CINQ HECTARES by Émilie Deleuze is shooting

In Production May 2022

  • BACHMANN & FRISCH by Margarethe von Trotta, producer: EAVE + graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu is shooting. The film focuses on the author Ingeborg Bachmann (1926-1973) and her turbulent life. Bachmann travelled a great deal during her lifetime, wrote a number of radical texts and gave many lectures. She was, moreover, involved in a passionate romantic relationship with Swiss author Max Frisch. Von Trotta is not only in charge of directing the film; she also wrote the script for it. BACHMANN & FRISCH is a German-Swiss-Austrian-Luxembourgish co-production being staged by Heimatfilm, tellfilm, Amour Fou Vienna and Amour Fou Luxembourg. It is being produced with the support of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, the Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF), the FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Film Fund Luxembourg, FISA - Filmstandort Austria, Zürcher Filmstiftung, Bundesamt für Kultur, the Austrian Film Institute, FISS, MEDIA Desk Suisse, G + B Schwyzer Stiftung and Land Kärnten, in cooperation with SRF/SRG SSR, the ORF Film/Television Agreement and Eurimages.


  • WILL by Tim Mielants, producers: EAVE graduates Hans Everaert, Tomas Leyers, co-producers: EAVE+ graduates Frans van Gestel and Arnold Heslenfeld, and EAVE graduate Laurette Schillings is filming. The historical film centres on Wilfried Wils, a police officer in Anvers at the beginning of the Second World War. While the town is gripped with violent demonstrations and subject to a general atmosphere of distrust, Wilfried does all he can to avoid trouble. He receives the support of a man from the side of the occupying German forces, called Meanbeard, but he is also a confidante for Lode, his fiercely anti-Nazi colleague, who is also the brother of his fiancée, Yvette. Wilfred will have to fight to survive, while the nazi occupation and the extermination of Jews become more and more oppressive realities. The film is adapted from the bestseller by Flemish writer Jeroen Olyslaegers, titled Wil, and was published in French in 2019 with the title Trouble. Filming has begun in Anvers, and will last until mid-July, with some time also spent in Poland. Wil is produced by Hans Everaert for Menuetto Film and co-produced by Letter Scripted Media, Minds Meet and Les Films du Fleuve in Belgium, Topkapi Films in the Netherlands, and K & K Selekt Films in Poland. WIL is supported by the VAF/Filmfund, Screen Flanders, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel (CCA), the Belgian tax shelter, the Dutch Film Fund, the Dutch Production Incentive, Kinepolis Film Distribution (KFD), and Netflix.


  • FOUR MOTHERS by Darren Thornton, producer: EAVE graduate Martina Niland is shooting. The film is an Irish-set adaptation of Gianni Di Gregorio’s box-office hit Mid-August Lunch. The original indie flick premiered at Venice, and was screened at festivals such as the Berlinale, Palm Springs, London and Karlovy Vary. It grossed almost €10 million at the box office. In this new version of the tale, McArdle plays a self-sabotaging novelist, saddled with caring for his mother (portrayed by Flanagan) after a stroke. After his book becomes an overnight hit, his plans for a US promotional tour are thrown into disarray when three more elderly women (Molloy, Glynn and McCusker) are deposited on his doorstep. Four Mothers is being produced by Eric Abraham and Jack Sidey for Portobello Films and Television (Ireland), with Martina Niland, representing Port Pictures (Ireland). It received backing from Screen Ireland, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, RTÉ, the Section 481 tax credit and The Common Humanity Arts Trust.


  • FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE by Ivan Marinovi, producers: EAVE graduate Marija Stojanovic, EAVE graduate and Serbian National Coordinator Milan Stojanovic, co-producer: EAVE graduate, group leader and Croatian National Coordinator Ankica Jurić Tilić is shooting. The film tells the story of Dragana, a bride-to-be who says she will not go through with it, just two days before the wedding. Even though everything is ready and everyone knows about it. Leso, the merciless patriarch of the family of the groom has a suggestion for the rebellious bride: go through with the bloody wedding, act it out and then go wherever you want the next day. She agrees. However, the offended groom still hopes she will stay. The traditional wedding includes a series of absurd events, steeped in alcohol, gunfire and dynamite, which will bring the worst of the characters’ personal anxieties into play. Marija Stojanović and Ivan Marinović are producing through Montenegro's Adriatic Western, while Milan Stojanović of Serbia's Sense Production, Veronika Kuhrova and Michal Kračmer of the Czech Republic's Analog Vision, Ankica Jurić Tilić of Croatia's Kinorama, Dejan Krajčevski of North Macedonia's Krug Film and Jožko Rutar of Slovenia's Spok Film are on board as co-producers.


  • CINQ HECTARES by Émilie Deleuze, producer: EAVE group leader Patrick Sobelman is shooting. Written by Émilie Deleuze and Marie Desplechin, with assistance from Patricia Mazuy, the story recounts how an urban sixty-something who’s happy at home and famous in his field, can risk ruining his life in just a few weeks by presuming to buy a tractor against everyone’s advice: that of his partner, his employer and his neighbour and rival farmer… CINQ HECTARES is produced by Patrick Sobelman on behalf of Ex Nihilo and has been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+. The film benefits from an advance on receipts from the CNC, as well as enjoying further support from the SOFICA companies Cinéaxe and Cinéventure, and the Nouvelle Aquitaine region, where the film will be shot over a seven-week period.

Page published 31 May 2022.

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