EAVE project BULLHORN LULLABY now in production

In production June 2019

EAVE project BULLHORN LULLABY by Viktor Oszkár Nagy, producer: EAVE graduate Sara Laszlo is in production. The story of the film revolves around big, brawny Gyula (35, played by András Ötvös), who is a true football fan. The "Kinizsi Black Army" – a racist gang of hooligans - are his second family. He has two really important people in his life: the leader of the gang, Alex (40 - Szabolcs Thuróczy), and Mariann (35 - Angéla Stefanovics), his wife, who desperately wants a baby. It turns out that Gyula is infertile, so their only option is to adopt. This plan fails, however, because Gyula is caught up in one of his regular violent clashes in the streets. In her desperation, Mariann chooses an illegal path. She closes a deal with a pregnant, teenage Gypsy girl (Lüszi, 16 - Viola Lotti Gombó) living in state foster care: they will adopt the girl's unwanted newborn and pretend that it was Mariann who gave birth. This crazy plan changes their lives forever… The film is being co-produced by Sparks Camera & Lighting, and has secured support from the Hungarian National Film Fund and the Hungarian tax credit. The shoot will take place across various different locations in Budapest from 1 July-30 August. The Hungarian theatrical distribution will be handled by Vertigo Media, while the international sales are being overseen by HNFF World Sales.

LADIES OF STEEL by Pamela Tola, producer: EAVE graduate and Finnish National Coordinator Aleksi Bardy is in production. The film tells a story about older women who refuse to be defined by their age. Women such as Inkeri, a seventy-something woman convinced she accidentally killed her husband, and who nevertheless decides to embark on a road trip with her two sisters. The film has received support by the Finnish Film Foundation.

LOSERS REVOLUTION by Thomas Ancora and Grégory Beghin, producer: EAVE graduate Annabella Nezri is in production. Simon, Mehdi and Fred, three childhood friends, are invited to the burial of Juan, an old classmate who has one last wish: that the boys take revenge over their former tormentors by throwing his ashes over them at the school reunion and creating a “losers’ revolution” movement on social media. But with only 12 followers, it’s not all that easy to create a buzz. Who better, then, than Henry, Simon’s little brother and reality TV star-come-social media guru, to help them achieve their aim? There’s only one tiny problem: Henry and Simon despise one another. Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film and Audiovisual Centre, RTBF and Proximu support the film.
Annabella Nezri is currently also producing JUMBO, the first feature film by Zoé Wittock, and is making arrangements for another first feature film, Olivier Pairoux’s family film THE HIGHEST STEP IN THE WORLD, to be shot at the end of the summer.

DRUK by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel is in production. Thomas Vinterberg has resumed the filming of his upcoming drama. Shooting commenced in early May and will now continue until the end of July in Copenhagen and northern Zealand before moving to Sweden and the Västra Gotäland region. Mads Mikkelsen plays the role of secondary-school teacher Martin, who, along with his three friends and colleagues, decides to look into a theory that claims that alcohol in the blood opens the mind to the outside world, makes problems less acute and increases creativity. And so the four friends try out an experiment and are thus constantly intoxicated in their everyday lives. The initial results are quite encouraging, as the gang loosens up, which also intrigues their students. Nevertheless, as the experiment progresses, the consequences start to become more and more severe. DRUK is being produced by Zentropa Entertainments3, and is being co-produced by Sweden’s Film i Väst, Zentropa Sweden, the Netherlands’ Topkapi Films and Zentropa Netherlands. It has received support from the Danish Film Institute, TV2 Denmark, Eurimages, the Netherlands Film Fund, the Swedish Film Institute, the Netherlands Film Production Incentive and the Creative Europe MEDIA programme.

THE YEAR BEFORE THE WAR by Davis Simanis, producer: EAVE FFF graduate Roberts Vinovskis is in production. In this project, Simanis is exploring the theme of wartime in Latvia. He tells the story of a young man taking part in the creation of a new world. This mysterious adventurer is swept up on a tragicomic and surreal journey from a routine clerk’s job and a passionate romance in Riga to the preparation of a global revolution in Vienna, a psychoanalysis with Freud and seduction by Mata Hari in Paris. The film will make use of the stylisation typical of silent cinema and will show different characters embodying the political and philosophical extremes of the 1910s. THE YEAR BEFORE THE WAR is being produced by EAVE FFF graduate Roberts Vinovskis for Latvia's Locomotive Productions, in co-production with Lithuania's Studio Uljana Kim and the Czech Republic's Produkce Radim Prochazka. The making of this feature is being supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre, the National Film Centre of Latvia and the Czech Film Commission. The summer period of principal photography, scheduled to end at the beginning of July, includes 33 shooting days and is taking place on location in Latvia and in the Czech Republic.

WHITE PLASTIC SKY by Tibor Banoczki and Sarolta Szabo, producer: EAVE graduate Juraj Krasnohorsky is in production. The film is set in 2219. Fertile soil has disappeared from the Earth. The survival of humanity hangs on a transgenic plant, able to grow from living human flesh only, using the body as soil. The city of Budapest lives in total isolation. On every citizen’s 50th birthday, he or she is transported to a place called the Plantation, to be “implanted”. Stefan is a 28-year-old psychiatrist who helps people accept this order until the day his wife, Nora, undergoes voluntary implantation. „Right now there is the shooting of live-action parts going on in Budapest. We are planning to start with animation in July 2019,“ producer Juraj Krasnohorsky said. The film is funded by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund and is supported by the Hungarian National Film Fund.

Page published 28 June 2019. Updated 2 July 2019.

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