PUENTES project HORIZON is in production

In Production and in Post-production November 2022

In production

  • PUENTES project HORIZON by César Augusto Acevedo, producer: PUENTES graduate Paola Andrea Perez Nieto, co-producers: EAVE graduate Donato Rotunno, EAVE graduate and EAVE+ graduate Titus Kreyenberg, PUENTES and EAVE+ graduate Giancarlo Nasi is shooting. Written by the director himself, the story revolves around two ghosts - a mother and her son - who are looking for the latter’s missing father. It’s a physical and spiritual journey through a war-ravaged world. After great sacrifices, they will repair the fragile bonds between them, and they might just find redemption too…. HORIZON is produced by Paola Andrea Perez Nieto on behalf of Colombia’s Inercia Films, and by Thierry Lenouvel for French firm Ciné-Sud Promotion, in co-production with Luxembourg’s Tarantula, Chile’s Quijote Films and Germany’s UnaFilm, with the support of FDC - Proimagenes, Ibermedia, the Aide aux Cinémas du Monde Fund, the Hubert Bals Fund, Film Funds Luxembourg and NRW.

  • RABIA by Mareike Engelhardt, co-producer: EAVE graduate Annabella Nezri is in production. Written by Mareike Engelhardt in collaboration with Samuel Doux the story revolves around Rabia, a young 19-year-old French woman who has set off to a country at war and who finds herself trapped in a house full of women with a number of other young arrivals from all corners of the globe. In order to survive, she becomes an assistant to the director, Madame, who exerts a powerful fascination over Rabia. Their master-slave relationship drives Rabia to go beyond the limits of her convictions; until she can no longer bear the monster the system is turning her into…. RABIA is produced by Lionel Massol and Pauline Seigland for French firm Films Grand Huit, in co-production with Arte France Cinéma, as well as by Germany’s Starhaus Production and Belgium’s Kwassa Films. Pre-purchased by Arte France, Canal+, Ciné+ and RTBF, the feature film also benefits from the support of the CNC and the FFA the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, the Dordogne department, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the Bavaria region and the SOFICA companies Cofimage and La Banque Postale Image. In 2019, the project walked away with the International Arte Kino Award at the Les Arcs Film Festival. Filming is set to continue until 16 January, with five weeks planned in the Dordogne and one in Jordan.

  • 100.000 LIGHT YEARS by Virgil Vernier, producers: EAVE graduate Amélie Jacquis and EAVE graduate and French National Coordinator Jean des Forêts, co-producer: EAVE graduate Marie Dubas is shooting. Written by the filmmaker alongside Benjamin Klintoe, the story unfolds in Monaco, which is paradise on earth for a post-reality-TV generation who have grown up fantasising over a privileged lifestyle, with its promises of infinite pleasures. But what hides within these lofty towers, and behind the tinted saloon car windows and villa gates? How do you step through a two-way mirror? 100.000 LIGHT YEARS is produced by Amélie Jacquis and Jean des Forêts on behalf of Petit Film, in co-production with EAVE graduate Marie Dubas for Deuxième Ligne Films. Benefitting from a CNC advance on receipts, the feature film also enjoys support from the SOFICA company Cofinova, as well as from Normandie Images, Procirep-Angoa, and Isabelle Hiesse and Paul Dupuy. Filming will unfold between 21 November and 10 December, with Jordane Chouzenoux helming photography.

  • TASTY by Egle Vertelyte, producer: B’EST graduate Lukas Trimonis is shooting. The script penned by Egle Vertelyte together with Irena Kuneviciute tells a story about two young girls who are best friends and join a cooking contest, when a new love interest threatens to pull them apart. The film is produced by Lukas Trimonis and Ieva Biliunaite through IN SCRIPT with support from the Lithuanian Film Centre, the national broadcaster LRT and Lithuania’s ACME Film. The film is scheduled for completion in December 2023. Shooting in October and November took place in Vilnius and Kaunas.


In post-production

  • UN SILENCE by Joachim Lafosse, producer: EAVE graduates Anton Iffland Stettner, Eva Kuperman, Antonino Lombardo and EAVE group leader and EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges is in post-production. "The film mainly focuses on the idea of speaking out“, says the director. "With UN SILENCE, I want to try to show why silence is still so powerful, despite the important place given to this beneficial right. I want to try to show and explain why it’s so difficult to speak out." For his film Lafosse has drawn inspiration from a real event, „but what I’m really interested in isn’t the event itself, but the way in which it sheds light on a reality we can all identify with. Speaking out always comes at a cost; those who talk are familiar with this fact. We’ve also only recently learned that in a great many cases, when people speak out, it’s not the criminal who’s excluded from family or social circles, it’s the victim. What I wanted to do with UN SILENCE was to tell an accurate story, with accurate characters, revolving around this incredibly complicated aspect of our existence." UN SILENCE is produced by Anton Iffland Stettner and Eva Kuperman on behalf of Stenola Productions (Belgium), by Jani Thiltges for Samsa Film (Luxembourg), and by Antonino Lombardo for Prime Time (Belgium). In terms of French production, the filmmaker is collaborating with Régine Vial and Alexis Dantec on behalf of Les Films du Losange.

