KATOWICE: Ten international projects with coproduction potential will be presented at a special pitching session held during the Forum Regiofund 2017, that will take place in Katowice 4-7 October 2017.
The pitching session will take place on 6 October 2017 with producers presenting their projects to international guests including producers, funding institutions, regional film funds, distributors and sales agents. The list of invited guests was completed with input from the participants of the pitching session, who voiced their coproduction needs. The session will be moderated by Karolina Lidin, a representative of the Nordisk Film&TV Fund. The films and TV series presented in Katowice come from Poland, Albania, Romania, Italy, Austria and the UK.\
Projects for the Pitchings Forum: A Film Odyssey (Poland)
The debut feature from Polish filmmaker Piotr Stasik follows Jeremy, a twelve-year-old who decides to reconstruct a pleograph, the pioneering device to record and play films. It was invented by a Pole, Kazimierz Prószyński, one year before the Lumière brothers patented the cinematograph. The idea of reconstructing the pleograph is supported by NASA, which will place the films recorded on the device in a time capsule sent into space. The film observes the subsequent stages and tasks conducted by Jeremy and his friends. The picture is a hybrid combining elements of narrative and documentary films with an art and science project.
"Same as with the invention of the light bulb or the radio, a couple of people from around the world, who were fascinated and inspired by the moving pictures, decided to try and construct a projector at the same time. Our story about the beginning of cinema starts in Poland, but leads trough France, Germany and USA to be finalised in the Universe, where our protagonist is sending his time capsule. The reconstruction of the first device to play movies will be a chance not only to time-travel but also to search for the traces of a genius inventor in different countries, which can result in co-production opportunities, " producer Maciej Kubicki told FNE.
The film is currently in development, with shooting planned for 2018 and completion set for the fall of 2019. A Film Odyssey is produced by the Polish company Telemark with a planned budget of 600,000 EUR and 59% of financing in place with 1.5 m PLN from the Polish Film Institute.
A new thriller drama directed by Dan Radu Mihai follows Bogdana, a cool, composed and determined woman, who wants to avenge her sister’s death. The woman suffered from a terminal sickness but tried to find a cure, thus getting involved with a certain spiritual leader. Unfortunately, following his advice and recommended lifestyle did not alter her state. Bogdana joins a group of six who translate the book written by the spiritual leader. The protagonist wants to expose him as a fraud and fake healer.
"It is a story with many layers, always leading you on unexpected paths, discovering new depths in the characters’ lives and personalities. The Anselins is a labyrinth. In our race to create stories that can speak for large communities we forgot the language of individuals that can speak for each one of us. The Anselins is not a film with easy answers but is a story that takes you from drama to thriller, and keeps you there for the next round. It’s a film that can speak any language and is not limited to a specific moment in time," producer Ana Maria Pirvan told FNE.
The film is in development, with a shoot planned for 2018 and premiere set for 2019. The Anselins is produced by Ana Maria Pirvan of Anchor Films with a planned budget of 400,000 EUR. The producers have 5 % of financing in place and are currently looking for coproducers and artistic contributors.
The Deathless Woman (UK)
A fusion of documentary and drama, written and directed by Roz Mortimer, about a Roma woman, who was murdered in a forest in Poland during WWII and returns to haunt us, uncovering the buried history of the Roma in Europe. The Deathless Woman will unearth tales of persecution and resistance from the Roma people from the 1940’s to the present day through an innovative approach to the supernatural, re-enactment and performance. As a spectral presence, she leads us on an emotionally charged journey, revealing true stories of persecution and Roma resistance that have been omitted from the history books
"The haunting story of ‘The Deathless Woman’ had never been told before. At a time when Europe seems to be slipping backwards into a new age of racism and intolerance, shedding light on unknown stories such as this to challenge the perception of the Roma seems critical. More than 10 million Roma live across Europe, and continue to face discrimination and racist attacks. Several stories that are shared in the film are set in Poland and Hungary, but speak more broadly of both the historic and contemporary persecution of the Roma in Europe that has been overlooked throughout history. Through this film we want to challenge people’s perceptions of the Roma and ensure that their stories are heard," producer Abigail Addision told FNE.