Magazine article Screen International

UK's 011 Productions to Co-Produce Bettinga's Feature Debut

Magazine article Screen International

UK's 011 Productions to Co-Produce Bettinga's Feature Debut

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UK producer Zorana Piggott's 011 Productions is to co-produce the feature debut of German filmmaker Eicke Bettinga who is competing in Cannes' Short Films Competition this year with Gasp which has its world premiere on May 26.

Speaking exclusively to Screen Daily, Bettinga explained that the planned feature, currently going by the title of Untitled Stasi Project, is one of his pet projects.

"The story is set in the late 1980s and centres on an English left-wing student who wants to escape from life under Thatcher and then has the opportunity to study as an exchange student in the GDR," he explains. "She becomes increasingly entangled up in the radical changes occuring in the country and so acquires a much clearer insight into how the GDR really functioned."

"What particularly interested me was the perspective of an outsider as I myself studied in England at the NFTS," Bettinga added. "In the film we see an important episode in German history as seen through the eyes of an outsider, something which has rarely been shown in cinema."

"It's a story that I have been burning to do for some years because it mirrors my own situation in a way between Germany and England," he said. …

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