EAVE project MADAME LUNA in production now

In Production and in Post-production June 2023

In production

  • EAVE project MADAME LUNA by Daniel Espinosa, producer: EAVE graduate David Herdies is in production. Inspired by true events, the film is a thrilling drama about an Eritrean refugee who is washed ashore in Libya, and with time becomes one of the most notorious human smugglers with deep ties to the Italian Mafia. „MADAME LUNA is a darling for me. Like ‘The Swedish Torpedo,’ this is a film portraying a strong woman and that goes a long way. I’ve been working on it for almost ten years,” said Herdies. Supported by the Swedish Film Institute, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, and the Eurimages CoProduction Development Award.

  • LA VOCATION by Guérin Van de Vorst and Sophie Muselle, producer: EAVE graduate Benoît Roland is in production. The film is following in the footsteps of a self-willed and idealistic young woman called Alexia, a trainee nurse who arrives at a closed ward of a psychiatric hospital, where she meets head-nurse Joëlle who teaches her all she needs to know about the profession. Alexia finds herself moved by angry Beline, a 20-year-old patient who doesn’t think she should be there. Despite Joëlle’s warnings to keep a distance from patients, Alexia grows close to Beline and fully invests herself in getting her out. The filmmakers’ aim with this project is to question the conditions in which psychiatric patients are admitted, cared for and treated. Desperately overworked care teams often struggle to provide adequate support, prioritising the most urgent cases and finding themselves wrestling with ethical and emotional dilemmas. Psychologist, playwright and director Sophie Muselle has been exploring “madness” for many years now, orchestrating stage shows and writing workshops in league with mental health service-users. When Guérin Van de Vorst came across her work, he sought to devise a fiction film with Muselle, which would tackle these topics. LA VOCATION is produced by Benoît Roland’s Wrong Men, partners include Proximus, VOO & Be TV, RTBF, and Casa Kafka Pictures, with the film also enjoying backing from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film and Audiovisual Centre.

  • THE GREEN BORDER by Agnieszka Holland, producers: EAVE graduate Maria Blicharska, EAVE graduate and group leader Diana Elbaum is in post-production. The story of the film follows the fate of a family of Syrian refugees, a solitary English teacher from Afghanistan and a young border guard, all of whom meet on the Polish-Belarusian border during the most recent humanitarian crisis triggered by President Lukaschenko opening doors to migrants in Belarus as a back door to enter the EU. THE GREEN BORDER is a co-production between Poland, France, Belgium and the Czech Republic, produced by Marcin Wierzchosławski through Metro Films, Fred Bernstein through Astute Films and Agnieszka Holland, in co-production with Maria Blicharska, Damien McDonald from Blick Productions, Sarka Cimbalova from Marlene Film Production and Diana Elbaum and David Ragonig through Beluga Tree. The Chair of the European Film Academy Mike Downey and Field Entertainment’s Jeff Field are executive producers. Eurimages, the Czech Film Fund, the CNC – Centre National du Cinema et L’Image Animée - Cinéma du Monde, Sofica La Banque Postale Image 17, Centre du Cinéma et de L’Audiovisuel de la Federation Wallonie Bruxelles, CANAL+ Poland, the Czech Television and ZDF/ARTE are supporting the project.

  • LITTLE TROUBLE GIRLS by Urska Djukic, producers: EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Slovenia Jozko Rutar, EAVE graduate Miha Cernec, EAVE graduate Katarina Prpic is shooting. It is a story about a shy and sensitive teenager Lucia, who navigates between the expectations of society and the discovery of her own sexuality. "I am grateful that I can make films and that through artistic reflection, above all, through myself and through the world around me, I can provoke the audience with questions, criticism, empathy and a sense of one's own being," says director Urska Djukic, who penned the script with EAVE graduate Marina Gumzi. LITTLE TROUBLE GIRLS is produced by Jozko Rutar through Spok Films (Slovenia), Miha Cernec and David Cej through Staragara I.T. (Italy), and Katarina Prpic through Izazov 365 (Croatia), in co-production with Slovenia’s Nosorogi and RTV Slovenija. The project is supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, RTV Slovenija, Direzione generale Cinema e audiovisivo del Ministero della Cultura DGCA-Mic (MIBACT), the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, the Film Commission Friuli Venezia Gulia (FVG) and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, with technical support provided by FS Viba. The development of the film was supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, Creative Europe MEDIA, RE-ACT and Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The 35-days shooting will take place in two parts: 29 days in June - July 2023 in Cividale del Friuli and Ljubljana, and additional six days during the winter.

