MARIA’S PARADISE is shooting

In production August 2018

  • MARIA’S PARADISE by Zaida Bergroth, co-producer: EAVE graduate Evelin Penttilä is shooting. The feature is a religious piece based on the real-life story of Maria Åkerblom’s controversial sect, whose members became notorious and were accused of several crimes in 1920s Finland. Produced by Komeetta (Finlnad) and Stellar Film (Estonia), the movie has received financial support from the Finnish Film Foundation, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Estonian Film Institute. Additional partners are Finnish public broadcaster YLE, the Finnish Church Media Foundation, the Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK) and Film Estonia.

  • BLACK GARDEN, BLUE SKIES by Nora Martirosyan, producer: EAVE graduate Annabella Nezri is in production. Written by Martirosyan herself together with novelist Emmanuelle Pagano, the story revolves around Alain, a French international auditor, who comes to assess the airport of a self-proclaimed republic in the Caucasus in order to give the green light for its reopening. A little boy from the local area, Edgar, roams around the airport, seemingly engaged in some bizarre transactions. The man and the child eventually cross paths. Produced by Julie Paratian for French outfit Sister Productions, the film is being co-produced by Armenia’s Aneva Production and Belgium’s Kwassa Films. The feature has secured backing from the CNC’s advance on receipts, Eurimages, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, the Wallonia-Brussels fund, the Occitanie region, the Procirep, the Hubert Bals Fund and KinoKentron (the Armenian national film centre). The movie has also received support from the Villa Medici, the Jerusalem Filmlab, Open Doors Locarno, the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation Atelier (where the project won the Arte International Award in 2014) and the Angers Workshops. In addition to winning the Best Screenplay Award at the Amiens Film Festival and the Beaumarchais Award at Cinemed in Montpellier, BLACK GARDEN, BLUE SKIES has also secured a grant from the Institut français. The six-and-a-half-week shoot in Nagorno-Karabakh will wrap on 3 October.

  • BEYOND THE HORIZON by Delphine Lehericey, co-producer: EAVE graduate Sébastien Delloye is shooting. The script written by Joanne Giger is an adaptation of the novel by the Swiss author Roland Buti. The film is a co-production between Box Productions from Switzerland, Entre chien et loup from Belgium and Elzévir Films from France, with Kino Oko servicing in Macedonia. Centre du Cinéma, Screen Brussels, RTBF, BeTV, Macedonia’s Film Production Incentive Programme and Eurimages are supporting. Shooting is taking place in Macedonia.

Page published 31 August 2018.

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