LATEST MMP NEWS FOR CANNES 2017
Anaïs Bertrand is making progress with her object-sexuality themed “Jumbo”, now with actresses Noémie Merlant & Emmanuelle Bercot attached. The project has the French Avance sur Recettes and recently obtained addditional funding from Federation Wallonie Bruxelles. Shooting is planned for September/October 2017.
Canada’s Elizabeth Yake and Baden Württemberg producer Sven Schnell from Stuttgart are working together on their Board-game documentary. Ex-habitué of Mannheim’s previous Mannheim Meetings, Elizabeth describes the co-operation as “impeccable”, shooting having completed in several countries including Germany. In fact they were both visiting Mannheim and shooting at the same time locally during MMP 2016.
Marios Piperides (see below December 2016) has locked “Smuggling Hendrix” - his social comedy with a dog that gets lost on the border in Cyprus. The title is available at Cannes Marché with Match Factory.
Also from Cyprus, Stelana Kliris (producer) and Tonia Mishiali (producer/director) have finished shooting and are in Cannes presenting a rough cut of 2015 MMP project “Pause” (previously titled “Menopause”) ready for sales agent interest during Cannes.
Lukas Trimonis has good reason to be happy with WIDE Distribution as sales agent for “Miracle” (see below February 2017) – the first sales are racking up.
Joe Balass of Compass Film in Montreal is (April 2017) is researching world sales for “Venus”, transgender first-feature from debut director Eisha Marjara, now finished and ready for screening.
Bulgaria’s Stanislav Donchev is attracting interest from Poland for co-production of his MMP 2016 project “Letters from Antarctica” – discussions are under way.
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Rati Tsiteladze from Georgia with project “Empty House” (MMP 2015) has advanced to a place with Cinefondation Residence 2017:
34th session: http://www.cinefondation.com/en/sessions
The MMP 2013 Serb lead project “Requiem for MRS.J” directed by Bojan Vuletic, (lead producer Nenad Dukic, SEE Film) screens in Berlin 2017 in the Panorama Section as a Panorama Special title.
Main co-production partners are Geopoly Film in Sofia and Tomi Salkovski from Skopje Film Studio, Macedonia. Further support came from Alexsander Rodnyanski of Non-Stop Production, (Moscow), and Alice Ormieres of Surprise Alley,(Paris).
Eurimages support was granted in December 2015.
“Requiem” also received post production support from Karlovy Vary FF and ended as the only recipient among ten for the 2016 French CNC Aide de la Finition. The sound design from the Bulgarian partner has been defined as excellent.
MMP is credited with providing the Bulgarian partner for the film’s sound, shooting and post.
MMP 2013 Lithuanian lead project “Miracle”, directed by Egle Vertelyte, (lead producer Lukas Trimonis) . Eurimages support was granted in December 2015. Cinematographer is Bulgaria’s Emil Hristov, co-producers are Pavlina Jeleva at Bulgaria’s Geopoly and Radoslawa Bardes at Poland’s ORKA.
World Sales have been signed with Paris-based WIDE, and the film is shown at Berlin’s EFM.
“SMUGGLING HENDRIX” directed and produced by Marios Piperides has finished shooting in Cyprus. It has German theatrical distribution (Neue Visionen) , world sales with Match Factory and Arte support. Eurimages support was also granted.
“MENOPAUSE” (MMP 2015), dir. Tonia Mishiali will start shooting in Cyprus in March with Stelana Kliris producing.
“URSUS” (co-prod Georgia-Ukraine-Bulgaria-Germany, also co-production case study MMP 2015) is in post-production in Leipzig after additional shooting in a re-started Ukraine. Editing is expected to end soon. (October 2016).
( Macedonian production (original title “Nameless”) from MMP 2013 (Producer Ognen Antov) was screened during Berlinale 2016. )
A series of case studies dominate Events during MMP 2015: first of all “Co-production and War” – an examination of the Georgian (Studio “O”) – Ukrainian (Fresh Film) – Bulgarian (Geopoly) – German (Aktis Film, Leipzig) co-production “URSUS”, starring French actress Joséphine de La Baume. With 10 days left to shoot, a war started, and the local currency spiraled downwards – the pitfalls for co-production in such a hazardous situation (without the bear, but with the Ukrainians due to fulfil the majority role) is examined. MMP provided the relationship with Bulgaria. Georgia’s Otar Shamatava, Ukraine’s Oleg Shcherbyna, Bulgaria’s Pavlina Jeleva and Aktis Film’s Stelios Ziannis from Leipzig attend as co-producers.
The second “case study” is an intimate look at German producer Christine Haupt’s three recent minority co-productions: ending with 2015’s “Un Certain Regard” entry Radu Muntean’s “The Floor Below”, co-produced with Romania, Sweden & France. We back-track through 2014’s Golden Rose Winner (Bulgarian majority co-production, also with Croatian minority co-producer) “Judgment” directed by Stefan Komandarev, to “Fair Play” (minority co-production with Czech Republic & Slovakia.)
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MMP 2014 in fact brought about a constructive relationship between another Ugandan project and Israel’s Transfax – Robert Nyanzi’s “Goat Rustlers”, which is continuing script re-writes under the watchful eye of script doctor Sari Turgeman (also Israeli, no relation).
Bulgaria’s busy Pavlina Jeleva (Geopoly, Sofia) has recently received the only funding as the best out of 11 projects presented at the latest minority call in Bulgaria. Lithuanian majority producer Lukas Trimonis (In Script) has taken advantage for his project “Miracle”(MMP 2013) written/directed by Egle Vertelyte, to hire top Bulgarian DoP Emil Hristov.
Pavlina Jeleva is a well-established figure at MMP by now: apart from her joining “Miracle”, Mannheim also has helped provide the relationship for “Ursus” (see above) and further projects to be made public at some point.
And Cuba’s MMP 2013 project entry “Santa y Delfin” produced by Claudia Calvino, helped by MMP to funds from EZEF Germany, “definitely starts shooting” this summer. Calvino’s husband, director Carlos Lechuga, took away the 2013 Main Award of IFF Mannheim Heidelberg with “Melaza” (also produced by Calvino).