Venice Film Festival: „Invisible“ screening at the Lido
- World premiere of Pablo Giorgelli’s „Invisible“ in the Orizzonti sidebar
- „Dream Away“ from Cologne’s Monokel by Johanna Domke and Marouan Omara in the Final Cut „work in progress“ programme
- 74th Venice International Film Festival from 30.8. – 9.9.2017
The Filmstiftung-backed production „Invisible“ by the Argentinian director Pablo Giorgelli will be screening as a world premiere in the Orizzonti sidebar at the 74th Venice International Film Festival (30 August to 9 September). „Dream Away“ by the KHM graduate Johanna Domke and the Egyptian filmmaker Marouan Omara was invited to Final Cut. This section of the festival shows work in progress copies of selected films to producers, distributors, sales agents and festival programmers.
„Invisible“ focuses on Ely who is seventeen and lives with her depressive mother in a high-rise housing complex. Although the apartment is small, the two have hardly any contact with one another. Ely works at a veterinary surgery after school to earn some money for her and her mother. She has an affair with her boss Raúl who is married. When Ely learns that she is pregnant by him, her inner world explodes. Raúl urges her to have an abortion and, although Ely doesn’t actually want to have the baby, she’s not so sure inside. Whatever she decides to do, there is no turning back. The lead roles are taken by Mora Arenillas, Mara Bastelli, Diego Cremonesi and Jorge Waldhorn. „Invisible“ is a production of Aire Cine/Tarea Fina (ARG) in co-production with Seacuatico (URY), Sancho Filmes (BRA), Punta Colorada (BRA), Urban Factory (F) and augenschein Filmproduktion. The Filmstiftung NRW supported the film with 50,000 Euro, other funders are INCAA, ICAU, Ibermedia Program, ANCINE and CNC – Aide aux Cinémas du Monde. Film Factory Entertainment is handling international sales.
Cologne’s augenschein Filmproduktion has three films in Venice this year. Apart from „Invisible“, there is the Argentinian film „Hunting Season“ (section: Settimana della Critica) by the director Natalia Garagiola and the satirical drama „Samui Song“ (section: Venice Days) by Pen-ek Ratanaruang.
„Dream Away“ by the German filmmaker Johanna Domke and the Egyptian Marouan Omara was one of six films in total to be invited to the Final Cut „work in progress“ programme. Director Domke and cinematographer Jakob Beurle are graduates of the KHM in Cologne. The docudrama follows a group of young Egyptians in the tourist town of Sharm El Sheikh which was shaken by a terrorist attack. Torn between the town’s liberal lifestyle and their origins from a traditional culture, they are forced to define their future and identity anew. „Dream Away“ is a German-Egyptian co-production by Cologne’s Monokel, Fig Leaf (EGY) and Fruitmarket (also Cologne), in association with the broadcaster WDR. The Filmstiftung supported the film with 80,000 Euros, other funding came from the IDFA Bertha Fund Europe, the Catapult Film Fund, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, the Doha Film Institute, the Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund, and the Berlinale Talents Doc Station Development Grant.
Venice International Film Festival
The Mostra internazionale d’arte cinematografica di Venezia is not only regarded as the oldest existing film festival, but is also one of three most important of its kind alongside Cannes and the Berlinale-