MADELEINE COLLINS now in production

In production September 2019

MADELEINE COLLINS by Antoine Barraud, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Yves Roubin is in production. Written by Antoine Barraud and Héléna Klotz, the story centres around Judith who is leading a double life divided between Switzerland and France. On the one hand, there’s Abdel, with whom she’s raising a little girl, and on the other, there’s Melvil, with whom she has two older boys. Slowly and dangerously, this fragile equilibrium, composed of lies, secrets and endless comings and goings, begins to tip. Trapped in her own web, Judith chooses to carry on regardless, forging blindly onwards up a slippery, vertiginous slope.
Produced by Justin Taurand on behalf of the Parisian firm Les Films du Bélier, MADELEINE COLLINS is co-produced by Swiss group Close Up Films and Belgium’s Frakas Productions. Pre-purchased by Canal+, Ciné+ and RTS, the feature film is also supported by Eurimages, the Hauts-de-France region (Pictanovo) and Cinéforom, to name a few. Shooting will commence on 26 September in the Hauts-de-France and Ile-de-France regions.

THE RED ORCHESTRA by Carl-Ludwig Rettinger, producer: EAVE graduate Isabelle Truc is in production. "The Red Orchestra" was the most important resistance group inside the Third Reich, a vast spy network mainly located in Brussels and Paris during the Second World War. Those activists helped the Jews persecuted by the regime, hid deserters and gathered military information that was decisive for the victory of the allies. Director Carl-Ludwig Rettinger compares the images and the narrative of a film made in the German Federal Republic (GFR) and a series made in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in the early 1970s, each of the two films only telling half the truth in his film. He also by met the descendants of these courageous men, filmed the important places of this history and invited some specialists of that time, with the proposition to shed light on this network of mythical spies. Produced by Lichtblick Films (Germany), Iota Production (Belgium), Vice versa Films (Israel) and supported by FFA, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, NRW, DFFF, RBB/ARTE, RTBF, Casa Kafka.

ERNA AT WAR by Henrik Ruben Genz, producers: EAVE graduates Sébastian Delloye and Esko Rips is filming. The film follows the story of a strong woman called Erna (Trine Dyrholm), who goes to war dressed as a man to protect her intellectually disabled son Kalle (Sylvester Byder), called up to fight. Heading to the front disguised as private Julius Rasmussen, Erna must face not only the enemy but also the love of her life when she meets blacksmith Anton (Anders W Berthelsen) in the trenches. One of the story's antagonists is an officer called Meyer who enrols Kalle against Erna’s wishes, played by Danish actor Ulrich Thomsen. The script, penned by Bo Hr Hansen, is an adaptation of Erling Jepsen's novel of the same name.
Erna at War is being produced by Birgitte Hald and Nynne Selin Eidnes for Nimbus Film (Denmark), Sébastian Delloye for Entre Chien & Loup (Belgium), and Esko Rips for Nafta Film (Estonia). In addition, the movie has received support from the Danish Film Institute, TV2 Denmark, FilmFyn, TV4, the Estonian Film Institute, the Tartu Film Fund, Wallimage and Creative Europe MEDIA, among other sources. Principal photography is taking place in and around Tartu, Estonia's second-largest city, the village of Tamsa, Tartu County, and in Belgium and Denmark.

POWER by Matyas Prikler, co-producer: EAVE graduate Viktoria Petranyi is shooting. POWER is intended to be a political thriller and crime film. In it, a high-ranking politician kills a child by accident. A retired secret-service agent is tasked with covering the tracks leading to the real perpetrator as the investigation unfolds. However, a journalist senses something is not right and starts his own investigation. The film’s leading motif is the truth, the forms it takes in public life and the possible ways of pursuing and concealing it. POWER is being produced by Slovakian company MPhilms (Zora Jaurová, Matyás Prikler), co-produced by Petr Oukropec and Pavel Strnad, of Negativ, and by Viktoria Petranyi and Kornel Mundruczo from Proton Cinema. The film was supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Hungarian National Film Fund, the Czech Film Fund, Kultminor, Creative Europe Media, Eurimages and Radio and Television Slovakia. POWER was presented at the HFM Co-Production Platform (Netherlands Film Festival) and the Les Arcs Co-Production Village, and Zora Jaurová was picked for Ace 25 with the project. Principal photography starts in November and lasts until March 2020, with shooting locations taking in Slovakia, Vienna and Budapest.

CHRISTMAS IN THE JUNGLE by Jaak Kilmi, producers: EAVE FFF graduaste Roberts Vinovskis and EAVE graduate Evelin Soosaar-Penttilä is shooting. The film is a story about a ten year old girl Paula, who has moved with her family from Latvia to an exotic location, her friend Ahim, and their dangerous and adventurous journey into the jungle looking for the Christmas miracle. The international cast includes Latvian, Estonian, and Indonesian actors. The project is supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia and the Estonian Film Institute. The film is produced by Latvian Locomotive Productions in co-production with Estonian Stellar Film. The shooting for this children’s adventure film takes place in Indonesia and will last for almost two months.

LEBENSDORF (I HATE BERLIN) by Valentin Hotea, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon is shooting. The film is a black comedy about indecision and the fear of taking responsibility and centers on a middle-aged writer caught between two women and two cities, Bucharest and Berlin, and it’s loosely inspired by Hotea’s own experience. LEBENSDORF is produced by HiFilm Productions in association with Romania’s nomada.solo and Visual Walkabout, and in coproduction with Romania’s Chainsaw Europe Studio, Abis Studio, Production XMG Media and Scharf Film Production. The film is supported by the Romanian Film Centre and the Creative Europe MEDIA. The project was developed at the Sofia Meetings, TIFF Transilvania Pitch Stop Co-production Platform, Sarajevo Talents Pack & Pitch Workshop, Rome MIA and connecting cottbus.

Page published 30 September 2019.

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