ROAD 190

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ROAD 190

Original title: ROAD 190

Directed by: Emilie Cornu, Charlotte Nastasi

Produced by: Joëlle Bertossa (Close Up Films, Switzerland) and Anton Iffland Stettner (Stenola Productions, Belgium)

Country of production: Switzerland, Belgium

Runtime: 85'

Expected release: April, 2025

Production stage: Shooting

Budget: €480 000 (90% in place)

1st feature: Yes

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From his cell in Livingston prison, Texas, Mabry, a death row inmate, imagines the final journey that will one day take him to the place of his execution. Sixty kilometers along which live and work those whose daily lives are tinged by the omnipresence of the prison system.

Director’s profile:

Emilie Cornu (1994) lives in Geneva, Switzerland. She holds degrees in law and criminology and currently works as a psychocriminologist in several Geneva prisons. ROAD 190 is her first feature film co-directed with Charlotte Nastasi.

Co-Director’s profile:

Charlotte Nastasi (1994) was born in Switzerland. In 2013 she moved to Brussels to study at Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD) where she earned a master’s degree in documentary filmmaking. Since 2022 she has been working at the CBA- Centre de l’audiovisuel à Bruxelles, in charge of the distribution and promotion of French-speaking Belgian documentaries. ROAD 190 is her first feature film co-directed with Emilie Cornu.

Producer’s profile:

Over the past years, Close Up has produced several important documentary and fiction films. These include ‘Advocate’, by Rachel Leah Jones: EMMY for best documentary 2021; ‘The Swallows ok Kaboul’ by Zabou Breitman: Un certain Regard Cannes 19; ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ directed by Raoul Peck: best documentary Cesar 2018 and nominated for the 2017 Oscars. More recently Carmen Jaquier’s ‘Thunder`, TIFF 2023 and Swiss representative for the Oscars 2024, `The plough` by Philippe Garrel `Silver Bear at Berlinale 2023, and Karim Sayad’s ‘2G’ IDFA 2024.