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LUNA selected for Berlinale Residency

June 19, 2012

Dutch film project LUNA by director Sacha Polak and scriptwriter Helena van der Meulen is selected for Berlinale Residency, the new international fellowship programme of the Berlin International Film Festival. Polak is invited to come to Berlin for four months to finalize the script, and work with different experts from the international media industry to develop the production and distribution strategies together with her producer Viking Film.

An international jury consisting of Bruno Bettati, Thomas Hailer, Simon Ofenloch, Michael J. Werner and Vibeke Windeløv has chosen six participants and their projects for the first edition of Berlinale Residency. 

The Berlinale Residency programme offers these six directors, who have already enjoyed their first success on the international festival circuit, a grant to come to Berlin for four months from September till December 2012, to work in close contact with individually selected mentors and market experts, to work on their scripts and develop together with their producers production and distribution strategies so they can take a decisive step toward placing their next film project on the way to a successful theatrical release, beyond festival participation.

The Berlinale is one of the largest audience festivals in the world. The Berlinale Residency is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Nipkow Programme and the Guadalajara International Film Festival in cooperation with the MEDIA Mundus programme of the European Union and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

LUNA is a musical roadmovie about singer Luna, who looses herself and the grip on her life after her boyfriend dies in an accident. LUNA is written by Helena van der Meulen, who was also responsible for the script of HEMEL (2012), the debut and breakthrough of director Sacha Polak and for which they received the Fipresci Award at the Berlinale. LUNA is produced by Marleen Slot of Viking Film and is supported by the Netherlands Film Fund. The film will be released in the Benelux by film distributor Cinéart.


For more information, please contact:

Viking Film
Ph: +31 20 625 4788


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