Ties That Bind project MOTEL ACACIA now in production

In production November 2018

Ties That Bind project MOTEL ACACIA by Bradley Liew, producers: TTB group leader Bianca Balbuena-Liew and TTB graduate Jeremy Chua, has been picked up by XYZ Films, the U.S.-based sales agency specializing in genre films.

ADVENTURES OF A MATHEMATICIAN by Thorsten Klein, producer: EAVE graduate Lena Vurma is in production. The film tells the true story of Polish immigrant and mathematician Stan Ulam, who moved to the USA in the 1930s. At the same time as having to deal with the difficult losses of family and friends, he was also helping to create both the hydrogen bomb and the first computer. The project has received support from the Tribeca Film Institute and the Alfred P Sloan Foundation, MDM, the Polish Film Institute, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the German-Polish film funds and the Federal Film Board (FFA). Producers are Lena Vurma (Dragonfly Films, Germany), Joanna Szymanska (Shipsboy, Poland) and Mary Young Leckie (Solo Productions, Canada).

SUICIDE TOURIST by Jonas Alexander Arnby, producer: EAVE graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin started principal photography. Described as a “disturbing existential wake-up call”, the film follows Max Isaksen, an insurance claims adjuster who is investigating the disappearance of a married man named Arthur. The trail will lead him to the Aurora Hotel, a remote, secretive luxury resort that has a particular speciality: assisting its guests to fulfil their fantasy suicides. Going through his own existential crisis, Max proceeds to question his own life, death and his perception of reality, as he comes to understand that suicide might be his only way to escape from the hotel. SUICIDE TOURIST is being co-produced by Eva Jacobsen, Mikkel Jersin and Katrin Pors for Copenhagen-based Snowglobe with Germany’s DCM, Norway’s Mer Film, France’s Charades, and Sweden’s Film i Väst and Garagefilm International. It is supported by the Danish Film Institute, DR, the Norwegian Film Institute, Zefyr, the Swedish Film Institute, SVT, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, DFFF, ZDF/Arte, the Creative Europe MEDIA programme and Eurimages.

CALL MUM! by Lisa Aschan, producer: EAVE graduate Anna-Maria Kantarius is shooting. The film deals with one of the most difficult and humorous relationships – the one between a mother and a daughter. Written by Aschan, CALL MUM!! focuses on three generations of women and their struggles to communicate with each other. The story is about the impossible equation between parents, who live their whole lives expecting a “thank you” from their children, and on the other hand children, who for their part expect an “I’m sorry”. She also promises that this will not be a film about her own relationships, but her roles as a daughter and a mother have, of course, inspired her. She notes that as a daughter, she thought that she knew it all – that is, until she became a mother herself and had to re-evaluate her beliefs. CALL MUM! is being produced by Anna-Maria Kantarius, of Garagefilm International, with SF Studios, in association with Film i Väst and SVT and has received the support of the Swedish Film Institute and the Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Principal photography has been under way in Gothenburg since late October and will continue until December.

ROUNDS by EAVE graduate Stephan Komandarev, producer: EAVE graduate Katya Trichkova is in production. The screenplay, written by Simeon Ventsislalov and Komandarev himself, is inspired by real-life events and follows three teams of police officers over the course of one night in Sofia, exactly 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall (9 November 1989) and the fall of communism in Bulgaria (10 November 1989). Through the events faced by the police officers, Rounds will analyse the current state of affairs in Bulgaria. The film, the second part in a trilogy that started with his previous film DIRRECTIONS, is a co-production between Argo Film, Serbian production company See Film Pro, French outfits Deuxième Ligne Films and EZ Films. The Bulgarian National Film Centre Film Center Serbia and Eurimages supported the project. Production started with extensive rehearsals in September, followed by a few days of preliminary shots in October. The rest of the shooting days are planned for November and December, with a wrap expected at the beginning of January.

HALF SISTER by Damjan Kozole, producers: EAVE graduates Danijel Hocevar, Macedonian national coordinator Labina Mitevska is shooting. The screenplay focuses on two estranged half-sisters from the small coastal town of Izola, whom circumstances force to live together in a small apartment in Ljubljana. "This is a film about people who do not know how to communicate," Kozole told cineuropa. "It is a critical but simultaneously an understanding outlook on life, characterised by family patterns, uncertain feelings, chauvinism, feelings of existential loss, lack of adherence and, last but not least, feelings of guilt because of actions that we have not committed ourselves. I see HALF SISTER as a film of emotional tension on one hand, while on the other hand, it is full of dramatic spontaneity and moments of human folly, humour and fortune. We live in dangerous times in which lunatics and psychopaths prosper – and therefore all that we have left is compassion. That and humour." HALF SISTER is a co-production by Slovenia's Vertigo, RTV Slovenija, Macedonia's Sisters and Brother Mitevski, Serbia's Bas Celik and Croatia's Propeler Film. The movie was co-financed by the Slovenian Film Centre, Film Center Serbia and the Macedonian Film Agency, while Viba Film Studio is partaking in the production as well.

WILDFIRE by Cathy Brady, producer: EAVE graduate Carlo Cresto-Dina is filming in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The feature debut by Irish director Cathy Brady’s tells the story of two sisters who grew up on the fractious Irish border. When one of them, who has gone missing, finally returns home, the intense bond with her sister is re-ignited. Together they unearth their mother’s past, but as they uncover the secrets and resentments that have been buried deep down, it all threatens to overwhelm them. An Irish-UK co-production, WILDFIRE was supported through development and production by the BFI, Screen Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen and the Wellcome Trust. Film4 and Sulcata Productions also co-financed the production. Lizzie Francke, Celine Haddad, Lauren Dark, Emma Duffy, Robert Halmi and Jim Reeve are the executive producers.

Page published 30 November 2018. Updated 6 December 2018.

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