RITUEL by Hans Herbots is shooting

In Production March 2021

  • THE LAND WITHIN ME by Fisnik Maxhuni and Mathilde Henzelin, producers: EAVE graduate Valon Bajgora, EAVE+ graduate Britta Rindelaub, Veselka Kiryakova is shooting. After living ten years in exile, Val (26) receives a phone call from his dying uncle, Skender, begging him to return to Kosovo. Having arrived in Switzerland when he was still a minor, Val jumps at the chance to reconnect with his family. However, his return in the remote industrial town of Trimat is treated with resentment rather than with joy. Even his first love, Una — Skender’s adopted daughter —, treats him with distrust. However, the exhumation of a mass grave forces Val to stay in Trimat as he waits for the identification of the bodies, so he can give his missing relatives the Muslim burials they deserve. Time is suspended. Val and Una are drawn together by their shared memories. When they finally consummate their reborn love, the exhumation of the mass grave is completed. A body is missing among those they were expecting to find: it is Fatime, Skender’s sister and Val’s mother. Meanwhile, Skender dies, leaving a letter for Val in which he confesses to the murder of his sister Fatime and her husband Ljubomir, an Orthodox Serb. They were Val and Una’s true parents. The discovery of this terrible secret forces Val and Una to face their past and an impossible future


  • COPENHAGEN DOES NOT EXIST by Martin Skovbjerg, producer: EAVE graduate Katrin Pors and TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin is in production. The story follows a young couple, Ida and Sander. When Ida disappears suddenly, Sander agrees to be interrogated by her father and brother in an abandoned flat in Copenhagen. It turns out that Ida had left her family to live a secluded life with Sander in total isolation from society – in the middle of the city. However, Sander might not be telling the whole truth. COPENHAGEN DOES NOT EXIST is being produced by Eva Jakobsen, Katrin Pors and Mikkel Jersin for Denmark’s Snowglobe. The film also received support from the Danish Film Institute, the Norwegian Film Institute, the Swedish Film Institute, the Nordisk Film & TV Fond and Eurimages


  • RITUEL by Hans Herbots, producer: EAVE graduate Peter Bouckaert is shooting. The film introduces us to Kiki, an underwater investigator for the criminal police. From the very outset of her career, she has had to contend with the sexist comments and attitudes of her male colleagues. When she discovers a severed hand in a canal in Brussels, she is obliged to collaborate with Inspector Nick Cafmeyer. The hand appears to have been sawn off while the victim was still alive: Nick is convinced that they have a settling of scores in the drugs world on their hands, whereas Kiki, who trusts her experience in the area, has a whole other theory on the matter. She finds herself caught up in a series of events, which she won’t come out of unscathed… RITUEL is produced by Peter Bouckaert on behalf of Eyeworks Film & TV Drama, in co-production with Phanta Film (The Netherlands), Atlas Film (Germany) and Belgian TV network VTM.


  • LABOUR DAY by Mladen Dordevic, producers: EAVE graduates Milan Stojanovic, Maria Drandaki and Anamaria Antoci is in production. The plot follows a group of ex-workers of a recently-closed factory, who, in their fight for personal dignity, reach out to the supernatural. The director describes his sophomore fiction feature as „a film about the potential for rebellion and the limitless power and strength we all carry hidden deep within us“. The film is produced by Milan Stojanović (Sense Production), Mladen Dordevic, (Corona Film), Martichka Bozhilova (Agitprop), Maria Drandaki (Homemade Films), Ivan Marinovic (Adriatic Western) and Anamaria Antoci (Tangaj Production). The project was supported by Film Center Serbia, the Bulgarian National Film Centre, Greek Film Center, Film Centre Montenegro, and Eurimages. The production is planned to wrap within 40 shooting days on locations in and in the vicinity of Belgrade and on Fruska Gora.

Page published 29 March 2021.

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