Micha Wald returns to his roots
by Aurore Engelen
Exactly one year ago, Micha Wald’s debut feature Horse Thieves [+see also:
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The film centres on Simon, the main character in the director’s short Alice et moi, a young father and bachelor who sets out in search of his origins. Simon Konianski also marks a return to the tried and tested road-movie format: whereas Simon "sensibly" went to the seaside in the aforementioned short, this time he embarks (along with the cast and crew) on an epic journey which leads him as far as Ukraine, as he tries to find his recently deceased father.
Finally, the film explores the same themes developed in Alice et moi: Judaism, generational conflicts, revenge, and, most importantly, father/son relations.
Jonathan Zaccaï replaces Vincent Lecuyer in the role of Simon, but the rest of the winning team remains the same. As with Wald’s previous films, Simon Konianski is lensed by Jean-Paul De Zaeytijd and edited by Susana Rossberg. André Fonsny is production designer.
Simon Konianski is co-produced by “newcomer” Haut et Court, who are releasing in France the latest two Cannes contenders on Versus’ slate (Eldorado [+see also:
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Wald’s film has an estimated budget of €3m and has received backing from the Film and Audiovisual Centre of the French Community of Belgium, Wallimage, SODEC, Telefilm Canada, Tax Shelter and Eurimages. The Belgian leg of the shoot will finish in early September, before filming relocates to Poland and Ukraine, and wraps up on October 20.
(Translated from French)