Thursday, 22 September 2011
NEWS FROM GROLSCH
Harmony Korine, Jan Kwiecinski and Alexei Fedorchenko shoot new film
London September 22, 2011 – GROLSCH FILM WORKS today announces a trilogy of international directors brought together to shoot a unique, experimental feature film.
Each director will film a 30-minute short in their home nation - Harmony Korine in the US, Alexsei Fedorchenko in Russia and Jan Kwiecinski in Poland.
This is the first film to come from Grolsch Film Works, which launched in April 2011 as a studio to champion film talent worldwide and help bring creative, independent cinema to a wider audience. Grolsch Film Works is funded by the Dutch beer Grolsch and this feature film is created in collaboration with VICE Films.
Each film-maker will follow the same brief designed by project director Eddy Moretti, executive director of VICE, best known for his film Heavy Metal in Baghdad. Moretti will oversee the continuity of the three-part film.
Moretti said: “Grolsch is serious and sincere about supporting film art. They want to add something to the global film community, something far beyond sponsorship which is why we wanted to get involved.
“The mandate of the project is to create cinematic experiences with filmmakers that have truly unique approaches to character and story-telling. I created a weird and wonderful brief that tasks each director to create riveting characters that inhabit supra-normal worlds.
“At the heart of the brief is the notion of the ‘Fourth Dimension’. Each director was asked to explore what a ‘Fourth Dimension’ might be. What is it? Where is it? What does it look and sound like?
“What we got back from the filmmakers was in turns intense, hilarious, poignant and completely without precedent.”
Korine, whose credits include Kids, Gummo and Mister Lonely, is the first to shoot with Val Kilmer taking the lead role of a motivational speaker at the fictional ‘Lotus Community Centre’, set in Nashville.
Fedorchenko, who’s Silent Souls showed at the Toronto and Venice Film Festivals last year – scooping three jury prizes at the Lido - will start shooting in Eekaterinburg after he completes judging on the 2011 Venice Film Festival jury.
Kwiecinski is best known for his short-film Incident which won awards in festivals across Poland (e.g. New Horizons International Film Festival, Polish Film Festival) and attracted international attention when it screened around the world. Kwiecinski will shoot in Parysow, near Warsaw. This will be the first time he has directed on a full feature project.
Thomas Kamphuis, who heads up the Grolsch Film Works programme, said: “Grolsch Film Works supports all directors who are bold, standby their creative beliefs and bring to cinema audiences the opportunity to choose interesting films to sit back and enjoy.
“We want to work with film makers who create the sort of work that transports viewers somewhere new and original.
“The director’s involved in this project have had full creative licence to realise their vision of the brief. It’s an equal bold move from us to handover the controlling reigns of this project to their unique interpretations.
“We’re delighted to be working with three brilliant directors on our first feature film and are looking forward to showing the results of the debut project from Grolsch Film Works to the world.”
The currently untitled film is scheduled for release in the early part of 2012 and will be screened in each of the director’s countries and other territories globally.
Director Harmony Korine added: "I'm really excited to make a film with Grolsch Film Works. It's a great chance to experiment and make something amazing.
“The idea of these three films working together under one central idea is great. I think it's gonna turn out really nice. I'm very excited about it.”
His leading-man Val Kilmer, who will next be seen in Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt, added: “I've never been more nervous during a comedy, and I've truly never been treated with more respect and pure love.”
Russian director Alexsei Fedorchenko, commented: “It has been a long time since I wanted to make a short-length film but the concept of the project seemed appealing because of how risque and cheeky, in a good way, it was.
“That was why I was excited to join this project. I wish luck to all film-directors on this project, its producers and the bold Grolsch company!”
Directing the Polish chapter of the film, Jan Kwiecinski, added: “Grolsch Film Works' first film brings together three directors from three totally different parts of the world and will give us access to the private lives of people and places we have never seen before.
“For me as a director there is nothing more exciting than that.”
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