I’ll stand by you whatever you decide. But is an abortion totally out of the question?
STUPID YOUNG HEART
directed by Selma Vilhunen / written by Kirsikka Saari
A lightly built, carefree, Lenni (15), raised by a single mom is confronted by the pressures of adult life when his girlfriend informs him that she is pregnant. Set in an urban neighbourhood in Helsinki during the winter, Lenni starts looking for father figures to learn from as he discovers that responsibility and parenthood do not always go hand in hand.
This story paints a picture of today’s suburban life in Helsinki, where social problems are often inherited from one generation to the next. Frustration is smouldering in young men’s hearts when they lack expectations for their futures. Conflicts arise between different groups of people, often for no real reason. Through Lenni and Kiira we want to portray all this, and what’s more, in a moving, uplifting, often very funny way, the story reveals hope and beauty in each of its characters – pregnant with everything young, and stupid.
Producer Elli Toivoniemi / Tuffi Films Ltd. www.tuffifilms.com
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Director Selma Vilhunen E email@example.com
80 min/HD/scriptwriting – grant by Finnish Film Found. & selected for Equinoxe workshop 2013
Finnish director/screenwriter of both fiction and documentary films. Her latest works as a director incl. feature documentary Song, which premiered in theatres in Finland, April 2014 and the International premiere was at Visions du Réel; Oscar-nom. short Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?, and the TV-drama Pietà. She is co-owner of the Helsinki-based production company, Tuffi Films.
After 10 years of silence, Vincent (30) is called back
to the countryside village of his childhood, only to discover that his grandfather was gay.
THE INHERITOR (working title)
a film by Guillaume Mainguet
Vincent lives in Paris. He is a successful press agent, but his love life is a disaster. When he is called to attend his grandfather’s funeral, being one of the inheritors, he must return to his childhood village. Years ago, after his father’s death, he ran far away from his rural roots. Soon, he hears that his grandfather was gay. This revelation of a family secret pushes his sense of privacy and changes his mind about his family.
I’ve always been interested in stories that question relations between an individual and a social group, the first of which is always the family. I’m intrigued by how any kind of social group and every family generates conflicting effects on humans: both destructive and protective. Vincent, being far from his family, still lives with these effects in a daily, ordinary battle that, when he is suddenly confronted with his roots and a changed past, challenges his self understanding.
Producer Claire Lajoumard / Acrobates Films www.acrobatesfilms.fr
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Director Guillaume Mainguet E email@example.com
90 min/HD Scope/final draft sept. 2014/shooting fall 2015/est. budget € 2M
Born 1977 in Nantes, France. He graduated in Cultural Programs Management and has promoted independent films in different areas of
cinema distribution from 2000 – 2007. Then he started working for the Festival of 3 Continents, where he is head of the professional program,
Produire au Sud – their int. training workshop. Since 2008, he has written and directed 3 short films. He is currently developing a 4th short and writing the script of his 1st feature film.
A young Iranian gigolo living in Denmark falls in love
with his client’s daughter and is forced to confront his own identity and past.
a film by Milad Alami
Ibrahim is a young Iranian man living in Denmark. He makes his living as a gigolo and spends time with women for money. When Ibrahim starts to fall for one woman’s daughter, another woman’s husband sets out for revenge when he finds out that his late wife was Ibrahim’s former client. As Ibrahim falls deeper in love, his façade as ‘the Charmer’ begins to crack. He is forced to confront himself, his past and his choices in order to grab hold of his unpredictable future.
The main character in The Charmer is based on my own experiences with identity issues. I was born in Iran and grew up in Sweden. For many years I suppressed my Iranian background and distanced myself from my parents’ culture. This gradually disconnected me from my own roots; I never became a Swede, but I lost out on being an Iranian. This feeling of having your identity torn apart is something I want to explore in a dramatic story.
