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Original title: XiXi
Directed by: Fan Wu
Produced by: Fan Wu (Svemirko Audio Visual Art Productions,Taiwan); Venice Atienza (Svemirko Film Productions, The Philippines); Alex Tondowski (Tondowski Films, GbR)
Country of production: Taiwan, Germany, The Philippines
Expected release: January, 2023
Production stage: Production
Budget: €283813 (39.32% in place)
1st feature: Yes
Looking for: Gap financing, Buyers, Broadcasters, Pre-sale, Strategic guidance
In my last summer in Europe after studies, I befriended XiXi, a Chinese improvisation artist. For a time, we were free from the ideologies we grew up in. Through years of video diary exchanges, our friendship that was a window to freedom, evolved into a room where what was silenced found its voice, forcing us to face the vulnerability that comes with the autonomy we never realized we’ve always possessed.
Fan Wu is an independent filmmaker from Taiwan. In her works, she has a personal care for human agency and freedom of choices in the reality that she and her contemporaries live in.
She is an alumna of IDFAcademy and DOC NOMADS Joint Master Degree in Documentary Filmmaking. She is producing Venice Atienza’s LAST DAYS AT SEA (71st Berlinale). She is now directing her first feature entitled “XiXi” which is participating in CIRCLE – Women Doc Accelerator 2020. She is a member of DAE (Documentary Association of Europe) and Taipei Documentary Filmmakers’ Union.
Venice Atienza (1989) is a Filipino documentarist whose curiosity is observing how life transformations are carried out through everyday mundane actions. To create a space for author driven documentaries, she co-founded Svemirko Film and Audiovisual Art Productions. Her first film, Last Days at Sea premiered at 71st Berlinale. She is currently producing Fan WU’s documentary entitled “XiXi” (Taiwan).
Alexandre Tondowski began his career in the 1980s as a stage actor in Paris, London and New York. In 2011 he and his wife, IraTondowski, founded Tondowski Films with the goal of supporting visionary directors in their projects. They produced together the award wining documentaries SONG FROM THE FOREST (2013) and BORN IN EVIN (2019) among others. He is a father of three children. Today he works as a producer in Havelland and in Berlin.