INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORS CHOOSE CAMPANIA
Guy Ritchie is directing several spectacular scenes for the spy story set in the 1960s – “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” – in Naples, Bacoli and Pozzuoli. The movie is produced by Warner Bros and stars Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Hugh Grant.
In Caserta, until October 12th, James Mc Tigue is filming a special tribute to the magnificent Royal Palace, built to rival the Royal Palace of Versailles. The short film “Caserta Palace Dream” is produced by Pasta Garofalo in collaboration with Blue Door Production. Richard Dreyfuss stars as architect Vanvitelli alongside Valerio Mastrandrea in the role of King Charles and Kasia Smutniak as Queen Maria Amalia. Over the summer Rupert Everett was also in Naples, scouting for his film project about the life of Oscar Wilde.
EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTIONS IN SOUTH TYROL
Two European co-productions were filmed in South Tyrol this fall. The renowned French director Olivier Assayas found suitable locations for his new project “Sils Maria” at the Gardena Valley (Grödnertal), among other places. The film, a German–French co-production between Pallas Film GmbH and CG Cinèma SA, features international stars like JulietteBinoche (“Chocolat”,“TheEnglishPatient”) and KirstenStewart (“The Twilight Saga”) and received support amounting to €350,000 from the BLS Film Commission.
“Tourist”, from Swedish director Ruben Östlund, was also filmed in Italy’s northernmost province this fall.
In fact, one of the film’s key scenes is set at the Stelvio (Stilfser) Pass, the highest mountain pass in Italy.
The co-production, which brings together Sweden’s Plattform Produktion Limited Company, Denmark’s Coproduction Office, the French Société Parisienne de Production and a German film company, Essential, received a total of € 100,000 in funding from the BLS. Both productions worked with South Tyrolean professionals providing production services, location scouts, location managers and casting agencies, in addition to utilizing the services provided by the BLS Film Fund & Commission.
“LIASONS DES LIONS”: A PERFECT MATCH
Continuing the success story started in 2011, the Film Commission Stuttgart Region organized a delegation trip to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (June 16-22, 2013) themed “Liaison des Lions”.
Nine representatives from creative companies (advertising, interactive media, digital content, music, film and service production) enjoyed an inspiration-filled week with lively exchanges of ideas andencounters with many creative minds.
In addition to the seminars, workshops and master classes, the “BW Lions” promoted the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and put the German Southwest on the creative map.
The delegates were accompanied by representatives of cooperation partners from Baden-Württemberg International, MFG Film Fund, the Creative Industries Network Baden-Württemberg and the Film Commission Stuttgart Region.
More than 200 fabulous guests and content hosts celebrated a “120-minute party” at Long Beach featuring DJ Friction. These two hours provided a great networking opportunity for the delegates to get in touch with international customers and agencies.
One of the major tasks – apart from bringing Baden-Württemberg to international attention and developing the internationalization of the region’s creative industries – was to ensure the transfer of knowledge and innovation.
This was achieved through blogging and Facebook posts (www.bw-lions.de and www.facebook.com/bwlions) and a networking event, the so-called “Cannes Report”, after the delegation’s return from the South of France, where they presented international trends in com- munication and shared their insights into where the creative journey will take us in the coming years.
LOCATION TOUR ACROSS THE STUTTGART WINE REGION
While last year the Film Commission detected Russian traces in the Stuttgart Region, this year 23 participants explored the wine region, presented in both a traditional and visual manner.
People like Felix Count Adelmann opened the gates to their vineyards and impressive locations such as the medieval fortress of Burg Schaubeck or an air-raid shelter from 1942 where today a regional wine manufacturer ripens its sparkling wines using the traditional Champaignoise method.
Altogether the locations demonstrated the wide range of regional wine production in terms of cultivation, manufacturing, sale, and research.
Nanna and Ulrich Eissler introduced the new marketing approach of their farmstead near Maulbronn Monastery.
They have transformed the vineyard into an impressive events location and are today among the best winemakers in the region. Andreas Knauss is also a top notch aspiring young winemaker who has established himself on the international arena.
He calls himself a low-tech winemaker, which is quite surprising given the pure, simple modernism of his newly-built winery. The central cooperative winemaking company, WZG, turned out to be another very impressive location.
Spacious halls containing wine tanks that are several meters high, placed next to a picturesque cellar room where selected wines are traditionally matured in wooden barrels.
