EXCLUSIVE: Poster for Why Not You, set to visit Cannes’ Online Marché du Film
- The first work by Austria’s Evi Romen, described by the director as "modern Alpine Neorealism”, will feature in True Colours’ line-up at the virtual market
We’re delighted to present the film poster, exclusively revealed to Cineuropa, accompanying Evi Romen’s Why Not You, a title which True Colours will be touting alongside other movies at the Cannes Film Festival’s Marché du Film (22-26 June). Currently in post-production, the film is produced by Bady Minck and Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu alongside Austrian firm Amour Fou, in co-production with Gregory Zalcman for Belgian group Take Five. Distribution in Austrian cinemas will be handled by Polyfilmverleih, with national broadcasting company ORF helming the small screen arrangements.
Born in Bolzano, Italy, in 1967, Romen lives and works in Vienna where she attended the city’s Film Academy, graduating in cinematography and editing before going on to assemble numerous feature films, documentaries, children’s films and TV films and series. Having previously won herself an Austrian Film Award for her editorial work on Michael Sturminger’s Casanova Variations [+see also:
film profile], Why Not You is the first feature film written and directed by Evi Romen. Its central character is Mario, a young dancer who has returned home to his small Austrian village to come to terms with the loss of his beloved best friend Lenz, who was the victim of a terrorist attack in a gay club.
"A modern Alpine Neorealism is unveiled through the image of a young rebel”, explains the director, “who fights fiercely and never surrenders, even after being involved in a dramatic terrorist attack. My heart beats for all those "bad boys" who always make the wrong decisions and never behave as they should. My heart beats for Mario, who’s one of them and who, perhaps, in another life would have been a great dancer.”
The winner of 2017’s prestigious Carl Mayer Screenplay Award, the project form of Why Not You took part in Ekran+ in 2018, an international training programme for directors and film professionals organised by Warsaw’s prestigious Wajda School.
Appearing in the cast of the movie are Thomas Prenn and Noah Saavedra (the star of Dieter Berner’s Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden [+see also:
film profile], which scooped Best Direction at the Austrian Film Award, who also appeared in Sam Mendes’ Spectre [+see also:
film profile]) in the roles of Mario and Lenz, respectively, flanked by Josef Mohamed and Kida Khodr Ramadan. Cinematography comes courtesy of Martin Gschlacht and Jerzy Palacz, while editing is in the hands of Karina Ressler, set design is that of Katharina Wöppermann, costumes are designed by Cinzia Cioffi and the film’s music is the work of Florian Horwath.
AFC – Austrian Films will present Why Not You and three further titles on the Marché du Film’s b2b platform as part of the speed-meetings intitled "Four From Austria" organised by the Film Commission and unfolding over the course of Tuesday 23 June.
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