HAVC e Filming in Croatia presentano Mare a EFM Landmark
- BERLINALE 2020: Il film selezionato in Panorama di Andrea Štaka ha beneficiato delle location di Dubrovnik, del programma di finanziamento della coproduzione minoritaria e del cash rebate
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Mare [+leggi anche:
intervista: Andrea Staka
scheda film], the latest film by Swiss director of Croatian heritage Andrea Štaka (Fräulein [+leggi anche:
scheda film], Cure – The Life of Another [+leggi anche:
intervista: Andrea Staka
scheda film]), had its world premiere last week in the Berlinale Panorama and was also showcased at EFM Landmark, during a presentation entitled “Mare: How Landscape Emphasises a Film’s Character”. The showcase was presented by Štaka, the film's Croatian co-producer, Tena Gojić, of Dinaridi, and head of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) Chris Marcich. The talk was moderated by Jess Conoplia, president of the Association of Film Commissioners International.
Štaka said that the starting point for the film was the location – the Konavle region southeast of Dubrovnik, where the city's airport is situated – and that she built the story based on it. The title character, played by Štaka regular Marija Škaričić, has never flown, although she lives right next to the airport with her husband and their three teenage kids.
"Almost all of the inhabitants of Konavle work at the airport or are connected to it in some way," said Štaka. "Located just 20 km from Dubrovnik, the place feels like another world. It is situated at the southernmost tip of Croatia, overlooking an endless horizon of the sea, naturally isolated yet connected by plane with the rest of the world. It greatly influenced the story and the characters in the film."
Gojić said that she managed to build trust and was accepted in the local community during production. "The fact that people in and around Dubrovnik know what a film set means and requires made our job much easier, and it was our goal to hire as many locals as possible in all departments. It's impressive how many people have on-camera experience because they’ve worked as extras on various projects filmed here," said Gojić.
Mare was supported by HAVC as a minority co-production and benefited from the cash rebate through the body's Filming in Croatia programme. "Andrea received significant funding in Switzerland thanks to the quality of the project, but we all feel it is also a Croatian film," said Marcich.
Conoplia noted that Croatia is recognised internationally for its locations and cash rebate, and asked Marcich about plans to build a film studio in the country, which would greatly enhance its potential. "Olsberg SPI is currently analysing the feasibility of building a film studio, and we expect to have the results of the study by the end of March. There are several potential locations around Zagreb and on the coast. The study will show which location is the best, and I expect that a call for tenders for the construction of a film studio will be issued by the end of the year," Marcich replied.
Watch Cineuropa's interview with Andrea Štaka here.
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