  • MILK TEETH by Sophia Bösch, producers: TTB and EAVE graduate and German National Coordinator Jonas Weydemann and EAVE graduate Karin Koch is in post-production. Swiss-born director Sophia Bösch has been shooting her first feature-length film in Germany. Bösch tells a “modern fairy tale” in which the topics of motherhood and belonging are brought into particular focus. Her protagonist, Edith, moves with her daughter Skalde to a new place, where people do not welcome them very warmly at all. Edith, however, is determined to stay strong in order to build a new life for herself and for her daughter. Skalde tries to find her own way and dissociates herself from her mother in order to ingratiate herself with the community. Later, Skalde finds a foreign child in the woods and needs her mother on her side if she wants to protect it. The film is a German-Swiss co-production between German production company Weydemann Bros and its Swiss partner Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion. It is being produced in collaboration with the German and Swiss TV channels SWR, SR, Arte, SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen and SRG SSR. Additional funding has been granted by Creative Europe – MEDIA, HessenFilm, MV Filmförderung, Moin Filmförderung, Medienboard, BKM, DFFF, BAK and the Zürcher Filmstiftung. Shooting took place between mid-July and mid-September in the northern and central eastern regions of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein, Brandenburg and Thuringia. MILK TEETH is scheduled for release in April 2023.

  • RIVER by Orfeas Peretzis, producers: EAVE graduates Konstantinos Vassilaros and Alexandre Gavras is in post-production. The film follows Alkistis, who lives in a family villa with rooms to let on the Athenian Riviera, alongside her mother Anna and their only clients: Petros, a writer; and the Chatzivasilious, an elderly couple. She is devoted to two things: her father, who died in a water-skiing accident, and a palm tree called The Jerry that lives in the front garden. Despite Alkistis' fierce opposition, her mother decides to sell the family villa. Riviera is about Alkistis’ last summer in this house, as she tries to find meaning in a world that is vanishing around her. Peretzis discussed the inspiration for his film: “Riviera is filled with memories from my teenage years, when I used to go on holidays with my grandmother in a seaside town outside of Athens. These memories consisted of run-down villas with dusty old BMWs and Mercedes’ with flat tyres left in the garages. I would hear stories about the owners, how well they lived and the big parties they used to throw. It seems that this past is what identified them.” Riviera is a Greek-French co-production being staged by Konstantinos Vassilaros for Athens-based StudioBauhaus, with Alexandre Gavras (KG Productions), in co-production with ERT SA and Micro Climat Studios. The film has received support from Creative Europe – MEDIA, the Greek Film Centre, the CNC, the Aide à la Coproduction d’Œuvres Cinématographiques Franco-Grecques support fund and the National Centre of Audiovisual Media and Communication - EKOME SA. The project was developed at MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2019 and at the MFI Script2Film Workshops.

  • LA BELLA ESTATE by Laura Luchetti, producer: EAVE graduate Giovanni Pompili, is in post-production. It’s 1938 and we’re in Turin. Ginia is sixteen years old, and the future seems to offer endless possibilities. But her present, like that of others, is overshadowed by the Second World War. Like everyone, Ginia wants to fall in love, and she finds her man in a young painter. She discovers the artistic circles of bohemian Turin thanks to her guide Amelia, a sensual and provocative young woman who’s barely older than Ginia but is so very different from anyone else she’s ever met and is ready to shake up Ginia’s many convictions. Torn between a sense of duty and the discovery of a desire which confuses her, Ginia is overwhelmed by emotions which she doesn’t dare give a name to. During her “beautiful summer”, she finally succumbs to her feelings, celebrating her courage to be herself. LA BELLA ESTATE is produced by Kino Produzioni alongside RAI Cinema, Lucky Red and 9.99 Films, in collaboration with Tapelessfilm, and with the support of the Italian Ministry of Culture, the Film Commission Torino Piemonte and MEDIA.

  • YURT by Nehir Tuna, producer: EAVE graduate Dorothe Beinemeier is in post-production. IThe story of a father who discovers religion and his son who pays the price: this is the focus of YURT (lit. “Dormitory”), a coming-of-age tale that marks the feature debut by Nehir Tuna. It aims to explore a young boy’s loss of innocence as he tries to appease his father’s expectations for his future and his desire for autonomy. YURT is a Turkish-German-French co-production by Tanay Abbasoğlu (TN Yapım) and Dorothe Beinemeier (Red Balloon Film), in co-production with Thierry Lenouvel (Ciné-Sud Promotion). The film has been supported by the Sundance Grant for Production and Development, the Sundance Stars Collective Grant, the MOIN Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, the German-Turkish Co-Production Development Fund and the Nipkow Programme/Berlin Film Residency, and it is a fiscally sponsored project of Film Independent (IFP).

  • CALM IN THE CANOPY by Michal Hogenauer, producer: EAVE graduate and Slovak National Coordinator Katarina Krnacova. M, a well-off, middle-aged man, accidentally spots a suspicious-looking, dark-skinned young man at the airport. An exchange of glances and a few words set into motion a gradually escalating series of events. Anonymous fear, stereotypes and a pervasive sense of danger crawl into M’s lonesome life. In the whirl of the city, M progressively succumbs to the conviction that he has recognised the coming Evil, which needs to be confronted. The project received support from the Czech Film Fund and the Slovak Audiovisual Fund. The film was shot in the Czech Republic (Prague, Pardubice), as well as in Slovakia (Bratislava, the Bratislava region).

Page published 29 November 2022.

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