This year’s location tour was a source of inspiration for the participating authors, producers, filmmakers and journalists. We are curious to see the filmic results or creative approaches to wine that will follow. www.facebook.de/ficorest
EUFCN-member Film Commission Stuttgart Region is an information center for all issues regarding film production. It is a program organ-ized by the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation and supported by the regional MFG film funding Baden-Wurttemberg and the city of Stuttgart.
THE RETURN OF WOODY ALLEN
The film was made under the code name of “WASP 2013” (Woody Allen Summer Project) and stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone.
The South of France Film Commission – Var provided some of the locations including a manor which looks unchanged since the 1920s.
This production was supported by the TRIP (Tax Rebate for International Production) provided by the CNC following Film France’s assessment to the French company managing the production in France on behalf of the foreign producer.
This is the second time in recent years that Woody Allen has shot a complete film in France, after “Midnight in Paris” in 2010, which also benefited from the TRIP. “WASP 2013” shot in the Var and in the Alpes Maritimes.
A BIOPIC FILMED IN CANTABRIA
Autumn brings some interesting film projects to Cantabria.
One of them, is the biopic about the famous golfer Severiano Ballesteros “Seve”.
The film is directed by John Paul Davidson, produced by Reinassance Films & Fishcorb Films and coproduced by Palomont Pictures.
A mixture between a documentary and drama, it was filmed entirely in Cantabria until October 12th.
The film is due for general release in April 2014.
The Cantabria Film Commission has worked with the producers in order to help them with casting, permits and assembling the technical crew.
A NEW FILM BY AN ACCLAIMED DANISH DIRECTOR
Ole Christian Madsen, the acclaimed director of “Flame & Citron”, Denmark’s most expensive movie to date and its biggest box-office hit in the last 10 years, is preparing a new feature, “Itsi Bitsi”, which follows the story of Eik Skaløe, lead singer of the iconic Danish band Steppeulvene (eng. Steppenwolf).
Most of the film will be shot in Croatia over 28 days (filming started in mid-October), which will stand in for as many as seven different countries: Morocco, Greece, Spain, France, Iraq, India and even Nepal.
The film, co-produced by Croatian production house MP Film Production, is also one of the participants of Croatia’s recently introduced Cash Rebate Program, which has attracted other high-profile projects over the last year, such as Oliver Hirschbiegel’s current release “Diana” starring Naomi Watts, Arto Halonen’s “Patriotic Man”, and HBO’s “Game of Thrones”..
A RIDELY SCOTT PRODUCTION
Filming on “Child 44” wraps on September 21st after 71 days of filming in the Czech Republic.
Produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Daniel Espinosa, the film is an adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s novel of the same name, based on the true story of a serial killer in the former Soviet Union.
Tom Hardy stars as a state security agent investigating a series of grue- some child murders. Other key cast members include Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman and Vincent Cassel.
Czech locations stand in for Moscow.
The production was shot at Barrandov Studios and on live locations including Prague’s National Theatre, the National Museum, Rudolfinum and in the city’s underground metro tunnels. Of the roughly 300-member crew, 256 were Czech film professionals.
The film is produced by Summit Entertainment and Scott Free Productions, with Prague-based Stillking Films as the local partner.
WELCOME TO GANGSTERS AND GENTLEMEN
A large scale Swedish feature film is moving towards the end of successful shooting in Vilnius.
B- Reel Feature Films chose Vilnius, Lithuania as the location for their latest production that is based on a historical novel by popular Swedish cult writer Klas Ostergren.
Shooting began in August and will wrap in mid-October.
“We do everything possible to make it easy and comfortable to film here and provide the highest level of skills necessary. Films are magic and Vilnius helps to make that magic become reality”, says Jurate Pazikaite, Director of the Vilnius Film Office.
Over the summer, the streets of Vilnius were transformed into post-war Berlin and Stockholm.
“Vilnius is living up to its reputation of becoming the friendliest of film cities. We are happy to see large budget films returning to Vilnius and will do everything we can to continue to attract filmmakers here”, says Arturas Zuokas, Mayor of the City of Vilnius.
The director of the movie is Mikael Marcimain and the producer is Fredrik Heinig.
The local production company is Dansu.
Many locations all over the scenic Old Town of Vilnius were used to recreate a post war environment from 1967 to current times. The story line is about the adventures of four friends who encounter secret agents, rich people as well as politicians along the way from the darkest of hours of despair to the triumph of the human spirit. Over 600 crew and supporting technical staff, actors and performers were used in the making of the film in Vilnius, Lithuania.