele Segre is shooting. The script written by Stefan Boskovic tells the story of Hana, an introverted teenager secretly in love with Balsa, a schoolmate and a lesser-known member of the "Street Self Defence" page, popular on social media. Through Hana's character, the audience is supposed to confront a complex emotional journey filled with hope, disappointments, sorrow, the struggle for oneself and one's beliefs, as well as the discovery of one's own strength. The film is produced by Durovic through Montenegro’s Artikulacija film in co-production with Daniele Segre through Redibis film (Italy), Katarina Prpic through Izazov 365 (Croatia), Ishak Jaliman through Realstage (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and Fatmir Spahiju through Buka production (Republic of Kosovo). The Film Centre of Montenegro, the Ministry of Culture of Italy, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC), the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Sarajevo Canton, the Sarajevo Film Foundation, and the Kosovo Cinematography Center are supporting the project. OTTER won the Eurimages Award at CineLink, as well as the Best Pitch Award at When East Meets West. Additionally, the project has been selected for the Cinéfondation programme Cannes L'Atelier.



In post-production

  • N24 by John Andreas Andersen, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Kestutis Drazdauskas is currently in post-production with a film about the WW2 Resistance fighter Gunnar Sønsteby. In 1940, the German war machine invaded Norway, and Gunnar Sønsteby, a young 22-year-old accountant, immediately offered his services to the resistance. He turned out to have a very special and unique talent for leadership, and quickly became the head of all resistance-actions in the Oslo-area. The story of Gunnar, aka «No. 24», has never been more relevant. This skinny, modest, unassuming man, with the accuracy and meticulousness of an accountant, and the audacity and bravery of a real hero, gave the Gestapo years of relentless, tough resistance. The script was penned by Erlend Loe after an original script by Espen von Ibenfeldt, which was based on the book by Petter Ringen Johannessen and Arnfinn Moland. "The narrative of the main hero of the film serves today as a reminder of the human cost of war and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Sharing the stories of WW2 educates future generations about the realities of conflict and the importance of standing up against tyranny. Preserving and sharing these stories is a testament to the enduring legacy of those who fought for freedom and justice during one of the darkest chapters in human history. Especially today after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine", so producer Violeta Drazdauskė from Artbox. Espen Horn, Kristian Strand Sinkerud, John M. Jacobsen and Terje Strømstad are producing through Motion Blur (Norway), while Violeta Drazdauske and Kestutis Drazdauskas are co-producing through Artbox. The project was co-financed from Lithuania by the Lithuanian Film Centre with a minority co-production grant, and it was also approved for the Lithuanian tax incentives. The film was shot in 24 shooting dates on locations in Norway and Lithuania.

Page published 31 May 2024.

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