Producer Stinna Lassen / The Team Nordisk Film Production
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Director Milad Alami T +45 2054 0896 E email@example.com
90 min/HD/shooting late 2014
Born in Iran, 1982, Milad grew up in Sweden and now lives in Denmark. He graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 2011. His films have been selected to among others, Directors’ Fortnight, New York FF, Clermont Ferrand Short FF and Karlovy Vary Int. FF. His graduation film, Nothing Can Touch Me was selected to over 40 international film festivals and won 10 awards. His latest short, Mini, just premiered in Denmark.
After falling into a passionate affair with her husband’s
teen-cousin, 38-year old Saadat, is forced to make the most vicious decision about her life.
a film by Aygul Bakanova
38-year old Saadat lives in Bishkek with her teenage daughter and a prosperous husband, Daniyar. One day, the stale family routine is interrupted by the arrival of Aman, Daniyar’s 19-year old cousin from the countryside. His short-term stay leads to a passionate romance between him and Saadat. Their relationship comes to an abrupt end when she discovers that she is pregnant. Torn between passion and family, she has to find a path for herself and her unborn child.
I want to tell the story of a woman searching for meaning as she approaches her 40’s. The story is set in modern Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, which has achieved a fragile independence since the collapse of the Soviet Union. My heroine, Saadat, faces a disintegrating family and a growing sense of ennui. For the first time she tries to be true to herself, while cultural and social roles and masks stand in her way. By pursuing an erotic impulse, Saadat breaks the biggest taboo and faces the toughest decision in her life.
Producer Altynai Koichumanova / Oy Art
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Director Aygul Bakanova E email@example.com
100 min/HD/shooting 2015/budget € 500,000
Aygul Bakanova was born and grew up in Kyrgyzstan. In 2011 she received her MA degree from the London Film School. Her graduation short, The Song of The Rain, set in rural Kyrgyzstan, has been screened at various film festivals, including Locarno and Clermont-Ferrand. Aygul is currently developing her first feature Drifting Snows. With this project she has been selected for the Résidence du Festival de Cannes and Jerusalem Film Lab.
For some, a refugee camp is paradise on earth.
THE MOTEL OF A THOUSAND ROSES
By Hamy Ramezan
Suren (14) has been saved. He leaves behind a ruthless war and looks forward to a promising future. His family has found paradise on earth in a refugee camp in Yugoslavia. His parents are euphoric, while the repetitive, compulsive games of the camp’s children soon turn savage. The Motel of a Thousand Roses is a fearless coming of age story about separation, loss and the never-ending journey of the refugee.
I spent a couple of years of my youth in a Yugoslavian refugee camp in the late 80s. The run down Motel of a Thousand Roses had been transformed into a residence for hundreds of people fleeing war. Despite the many mental ordeals and near-death experiences, I consider these the finest and most beautiful days of my life. With this film I want to represent human behaviour in extreme conditions and explore how someone can find joy and happiness in such an environment, especially from a child’s point of view.
Producer Jussi Rantamäki / Aamu Filmcompany Ltd.
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Director Hamy Ramezan E email@example.com
90 min/35mm/DCP/shooting summer 2016/premiere 2017/budget € 1.6M
Hamy Ramezan is a Finnish-Iranian film director and scriptwriter. He studied film in England, graduating in 2007. His short film Over the Fence, 2009, was a worldwide festival hit and was screened at more than 40 international film festivals, earning many awards, incl. Best Live Action Short at Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival and Special Mention at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. Recently, Keys of Heaven won 4 prizes at the Tampere Film Festival 2014.
After years in exile, a child witch must decide whether
to stay within the confines of a witch camp or return to the family that previously condemned her.
I AM NOT A WITCH
a film by Rungano Nyoni
Set in the Northern Province of Zambia, in a makeshift witch refugee camp, I am not a witch centers on a 9 year-old child witch, Shula. Shula has to decide whether to give up her powers to gain acceptance in her village or to remain a witch and stay forever exiled in the camp. This is a bittersweet tale of what it means to be an outsider and the ever-present struggle of remaining true to oneself despite the overwhelming odds against it.
I am motivated by the recent stories of children being brutally attacked, disfigured or killed for superstitious reasons, which were previously something that was foreign in Zambia. The degree, to which human beings are able to justify discriminating against one another, be it driven by religious or cultural or personal reasons, continues to intrigue me. In this story I aim to explore themes of belonging and lost identity through a child witch.
