RAIN ON TWO SIDES now in production

In production October 2019

WISE BLOOD by Bouli Lanners and Tim Mielants, producer: EAVE graduate Jacques-Henri Bronckart is in production. The film is a passionate love story set in the heart of the Presbyterian community and the spectacular and unforgiving landscapes of the Isle of Lewis, off Scotland’s north-western coast. Phil, a stout 55-year-old Belgian man, lives and works on the Isle of Lewis, the northernmost island of the Outer Hebrides, northwest of Scotland. One evening, he suffers a stroke and loses his memory. Millie, also aged 55, whom Phil works for and who is a member of the small Presbyterian community on the island, has to take care of him. She ends up confessing to him that they were secretly lovers. Rediscovering the passion that used to exist between them, Phil and Millie once again become lovers on the sly. While Phil blissfully explores this new love affair and resumes his day-to-day life as a farmhand, Millie dreads the moment when his memory will come back to him and he will find out that she has been lying to him. The film is being produced by Versus Productions and being co-produced by Barry Crerar (Scotland) and Playtime (France).

LE COEUR NOIR DES FÔRETS by Serge Mirzabekiantz, producer: PUENTES graduate Anthony Rey is shooting in the Burgundy and the Brussels region. The film follows the meanderings of 15-year-old Nikolaï who spends his life passed between care homes and foster families. Alone and haunted by the reasons for his abandonment, he dreams of starting a family of his own. When the intriguing and outspoken 16-year-old Camille turns up at his care home, Nikolaï convinces her to leave and to live with him in the forest. Produced by Hélicotronc, the film is co-produced in France by Sacrebleu.

POWER by Matyas Prikler, co-producer: EAVE graduate Viktoria Petranyi is shooting. The film tells the story of a well-established politician who gets involved in an accident resulting in the death of an innocent person. The consequent efforts to investigate and, above all, to cover up traces leading to this precarious incident, expose the hidden machinery of political power in contemporary democracies. The film brings up questions about the true identities of important political figures and reveals stories hidden behind their public masks. The producers have already secured the entire budget. The Slovak Audiovisual Fund supported the project. The film was also supported by Kultminor, the Hungarian National Film Fund, the Czech Film Fund and Creative Europe. „Forty shooting days are planned from November 2019 until February 2020. Locations include Budapest and different parts of Slovakia: Bratislava, Banská Bystrica and the Gemer region“, Prikler told FNE.

RAIN ON TWO SIDES by Zaza Khalvashi, co-producer: EAVE graduate Ieva Norviliene is shooting. The film tells a story of a 15-year-old boy and a 27-year-old woman, who are neighbours sharing the same courtyard. The boy loves the young woman and spares no effort to deserve her attention. His feelings meet many obstacles, sometimes awkward, sometimes tragic, sometimes comic and most often tragic-comic. The story is set in a seaside town, in a typical Italian-style courtyard, where people of different nationalities and beliefs live together and spend their entire free time playing lotto, and where neighbours are more curious to know each others’ lives than their own. The film is a Georgian/Lithuanian coproduction produced by Batumi Art-house Film Independent Studio through the involvement of Sulkhan Turmanidze, in co-production with Ieva Norviliene through Tremora. The project received co-production funding from the Georgian National Film Centre and film production development funding from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Adjara, Georgia.

Page published 30 October 2019.

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