Becoming Ema

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Becoming Ema

Original title: Becoming Ema

Directed by: Patricia Drati

Produced by: Sidsel Lønvig Siersted (Good Company Pictures, Denmark), Marcel Pazman (Frame Film, Slovakia)

Country of production: Denmark, Slovakia

Runtime: 80'

Expected release: September, 2023

Production stage: Production

Budget: €394.819

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Co-producers, sales agents/distributors, festivals


Set in Slovakia, and the countryside of Mallorca, the film examines motherhood as an identity, a calling, a journey. In pursuit of a dream, Ema and her husband, spend their savings on a plot of land on Mallorca. While expecting their second daughter, they embark on an exhaustive journey to build a settlement. Ema believes she has chosen the best life for her family, close to nature, full of connection.

Director’s profile:

Patricia Drati is a director, creative producer and film development consultant, working with both documentary and fiction. Between 2009-2015, Patricia was Head of CPH:LAB at CPH:DOX International Documentary Film Festival. She curated, developed and managed the cross-cultural training and production lab for international filmmaking talents. Patricia completed Torino Film Lab as a story editor in 2016, where she has since then been a member of the selection committee. Patricia also works as a consultant for Doha Film Institute, Qatar and International Film Festival Rotterdam. Becoming Ema is her debut film as a director.

Producers’s profile:

Sidsel Lønvig Siersted has worked on widely distributed and internationally awarded titles such as Nielsson’s Democrats (2014, PBS), Polak’s Something Better to Come (2014, HBO Europe), Greenfield’s The Kingmaker (2019, Showtime) and Kossakovsky’s Oscar short-listed Aquarela (2019, Sony Classics). She is the producer of Jepsen’s Natural Disorder, selected for IDFA’s feature length competition 2015 and nominated for a Danish Film Academy Award and Danish Critics Award. She was a consulting producer on Costa’s Oscar nominated The Edge of Democracy (2019, Netflix) and development producer of Mulvad’s Love Child, which premiered at TIFF 2019. Most recently she co-produced the award winning, IDFA Bertha Fund supported My Darling Supermarket by Brazilian director Yankelevich.