Belgium’s Fien Troch, who was voted best director with “Home” in the Horizons section of the Venice Film Festival at the 201 Home, returned to Lido last week to unveil his fifth feature “Holly” in the Venice gap-financing market.
The project, with a budget of € 2.5 million, is produced by Antonino Lombardo’s Belgian clothing Prime Time. Among the co-producers is The Darden Brothers Company, Les Films du Fluv.
“[The Dardenne Brothers] Feyn has been following the work for a long time, so it’s great to finally be able to work with them, ”said Eluma Heine, who produces alongside Lombardo.
The film tells the story of a 15-year-old girl who inadvertently becomes a rescuer after a school fire. An injured community is looking to him for comfort, but soon the distinction between support and abuse is unclear.
“It’s about the power of a community, which connects people, how they interact with each other – it’s about exploring human nature,” Hinn said.
Another central figure in the picture is the girl’s teacher. “She has this big dream of being a world savior and doing good, and she sees something special in Holi, the perfect tool for achieving the ideal of being a Mother Teresa personality. Is there inspiration? ”Adds Troch, who wrote all of his screenplays.
Shooting will begin next year in the Brussels suburbs and casting is underway. Like “Home,” Troch plans to film a mix of professionals and non-professionals.
“It’s a completely different way of making a film,” Hinn said. “What we are looking for is truth; Working with non-professional actors is very interesting. ”
Authenticity is a central issue for Troch’s work. Fully scripted, “Home” had a certain dock-style feel.
“‘Home’ meant we thought we accidentally got a camera and just got into a story and just filmed – of course it wasn’t: everything was very ready. But that’s what the audience had to feel,” Troch explained.
“What I did with ‘Home’ was to work with extreme, very small crews so that we had the freedom to roam. ‘Holly’ will be more movies. But at the same time, I’m always searching for how I can find a much more free way to film. With every film, I always try to find the right language, which is best for the film and strengthens the story, ”he added.
Troch will reunite with DOP Frank van den Aden, her husband Nico Leonen, who edited all her films, and reunite with American musician Johnny Jewel of the Chromatics, who also provided the soundtrack for “Home.”
“Music is very important in my film. ‘Home’ was a very interesting experience for me, because, suddenly, the music became more present than in my previous films, almost like any other character. I’ll most likely have the same approach for ‘Holy’, ”Troch said.
The film is a Belgian-Dutch-French co-production with Agat Films of France, TopCopy of the Netherlands and Les Films du Flভve of Belgium. Other supporters include the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Casa Kafka, Sinart, the Netherlands Film Fund, and the Center du Cinema et de l’Audiovisual de la Federation Walney Brussels.