Project curated by: Fabrique Cinéma - Institut Français
Original title: Alis
Directed by: Clare Weiskopf, Nicolas Van Hemelryck
Produced by: Clare Weiskopf, Nicolas Van Hemelryck (Casatarantula, Colombia)
Country of production: Colombia, Chile, Denmark, Romania
Runtime: 75', 52'
Expected release: January 2022
Production stage: Early Production
Budget in place: 57%
1st feature: Yes
Looking for: Funding, Pre-buys, Sales Agents, Distributors, Platforms, Broadcasters, Festivals
How do you build a “new life” when you’re born without opportunities? Through a creative act, eight teenage girls who lived on the streets of Bogota give life to a fictional classmate. As reality prevails and fiction fades, the innocent game becomes a descent into hell where their luminous faces guide us to the depths of the dark world they once inhabited, only to emerge with new skin.
A filmmaker and journalist, Clare has spent more than 15 years working on various social issues ranging from the armed conflict in Colombia and sexual violence as a weapon of war to the spread of cumbia music in Latin America and Europe. Her debut Amazona premiered at IDFA, was DocsBarcelona’s opening film, was distributed in 11 countries, was nominated for the Fenix Awards and the Goya Awards and won 3 Colombian Academy Awards. She was twice a winner of the Colombian National Journalism Award. She was selected for IDFAcademy, Dok.Incubator, GoodPitch and Campus Latino, and her projects have been supported by Ibermedia, Sundance, Catapult, IDFA Bertha Fund, Tribeca and the Colombian Film Fund. She has directed several documentaries and doc series for TV channels. She is a founding member of Casatarantula and DOC:CO Distribution and Promotion Agency.
Co-director’s profile :
Filmmaker, architect and photographer. Cofounder of Casatarantula and DOC:CO Distribution and Promotion Agency. His debut AMAZONA (producer, codirector, DOP and sound) premiered at IDFA, opened DocsBarcelona, was nominated for the Goya Awards, won 3 Colombian Academy Awards and was distributed in 11 countries. As a producer his films have competed at IDFA, Cinema du Reel, Dok Leipzig, Sheffield, DocNYC and won awards at Torino IFF, Bogoshorts and DocuDays-UA. He has coproduced with France, Scotland, Chile, Romania, Denmark, Brazil and US, and his work has been supported by Ibermedia, Sundance, Catapult, IDFA Bertha Fund, Tribeca, Colombian Film Fund and Señal Colombia TV. He has been selected for La Fabrique, Dok Incubator, EAVE, IDFAcademy, GoodPitch, Tribeca Network, Campus Latino and IFP. Nicolas is a member of the Colombian Film Academy, Global Impact Producers and Cinema 23.