EAVE graduates Dyveke Bjørkly Graver and Andrea Berentsen Ottmar set up their own production company, Eye Eye Pictures

In Development August 2022

  • SABRE by Goran Stankovic and Vladimir Tagic, producer: EAVE graduate Snezana van Houwelingen is in pre-production. The series examines the Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic’s assassination in 2003 and its political repercussions through the eyes of a reporter, a police inspector and a young criminal, while following its impact on their lives. “The murder of Zoran Djindjic is probably the most significant event in Serbia’s recent history. That terrifying act is a perfect mirror of what Serbia was in the 90s, in the 2000s, and what it is today. Like through a cracked mirror we see ourselves and that very process of looking will hopefully help us learn something about ourselves and prevent us from repeating our mistakes. We owe to that man to tell his story, and he obliges us as authors to make that story good enough, multi-layered and complex”, Vladimir Tagic said. The series is produced by Serbia’s This and That Productions in co-production with Croatia’s Drugi Plan and Bulgaria’s Agitprop. SABRE is the first ever international coproduction to benefit from new TV drama fund launched by the Bulgarian National Film Center. Support comes from the Serbian public broadcaster RTS, the Bulgarian National Film Center and the European Union’s Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme. The shooting is expected to commence in the spring of 2023.


  • EAVE graduates Dyveke Bjørkly Graver and Andrea Berentsen Ottmar have set up their own production company, Eye Eye Pictures. Former Oslo Pictures producers were both behind the Cannes-winning and double Oscar-nominated THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD by director Joachim Trier. Besides Trier, Bjørkly Graver and Berentsen Ottmar have brought another visionary Norwegian auteur to Cannes: Kristoffer Borgli, whose satire SICK OF MYSELF world premiered at the festival’s Un Certain Regard strand this year. A string of other talents to watch have directed shorts for the Eye Eye Pictures’ co-heads, including Beeston Film Fest winner André Chocron, SXSW nominee Thea Hvistendahl and Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel, grandson of Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann. “With our new company, we will continue to work on director-driven projects, both from established names and newcomers, across film and TV series, and expand our international network by focusing on co-productions,” said Berentsen Ottmar. The first Eye Eye Pictures project to go into production next year will most probably be Ullmann Tøndel’s debut feature ARMAND.


Page published 30 August 2022.

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