Hamburg-based producer Sebastian Weyland of Heimathafen Film & Medien reunites with Lithuanian filmmaker Tomas Vengris for The true story of earth and sky which is being showcased to potential partners during the European Gender Forum at the Black Nights International Film Festival in Tallinn this week.
The English project is in its early stages. Described as “a lyrical allegory set in the not-too-distant future”, The true story of earth and sky focuses on a low-level server technician for a power center who can’t help but think there’s more to life than the immutable routine dictated by a paramilitary government’s highly advanced AI system global strict.
Weyland and Vengris first worked together on the director’s feature debut Mother land which premiered at Tallinn’s Baltic Event co-production market in 2015 and later had its world premiere in Busan in 2019.
Weyland and his new partner Manfred Giesecke of Heimathafen Film are preparing a list of feature films and series with an international vocation. The company is the German minority co-producer of the film by Estonian filmmaker Liina Triskina-Vanhatalo Lioness which was presented last year at the Baltic Event by Allfilm’s producer Ivo Felt where it won Best Project.
The thriller about extreme parent-child relationships has also attracted Latvia’s Ego Media as its third production partner. The Hamburg fund MOIN supports the project.
“We are in the final stages of casting and the film will shoot in locations in Estonia and Lithuania next spring,” Weyland said.
Heimathafen also has two documentaries in post-production: that of Sven Halfar Heaven can waitportrait of the Hamburg choir of the same name, whose members are all over 70, and the Franco-Israeli filmmaker Sharon Ryba-Kahn love up to 120 about the life and love of three Holocaust survivors,
He is also a minority co-producer for Dutch company OAK Motion on its road movie feelgood When the fuckin’ spring is in the air from Japanese-Polish director Danyael Sugawara, who wrapped post-production last month and is now looking to have its world premiere at an international festival early next year.
The development slate includes two literary adaptations with German director Marc Brummund attached. They are Die Grosse Freiheit (working title) based on Rocko Schamoni’s best-selling novel set in early 1960s Hamburg and Michael Wallner’s World War II drama April in Paris.
There is also drama in English The following with a screenplay by Christian Kaps, one of this year’s Netflix Impact Lab participants, and the crime TV miniseries Das Ende der Gewalt written by Petra Lüschow and Hannes Held.