Studio Nieuwe Gronden, nowadays known as SNG Film, was founded in 1979 out of the legendary film collective Amsterdams Stadjournaal (ASJ). SNG Film still seeks to produce distinctive documentaries and feature films (and everything in between). What is important is the involvement of the filmmaker. SNG Film likes to work with young talent, but does not limit itself to that. Moreover, it is not only about the urgency in which somebody wants to tell something, but primarily the form chosen to do so. International co-productions can be a means to initiating exceptional, artistic films.
Director & Screenwriter: Janis Rafa. Cast: Penelope Tsilika, Dimitris Lalos. Country: NL. Co-producer: Heretic (GR). Status: premiere at IFFR 2020, selected for Tiger Competition. Release: September 2020. Sort: feature-length fiction. Duration: 92 min. Genre: experimental road movie, art film. Distribution NL: Gusto Entertainment. Sales: Heretic Outreach.
At the margins of a city somewhere in the south of Europe, a young couple start their day with their job routine: collecting deceased pets from homes and taking them to a pet crematorium. Outside of their job’s constraints, they also collect and cremate roadkill found during their drives. In this desolate environment, the couples’ stoic perseverance creates a space through which their love grows until the moment they have a car accident and cause a roadkill themselves...
Director & Screenwriter: Ben van Lieshout. Country: NL. Co-producer: Van Lieshout Filmproducties. Status: completed. Release: 2021. Sort: feature-length documentary. Duration: 91 min. Distribution/Sales: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The idealistic intentions with which the Kola peninsula in northwestern Russia has been explored since the beginning of the Russian revolution have left deep traces in the landscape and in the minds of people. The film tells about the glory days of the old, optimistic generation and their shattered ideals. In the decay, the film finds beauty and perspective, and signs of resilience of ordinary people.