Producer Juliette Grandmont / Clandestine Films www.clandestine-films.fr
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Director Rungano Nyoni E email@example.com
90 min/digital/development 2014/production 2015
Rungano Nyoni’s films have screened at more than 200 film festivals worldwide. In 2012, her most recent short, Mwansa The Great, was nominated for an African Academy Award and a BAFTA. With her partner, she wrote and he directed The Mass of Men that premiered at Locarno Film Festival, it garnered more than 60 prizes and was shown at 100 film festivals. In 2013 she was selected for Cannes Cinefondation Residency for her 1st feature film, I am not a witch.
How do you get back to your family, village and life
after killing a teenage boy in a drunk driving accident?
a film by Kræsten Kusk
Martin is released from prison. Two years earlier he ran down two teenage boys in a car accident. One died, one was paralyzed from the belly down. Martin was influenced by alcohol. Returning home, his wife and two teenage sons are waiting. Everything has changed. His wife wants him to act in a special way, to feel guilty. His sons are bullied and the small community has not forgiven him. Especially the parents of the dead boy are extremely angry. Martin’s life is falling apart. Everybody tells him that everything he does is wrong, and his fight to get his life back has just begun.
8 months ago, not far from the small community where I was born and raised, a father of 3 went to a party, had fun, got drunk and decided to sleep in his car. The next morning he felt sober, but on the way home he got involved in an accident and hit 2 teenage girls. One was seriously hurt and later pronounced dead. He had still been over the legal limit to drive and was sentenced to jail. My first thought was: how will he ever get his life back? And this is what I want to make a film about.
Producer Jesper Morthorst / SF Film Production
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Director Kræsten Kusk E email@example.com
90 min/HD/writing 2014/shooting spring-summer 2015
Born 1976, Denmark. He has a Master of Arts in Film Studies & Art from the Univ. of Cph., 2005, and graduated from the independent film school Super 16, 2008. During the last 10 years he has directed over 15 short films that have participated in festivals like Rencontres Int. (FR), Odense Int. FF (DK), Roshd Int. FF (IRA), Circuito Off Venice Int. Short FF (IT), Going Underground (DE) and many more. Selected films are Where the Light Gets in (2013), Black Man (2008) & Next to the Road (2004).
A violent teenager reunites with his hunter father
in the southern woods, where he confronts his own ability to love and kill.
a film by Natalia Garagiola
Nahuel loses his mother abruptly while finishing high school in Buenos Aires. He’s forced to spend the months before he turns 18 in the custody of his father, a highly respected hunter who lives in a small village near the mountains in the south, and whom he hasn’t seen for more than 10 years. The deep south offers no “mother-nature” to welcome him. Instead, Nahuel finds himself in a cruel and hostile environment, where survival of the strongest prevails.
Personally immersed in the universe of hunting, several images began to shape in my mind, beautiful, yet also terrible: what turns a man into a hunter? What makes someone want to possess what he admires; kill what he loves? There is a wordless exchange in hunting, uniting the hunters on a primal, common level. The transcendence of simultaneously joining a bloodline and entering into communion with nature makes Hunting Season a portrait of the characters’ inner landscape and of the scenery itself. A narrative, yet observational eye will draw the truth out of the characters with a crude, raw tone, furtive: like a hunter stalking his prey.
Producer Benjamin Domenech / Rei Cine www.reicine.com.ar
90 min/HD DCP/principal photography May 2015/budget € 500.000
Born in Buenos Aires, 1982, she has written and directed 3 fiction short films: Rincón de López (2011) released at BAFICI; Yeguas y Cotorras (Mares and Parakeets; 2012) premiered at Cannes’ Critics’ Week. Her latest short, Sundays (2014), premieres at the Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight as part of the Nordic Factory (see page). Supported by TorinoFilmLab, TyPA and Rotterdam Lab, Temporada de Caza (Hunting Season) will be her first feature film.