Göteborg Film Fund presents the second post-production and the first development support selection during the industry days at the Venice Film Festival. Among the supported projects are the Iranian Kurdish demon-thriller-melodrama Zalava, by Arsalan Amiri, competing in the International Critic’s week section and the Ukrainian dramas Pamfir, by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk, participating at the Venice Gap Financing Market and Kai, by Oleh Sentsov, who is at the festival screening his ”Rhino” in the Orrizzonti section.
– It has been some very intense and inspiring weeks for our selection committes. All together we have selected nine films for post-production support and 12 projects for development support – a selection with very high quality and with an exciting variation when it comes to genre and expression. In addition to arthouse drama and creative documentary we are looking forward to a short format web series, a musical and, as mentioned, a demon-thriller-melodrama, says Fund Manager Camilla Larsson.
Zalava is the feature debut from Iranian Kurdish director Arsalan Amiri, who, among other things, co-wrote the script for Ida Panahandeh’s Nahid (2015), which was awarded in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes festival. Zalava will have its Venice premiere on September 8 and then continue to the Toronto International Film Festival.
1978, in a small village called Zalava, villagers claim that a demon is among them. A young sergeant who investigates the claim crosses paths with an exorcist attempting to evict the demon from the village. He arrests the exorcist on charges of fraud, but suddenly finds himself stuck in a cursed house, with his lover. The villagers who believe they are both possessed by the demon decide to kill them.
The Kurdish and Persian language film was directed by Arsalan Amiri from a script by Amiri, Ida Panahandeh and Tahmineh Bahram. Producers are Samira Baradari and Rouhollah Baradari for Touba Films, with co-producer Ruth Yoshie Linton. Zalava was granted SEK 150 000 in post-prodcution support.
Pamfir, a drama in post-production, from Ukrainian director Dmytro Sukholytkyy – Sobchuk is participating in the financing market Venice Gap, which is part of the industry events at Venice Production Bridge. Sukholytkyy – Sobchuk has directed several awarded shorts. Pamfir is his feature debut and has been developed at Torino film lab and was selected for the Cinéfondation at the Cannes festival.
Pamfir wants to be a decent family man, but challenged by the circumstances he is forced to give up honest breadwinning to help his family. The Biblical story of Abraham in the setting of Malanka carnival according to the canons of the Greek tragedy with the elements of western and detective.
Pamfir was granted SEK 150 000 in post-production support and is produced by Aleksandra Kostina for Bosonfilm.
Kai is a feature fiction project in development, by Ukrainian director Oleh Sentsov.
It is based on Oleh Sentsov’s own life experience – overcoming the midlife crisis, the struggle for the future of his child diagnosed with autism, and many other vicissitudes, which the director rethought in an artistic form. On the one hand, the history of the film is unique, connected with the Ukrainian reality of the beginning of 2000. On the other hand, the project is universal, as it raises the problems of heroes, which are understandable in all modern cultures and societies.
Sentsov debuted with Gamer (2013) which had its premiere at the Rotterdam festival. He was then sent to 20 yers of prison due to his activism within the ”AutoMaidan” movement. He was released in 2019 as part of a prisoner exchange deal and has now finished his second feature Rhino, competing in the Venice Orrizzonti section. Kai was granted SEK 70 000 in development support and is produced by Denis Ivanov for Arthouse Traffic.
Göteborg Film Fund 2021 was initiated in the beginning of May by Göteborg Film Festival. It is a one-year project, supported by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as a part of the Swedish governments ”drive for” democracy. The fund targets four different regions: Brazil, Sudan, Ukraine and Kurdish filmmakers, primarily in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. All together, over 1 000 applications were submitted.
In October Göteborg Film Fund 2021 will announce the development selection for Brazil and the selection for Innovative distribution for all four regions.
Göteborg Film Fund 2021 – September Selection
The films selected for Post-production support:
Aunt Virginia (Tia Virginia) – Brazil
Director: Fabio Meira
Producers: Janaina Diniz Guerra, Camilo Cavalcanti
Roseira Filmes / Kinossaurus Films
Alien Nights (Noites Alienígenas) – Brazil
Director: Sérgio De Carvalho
Producer: Pedro Von Kruger
The Colony (A Colônia) – Brazil
Director: Lorran Dias
Producer: João Gilberto Lopes
A Landless Woman (A Mulher Sem Chão) – Brazil
Director: Auritha Tabajara, Débora McDowell
Producer: Débora McDowell
Pamfir – Ukraine, France, Poland, Chile
Director: Dmytro Sukholytkyy – Sobchuk
Producer: Aleksandra Kostina
Ada – Ukraine
Director: Alina Matochkina
Amedspor – Turkey
Director: Rezan Yeşilbaş
Producer: Ahmet Gürata
Zalava – Iran
Director: Arsalan Amiri
Producer: Samira Baradari, Rouhollah Baradari, Touba Film
Co-producer: Ruth Yoshie Linton
The projects selected for Development support, September 2021:
African Titanics – Sudan
Director: Hajooj Kuka
Gisa Productions / Refugee Club
The House That My Mother Built – Sudan
Director: Alyaa Musa
Black Balance Artistic Production
Lily’s Mecca – Sudan, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Qatar and France
Director: Marwa Zein
Goodbye Julia – Sudan, Egypt and Sweden
Director: Mohamed Kordofani
Producer: Amjad Abu Alala
Sukkar – Sudan
Director: Mohamad Hanafi
Producer: Alyaa Musa
Black Balance Artistic Production
Kai – Ukraine
Director: Oleh Sentsov
Producer: Denis Ivanov
Sasha Take Out the Trash – Ukraine
Director: Nataliia Vorozhbyt
Producer: Ivanna Dyadyura
IDAS International Film
Symphony of Donbas – Ukraine
Director: Elena Rubashevska
Producer: Veronika Kryzhna
Nuthouse Road – Ukraine
Director: Oleksandr Techynskyi
Producers: Oleksandra Kravchenko, Darya Bassel
Philax – Turkey and Italy
Director: Rûken Tekeş
Producers: Billur Arikan, Rûken Tekeş, Gabriele Oricchio, Riccardo di Pasquale
Production company: Sarya Films Collective (Turkey)
Co-Production company: Fenix Entertainment Spa (Italy)
The Dream Betrayed Me – Syria, France, Belgium and Germany
Director: Mohammad Shaikhow
Producer: Camille Laemlé
Les Films d’Ici
Symphony of the Mountain – Iran
Director: Parviz Rostami
Hunchback – Turkey
Director: Ahu Öztürk
The pre-selection committees consisted of: Rafael Sampaio, Flavia Candida, Fernanda De Capua, Matheus Pestana for Brazil: Olena Yershova for Ukraine; Shamal Sabri for Kurdish Cinema; Camilla Larsson, Tobias Åkesson, Freddy Olsson, Göteborg Film Festival.
The final selection committee for Post-production support consisted of: Camilla Larsson, Fund Manager, Jonas Holmberg, Artistic director, Johan Blomqvist, Head of international programme, Tobias Åkesson, Head of Nordic programme, Göteborg Film Festival
The final selection committee for Development support consisted of: Camilla Larsson, Fund Manager, Jonas Holmberg, Artistic director, Cia Edström, Head of Industry, Tobias Åkesson, Head of Nordic programme, Göteborg Film Festival.