History of Love: The first ever Slovenian-Italian-Norwegian co-production
by Vladan Petkovic, Paraskevi Karageorgu
- Sonja Prosenc’s project has received €77,800 from the Norwegian Film Institute and €57,200 from the Zefyr Media Fund, and starts shooting at the end of June
UPDATE (5 April 2017): Sonja Prosenc's highly anticipated new project, History of Love, is now making history. Last week, the film received €77,800 in funding from the Norwegian Film Institute, and earlier €57,200 from the Zefyr Media Fund Stavanger in Norway, which makes it the first ever Slovenian-Italian-Norwegian co-production. With funding from MEDIA and the Slovenian Film Centre, and pending funding from the Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission, Prosenc will begin principal photography on 28 June 2017 on location in Slovenia and the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. The production companies on board are Monoo (Slovenia), Incitus (Norway) and Nefertiti Film (Italy).
Prosenc has cast the young Doroteja Nadrah (Class Enemy [+see also:
interview: Rok Biček
interview: Rok Bicek
interview: Rok Bicek
film profile]) in the main role, a girl who, after the death of her mother, submerges herself in a world completely different from the one she is used to in order to come to terms with her new reality. Also starring is famous Norwegian actor Kristoffer Joner, known for roles ranging from King of Devil’s Island [+see also:
film profile] to The Revenant. “First I started to work with 22-year-old Doroteja, one of the most promising and talented young Slovenian actresses, currently in the last year of the film academy in Ljubljana,” Prosenc told Cineuropa. “And in August 2016, we did some test shooting with both Doroteja and Kristoffer. The experience convinced us that we should work together on this film. They are both excellent actors and perfect for the roles."
Sonja Prosenc is one of the most prominent young directors in Slovenia, having already received international recognition for her first feature, The Tree [+see also:
film profile], Slovenia’s selection for the 2016 Oscars. The Tree had its world premiere at Karlovy Vary IFF in 2014 as part of the East of the West Competition, was the big winner at the Slovenian Film Festival and was awarded the Youth Jury Award at Film by the Sea that same year.
Thanks to the success of her first film, her latest project, History of Love, is already highly anticipated. Set up as a contemporary psychological drama, the film tells the story of a girl who, after the death of her mother, submerges herself in a world completely different from the one she is used to in order to come to terms with her new reality.
So far, History of Love has received a better than warm reception from film professionals – the film was the big winner at this year’s When East Meets West (WEMW) film forum in Trieste in January, where it was one of 20 projects from amongst more than 300 applicants: it received the EAVE Scholarship as well as the TRL Espresso Award, granting it automatic selection for Rome's New Cinema Network co-production market and also the Film London PFM this October. At WEMW, the film also received support from the RE-ACT Co-Development Funding Scheme, the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, the Slovenian Film Centre and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre. With Prosenc's new project, DoP Mitja Ličen also took part in this year’s Berlinale Talents.
Prosenc wrote the screenplay and will produce the film alongside Rok Sečen for Monoo. History of Love has received support from the Slovenian Film Centre, with filming scheduled for the summer of 2017.
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