PUENTES project HELLO MY FRIEND now in production

In production January 2020

O2 by Margus Paju, producer: EAVE graduate Esko Rips, EAVE+ graduate Kristian Taska, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jukka Helle, B’EST graduate Lukas Trimonis is in production. O2 is being produced by Esko Rips for Nafta Films and Kristian Taska for Taska Film. The co-producers are Jukka Helle for Finland’s Solar Films, Janis Kalejs for Latvia’s Film Angels and Lukas Trimonis for Lithuania’s InScript. The project received support from the Estonian Film Institute and was presented at last year’s Baltic Event Works in Progress.

PETITE FLEUR by Santiago Mitre, producers: EAVE graduate and group leader Didar Domehri, EAVE graduate and PUENTES Head of Studies Fernanda del Nido has now commenced filming in France. Written by Santiago Mitre and Mariano Llinas, the script is an adaptation of the novel Petite Fleur (Jamais ne meurt) by the Argentine writer Iosi Havilio.  PETITE FLEUR is produced by Didar Domehri on behalf of Paris-based firm Maneki Films and is co-produced by the Argentine firm La Unión de Los Ríos (Agustina Llambi Campbell and Santiago Carabante), by the Belgian outfits Panache Productions and La Compagnie Cinématographique (André Logie and Gaëtan David), by the Spanish group Setembro Cine (EAVE graduate and PUENTES Head of Studies Fernanda del Nido), but also by the French firm Logical Pictures (Fredéric Fiore and Tim Belda) and the regional outfit Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma. In the role of associate producers, we find Playtime, alongside the SOFICA companies Arte/Cofinova, Indéfilms and Cinéaxe. Supported by Eurimages, Argentina’s National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts INCAA and the Île de France region, the feature film has also been pre-purchased by Ciné+ and is shored up by Movie Tax Invest. Developed with the backing of the CNC and its Aide au développement (Development Grant), but also bolstered by the support of Creative Europe Media, Indéfilms Initiative, B Media Développement and Procirep, not to mention the writing subsidy made available by the Provence-Alpes-Côté d'Azur region.

PUENTES project HELLO MY FRIEND by Bettina Blümner, producer: EAVE graduate Jamila Wenske started shooting in Havana. The road movie follows three friends Katharina, Judith and Benjamin as they travel to Cuba to search for Judith's brother Vanja, who has disappeared on the island during a research semester studying the legendary manatee. While Katharina seems to be more interested in picking up local men for sexual adventures, a tender love story develops between Benjamin and Judith. But then she attracts the amorous attentions of the salsa dance teacher Ignacio with unforeseen repercussions. Produced by Achtung Panda! Media in co-production with Marinka Filmes, and with support from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and BKM.

Page published 30 January 2020.

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