BIRTHDAY GIRL by Michael Noer is shooting

In Production April 2022

  • THE GOVERNESS by Joe Talbot, producers: EAVE graduates Ed Guiney and Angus Lamont is shooting. The US firm A24 is joining forces with the UK’s BBC Film for an adaptation of French author Anne Serre’s novel The Governess. The New York Times described the novella as “prim and racy, seriously weird and seriously excellent; a John Waters sex farce told with the tact and formality of a classic French fairy tale”. It tells the story of three governesses employed to look after four sons on an estate. It soon becomes apparent that the ladies have not been employed for their ability to sing lullabies. The governesses spark the imaginations of the boys in their care (and many others) and excite the bohemian couple who employ them, and then the ladies try their best to forget about domestic chores by having erotic adventures. The film will star two-time César-nominated actress Lily-Rose Depp, alongside two actresses who have shot to international fame in the past year: the SAG-awarded South Korean star HoYeon Jung and Norway’s Renate Reinsve. The film was developed with the support of BBC Film, which is co-financing the movie adaptation, penned by director Talbot alongside novelist Olivia Gatwood, together with A24. It will be Talbot’s second movie. Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe will produce for Ireland’s Element Pictures, with Rob Richert, of Talbot’s Longshot Features, and Angus Lamont.


  • GEFILTE FISH by Andrei Cohn, co-producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler is shooting. The film, loosely based on the novella An Easter Torch by one of the most important Romanian writers I.L. Caragiale (1852-1912), is set at the beginning of the 20th century and questions the inverted mechanism of anti-Semitism. Leiba Zibal runs an isolated inn together with his wife and son, living alongside the peasants from the neighbouring village in an atmosphere of “hostile tolerance,” as the politicians of the time described the relationship between the Romanian population and the Jewish community. After Leiba throws out his lazy employee Gheorghe, during the Passion Week, thereby leaving him “without food to put on the table for Easter,” Gheorghe is menacing to come back on the night of the Resurrection. The film will be produced by Anca Puiu through Romania’s Mandragora in co-production with French Shellac films and Swiss Bord Cadre. GEFILTE FISH will be shot entirely on location at the Oltina lake, in the Constanta county (southeast from Bucharest) in April-May 2022.


  • BIRTHDAY GIRL by Michael Noer, co-producer: EAVE graduate Esko Rips is shooting. The film is being shot at Tallinn harbour, on Tallink ferries on the shore and at sea, in Tallink Spa & Conference hotel, as well as in Black Box Studio in Viimsi, over the course of 24 shooting days. The reasons why the film will be fully shot in Estonia are: “The main events of the story unfurl on a cruise ferry. We were looking for a location that would allow us to shoot the whole film in one place, and where we could find a trustworthy local partner. In Tallinn, we can use the ferries that are docked in harbour due to the pandemic, still waiting to return to their duty”, says the producer. Producers of BIRTHDAY GIRL are Rene Ezra and Matilda Appelin from Denmark’s Nordisk Film Production in co-production with Andreas Kask and EAVE graduate Esko Rips through Nafta Films.

Page published 29 April 2022.

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