  • BLUE BANKS by Andreea Cristina Bortun, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Laurent Csinidis is in production. The plot: Lavinia, a single mother, is trying to make a better living for herself and her son, in a poor Romanian village. On her own terms. She’s impulsive, she miscalculates, she doesn’t know very well how to love. However, Dani, her 13 years old son, needs his mother more than ever during this period of his life, at the threshold between childhood and adolescence. In the course of the four seasons, Dani and Lavinia's relationship is put to the test. Gabi Suciu is producing through Atelier de Film (Romania) in co-production with Jean-Laurent Csinidis and Jerome Nunes through Films de Force Majeure (France) and Ales Pavlin & Andrej Stritof through Perfo Production (Slovenia). The Romanian coproducers are Avanpost (Vlad Radulescu), Petra Films (Andreea Cristina Bortun) and Forest Film (Adrian Paduretu). Alexandra Tinjala and Adriana Bumbes are associate producers. The project has been backed by the Romanian Film Centre, CNC Aide aux Cinemas du Monde and PACA Region SUD (France), as well as the Slovenian Film Centre, MEDIA Creative Europe and Eurimages.


In post-production

  • GLORIA! by Margherita Vicario, producer: EAVE + graduate Carlo Cresto-Dina is in post-production. Filming concluded for the directorial feature debut from actress and singer Margherita Vicario, produced by tempesta with Rai Cinema and tellfilm. The film is set in a women's boarding school in Venezia at the end of the 18th century, and tells the story of Teresa, a young woman with the talent of a visionary who, together with a small group of extraordinary female musicians, traverses the centuries and challenges the dusty catafalques of the Ancien Régime by inventing rebellious, light and modern music. Pop! GLORIA! has received support from MIC – Direzione generale cinema e audiovisivo, the Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission - PromoTurismoFVG, the Federal Office of Culture and the Ticino Film Commission.

  • ABANDONED by Vytautas Puidokas, co-producer: EAVE graduate Estelle Robin You is in post-production. At a desolate farm in the snowy countryside, a group of troubled men, including recovering addicts and former prisoners, find their last chance of redemption. Led by Žanas, a former addict who turned his life around through nature and Catholicism, the men struggle to overcome their pasts and avoid relapse. Unexpectedly, a 14-year-old boy named Matas joins the farm, seeking solace from his own childhood trauma. As the community bonds over their shared struggles, they discover the power of love and support in healing their wounds. “In Eastern Europe, addiction is a deeply ingrained issue affecting half of all families. Director Vytautas Puidokas embarked on a poignant exploration of this topic in 2021, centering on a religious community functioning as a rehabilitation centre. Our film aims to present a multifaceted portrait of this community, with a particular focus on Matas, a sensitive and vulnerable young boy who stands as its core. Despite the intense dynamics within the group, they have formed a united and supportive family. Through our observational approach to filmmaking, we aim to unveil the entire cycle of addiction. We delve into its formation, its impact on relationships, the transmission of behaviours across generations, and, most importantly, the path to recovery”, producer Ruta Jekentaite said. Jekentaite is producing through Lithuanian UKU FILMS in co-production with Estelle Robin You through the French GRANDE OURSE films and in association with Baltic Productions & Broom films (Lithuania). The Lithuanian Film Centre granted the project for development and production. The production is also supported by the Lithuanian Film Tax Incentive and the Lithuanian National Television, while the international funding comes from GRANDE OURSE films and Arte G.E.I.E.

Page published 30 June 2023.

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