POTEMKINOFOCUS 2021 / Belgique
Potemkino is a Belgian production company with an international reputation for its expertise in combining high quality fiction, innovative formats and international financing. From its collaboration with legendary filmmakers such as Peter Greenaway (Eisenstein in Guanajuato), Terence Davies (A Quiet Passion starring Cynthia Nixon) and Bille August (55 Steps starring Helena Bonham Carter and Hilary Swank), to producing the Scandic-Crime series Cold Courage (for Nent & Lionsgate), the prestigious sci-fi movie Iron Sky 2, the renowned horror feature Cub and the Emmy-nominated participative TV Series The Spiral (a European 6 country co-production, simultaneously broadcast), Potemkino has become one of Europe’s cutting edge production companies. Its output includes highly diverse projects – where high quality and ambition is the common denominator – frequently collaborating with new, local talent and launching them internationally. This international profile is combined with a strong focus on innovation and keeping up with new trends.
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Inspired by a true life event, when the director was living in a monastery and Russell Brand came to visit. In Hippie we see a movie star move to a remote spiritual community while being followed by a documentary film crew. Causing chaos he destroys the life of those who live there through his obsessions’ with sex, drugs, murder and being famous. There is no escape for anyone, including the indigneous community who claim it as their ancestral land and want to stop it being sold off to a multinational, which they suspect Brand works for.
Directed by Grace Ndiritu / 90’ / State of development: Script and Development Production: Potemkino (Belgium) / Lemming Films (Netherlands) / Budget: 500 000 € / Financing in place: 15 000 €
Marit & The Maximarket
Marit (16) believes she’ll be able to fit in when she becomes the Most Valuable Employee in the Maximarket, where the Maximeter appoints jobs based on personality traits. But when the Maximeter categorises Marit as an “Error”, she only has one week to find out where she truly belongs
Directed by Charlie Dewulf / 90’ / State of development: Second draft available, development funding in place from VAF and Creatiave Media / Production: Potemkino (Belgium) / Budget: 3 100 000 € / Financing in place: 1 000 000 €
In the post terrorist attack, infamous Molenbeek, two brothers are each unexpectedly presented an opportunity, a dream that will forever change the course of their life: a wild card to participate in a tournament in Vegas.
Directed by Ish Ait Hamou & Monir Ait Hamou / 90’ / State of development: Shooting script available, development funding in place from VAF and Creative Media / Budget: 2 700 000 € / Financing in place: 900 000 €