Dutch co-productions at Venice
29 July 2020
Dutch minority co-production Quo Vadis, Aida?* by Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić is selected for the upcoming edition of the Venice International Film Festival (2-12 September). The film will world premiere in the Festival's main competition Venezia 77. Quo Vadis, Aida? is co-produced by the Netherlands based N279 Entertainment, international sales are handled by Indie Sales.
Based on real events, the film is set in the Bosnian summer of 1995 during the Serbian occupation of Srebrenica. Aida works as a translator for the United Nations peacekeeping task force who operates a camp where her husband and two sons are being held along with thousands of other Bosnian citizens. Aida quickly gains access to crucial information she needs to translate. As the Serbian army's threat to overtake the camp escalates, the horizon for Aida's family and community gets out of hand.
Another Dutch co-production will celebrate its world premiere in the parallel section Venice Days: Oasis* by Ivan Ikić (Croatia). Dutch outfit Keplerfilm is attached as minority co-producer. Heretic Outreach are handling sales.
Oasis tells the story of Robert, Dragana and Maria. Abandoned by everyone, with no life perspective and condemned to a life time of hiding from society because of their defects, in surroundings with strict rules of conduct and survival, the emotions of three teenagers linger on a thin line between eros and thanatos, threatening to, at any moment, end in tragedy.
No less than five projects from Dutch (co-)producers are part of the Venice Gap-Financing Market (4-6 September):
-A Beautiful Imperfection*, director: Michiel van Erp, produced by: Kaap Holland Film
-Occupied City*, dir: Steve McQueen, prod: Family Affair Films
-Shirin Ebadi: Until We Are Free, dir: Dawn Gifford Engle, prod: Stichting PeaceJam Europe
-Sweet Dreams*, dir: Ena Sendijarevic, prod: Lemming Film
-Banksy: The Walled off Hotel VR, dir: Amer Shomali, NL co-prod: Bind Film.
Furthermore Dutch short film Your Beautiful Rubber Brain* by Jelmer Wristers, produced by Rots Filmwerk, is selected for the independently organized Venice Film Week (24 - 28 August). The live-action short film is set on an old pig farm, enclosed by sloping fields, and shows a farmer who takes in an addict. In this expressionist portrait we witness 24 hours of their isolated existence where confusion and alienation create an image of the future of man.
*Supported by the Netherlands Film Fund