Films by EWA members in the Berlinale
EWA Network congratulates the members whose films and projects have been selected at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.
The Devils' Bath in OFFICIAL COMPETITION, Memories of a burning body and Crossing in PANORAMA, Folk Play at the Co.production Market, Maydegol and Resentment at the GENERATION sections and Maria Laskaridou, Tang Yi, Laurine Pelassy, Fany Skartouli and Cemre Erül selected at the Berlinale Talents.
The Devils Bath by Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala. Co-produced by Bettina Brokemper HEIMAT FILM.
We are honoured to have Bettina Brokemper as a mentor in this year's programme.
An Austrian-German co-production. Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion (Ulrich Seidl), Heimatfilm (Bettina Brokemper), Coop99
Script & Directors: Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala
Cast: Anja Plaschg, David Scheid, Maria Hofstätter
World Sales: Playime SAS
Synopsis: Upper Austria in 1750: Agnes, a young married woman, doesn’t feel at home in her husband’s world. The deeply religious and highly sensitive woman withdraws into herself, moving further and further away from the rural world of work and everyday life. Ultimately, a shocking act of violence seems to be the only way out of her inner prison. This profound and disturbing psychogramm of a woman who hopes, searches and finally flees is based on historical records and charts a true, previously unexplored chapter of European (women’s) history.
Crossing by Levan Akin. Sweden, Denmark, France,Turkey, Georgia. Co-produced by Anna Kaharadze, participant in the Mentoring Programme 22-23.
Sales: TOTEM FILMS
Synopsis: Lia, a retired teacher, made a promise to find her long lost niece Tekla. The search takes her to Istanbul, a beautiful city that seems full of connections and possibilities. There she meets Evrim, a lawyer fighting for trans rights, and Tekla starts to feel closer than ever.
Supported by: The Swedish Film Institute, Eurimages, The Danish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Aide Aux Cinénas Du Monde - Centre National Du Cinéma Et De L’Image Animée - Institut Français, La Région Ile-De-France, Enterprise Georgia & Film In Georgia, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee
Memories of a burning body by Antonella Sudasassi Furniss.
Costa Rica-Spain Coproduced by Estephania Bonnet PLAYLAB Films Spain
Raised in a repressive era where sexuality was taboo, Ana, Patricia, and Mayela found their understanding of womanhood based on unspoken rules and implicit impositions. Now, their fearless voices incarnate in a single 65-year-old woman, who revisits a kaleidoscopic life of intertwined memories, secrets, and hidden desires.
As noites ainda cheiram á pôlvora (The Nights Still Smell of Gunpowder) by Inadelso Cossa. Mozambique / Germany / France / Portugal / Netherlands / Norway
Co-produced by Elisa F Pirir (Norway), former participant in the Mentoring Programme
It is dark and stays dark. Through the medium of nightmares, sounds, absent images and a child’s black-and-white photo in dry foliage, the film – slowly and in fragments – explores the memory of the civil war in Mozambique, which lasted from 1977 to 1992.
Maydegol by Sarvnaz Alambeigi | with Maydegol, Mohadesseh, Farzaneh Iran / Germany / France 2024 World premiere | Documentary Form
Synopsis: An Afghan teenager living as an immigrant in Iran strives to pursue her dream of becoming a professional Muay Thai boxer while battling the social injustice and violence she encounters beyond the ring.
Resentment by Gleb Osatinski
AMERICAN/ LITHUANIAN shortfilm with Rüta Petronyte as a co-producer. Rüta is also a participant in this year's mentoring Programme. RESENTMENT PRESS RELEASE
Synopsis: In this film the director reminisces his painful childhood experiences in his home country at the end of the Soviet era.
Folk Play by Mirjana Karanovic
Production Company: This and That Productions, Serbia. Snezana van Houwelingen. We are honoured to have Snezana as a mentor in this year's programme.
Synopsis: A young woman’s search for freedom and love in a conservative and patriarchal society. Anka, who is forced by her family to marry, is forever changed when she falls in love with Branka, a female folk singer.
116 of the Talents are women, with 76 men and 10 non-binary people. The theme of this year’s Talents is ‘Common Tongues – Speaking Out in the Language of Cinema’. We congratulate these EWA members
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