Secret of Places, The: Wim Wenders’ Documentary

Wim Wenders Film on Architecture, Omar Sharif Documentary Among Projects at Venice Gap-Financing Market

Wim Wenders, Omar Sharif Docs Among
Courtesy of Fedra

A cerebral film about the importance of architecture by three-time Oscar nominee Wim Wenders, and an investigative documentary about the troubled life and times of Egyptian heart-throb Omar Sharif are among 30 feature film projects to be pitched as part of the 8th edition of the Venice Gap-Financing Market, which runs September 3-5 at the Venice Film Festival.

The projects, which all have at least 70% of their funding in place, include the works of other leading filmmakers, such as Fien Troch, Martin Rejtman, Jean-Gabriel Periot, Marjana Karanović, Aditya Vikram Sengupta and Simone Jaquemet.

Wenders’ documentary The Secret of Places investigates the role played by architecture in our everyday lives. It takes viewers on a tour of architect Peter Zumthor’s best-known buildings, and accompanies him during the construction of two recent creations: the new Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the extension of the Fondation Beyeler in Basel.



Lazy loaded image
Courtesy of Road Movies

In a statement, Wenders observes: “Architecture affects us all more than we generally assume. It reaches deep into our subconscious and shapes the individuals we are. It is at the very core of us. That is exactly what I want to tap into with my film: architecture as a basic human experience, as something that is part of our lives by necessity.”

The producers are Karsten Brünig and Léa Germain at Road Movies. Co-production companies are DCM Film Distribution and Oslo Pictures. The partners attached include Atelier Zumthor and HanWay Films.

Wenders’ documentaries include “Buena Vista Social Club,” “Pina” and “The Salt of the Earth,” all three Oscar nominated. His fiction films include Palme d’Or winner “Paris, Texas,” Cannes best director winner “Wings of Desire,” and Berlin Silver Bear winner “Million Dollar Hotel.”

Axel Petersén and Mark Lotfy’s documentary “The Life and Times of Omar Sharif” tracks the Egyptian actor’s descent from national treasure to traitor in the land of his birth. Petersén’s debut feature “Avalon” won the Fipresci International Critics’ Award in Toronto in 2011. His latest feature, “The Real Estate,” had its world premiere in competition in Berlin in 2018.

In a joint statement, the directors said that, before embarking on the project, they had “two completely different conceptions” of Sharif. Petersén, from Sweden, knew him as a “glamorous superstar”; Egyptian Lotfy knew him as “an Egyptian Judas, a persona-non-grata.” This contradiction was “the initial spark of the film.” They continue: “We started digging into his past. Mark dug from the East. Axel dug from the West. After two years of research we’ve come to realize that the Omar Sharif we both knew was just a persona. An adjustable and larger-than-life persona that was utilized by different agendas and political narratives, in life and in fiction, by the man himself and by the political forces that surrounded him.”

They say that through their research and the writing process the film has become a “thriller-like investigation on why the persona Omar Sharif was created, why it became the perfect vessel of ideology and why it was the most spellbinding reflection of the changes in the Eastern-Western conflict during the last century.”

Troch, who won the best director award in Venice’s Horizons section in 2016 for “Home,” returns to Venice with “Holly.” The film centers on a 15-year-old girl, who claims to have had a premonition of a devastating school fire. The traumatized community looks for consolation to the girl with special gifts, who has the ability to bring people peace of mind, warmth and hope. Then the first cracks start to appear in her mental health.

Troch’s first feature, “Someone Else’s Happiness,” had its world premiere at Toronto in 2005, and went on to win numerous awards. Her second feature, “Unspoken,” played in Toronto and San Sebastian in 2008. Her third feature, “Kid,” premiered at Rotterdam in 2012. Her fourth, “Home,” was selected for Venice, and won the Horizons Award for best director in 2016.

Rejtman, one of the key figures in Argentine cinema, will be pitching documentary “El Repartidor está en camino riders.” The film follows fast-food delivery riders, mostly Venezuelan immigrants, during the COVID-19 crisis in Buenos Aires. Rejtman’s directing credits include “Rapado,” “The Magic Gloves” and “Two Shots Fired,” which were all in competition at Locarno.

Sengupta, who has “Once Upon a Time in Calcutta” playing in the Horizons section of Venice this year, is pitching “Birthmark.” The film centers on Saba, a young Muslim single mother, who works as a maid, and Shalini, who finds herself suffocated in a patriarchal Hindu household. As their suffering and a longing to be free help the two women develop a deep bond, the family hatches a plan that proves to be catastrophic.

Sengupta’s first film, “Labor of Love,” premiered at Venice in 2014. His other feature was the art-house favorite “Jonaki,” which premiered at Rotterdam in 2018.

Périot’s two-part documentary “Facing Darkness” focuses on the siege of Sarajevo in Bosnia, which ran from April 1992 to February 1996. The first part will be a montage composed of films made during the war, mainly by local filmmakers. The second will consist of interviews conducted today with the youngest of these filmmakers. Then aged between 18 and 25, some of them voluntarily joined the army, others were mobilized, and still others preferred to be integrated into civil defense.

Périot’s first documentary feature, “A German Youth,” opened Panorama at Berlinale in 2015. “Natsu no hikari,” his first fiction feature film, premiered at San Sebastian in 2016. “Our Defeats” premiered in the Forum at Berlinale in 2019, and “Returning to Reims [Fragment]” was selected for Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes this year.

Jaquemet comes to Venice with “Electric Child,” which follows computer-scientist Sonny. When his son’s life is threatened by a rare disease, Sonny enters a pact with the complex AI life-form he is developing, with devastating effect.

Jaquemet’s first feature, “War” (Chrieg), premiered in 2014 in San Sebastian’s New Directors competition, followed by major festivals like Locarno, Karlovy Vary and Berlinale. His second feature, “The Innocent” (Der Unschuldige), premiered in the Platform section of Toronto in 2018, followed by San Sebastian’s Official Selection, touring at more than 40 festivals and winning several awards.

Karanović’s “Mother Mara” centers on Mara, a successful businesswoman and single mother. When her 18-year-old son, Nemanja, dies from a heart attack, she shuts herself off from her family and friends, burying the trauma deep inside of her. When she meets 25-year-old gigolo Milan, she embarks on a physical relationship with him as a way of escaping reality. Slowly a friendship forms between the two.

As an actress, Karanović was best known for her starring role in Emir Kusturica’s “When Father Was Away on Business,” and Jasmila Žbanić’s “Grbavica,” winner of the Golden Bear at Berlin. As a director, Karanović made her debut with “A Good Wife,” which played at Sundance in 2016 and screened at more than 40 festivals.

Among the decision-makers listening to the pitches will be producers, private and public financiers, distributors, sales agents, TV commissioners, and executives from banks, internet companies, video platforms, institutions and post-production companies.

As well as the 30 feature films in the Venice Gap-Financing Market, there are 13 VR immersive story projects, 11 VR projects developed by the Biennale College Cinema VR, and the three fiction projects developed by the Biennale College Cinema.

Venice Gap-Financing Market runs as part of Venice Production Bridge, the festival’s industry program.

VPB head Pascal Diot says: “I am relieved that we are able to provide more on-site activities and to welcome more professionals than last year, but the health safety of everyone is our main goal, and we thank all participants in advance for their understanding in regards with the COVID protocols we have to put in place.”


“¡Caigan Las Rosas Blancas!” (Argentina, Brazil, France) Dir: Albertina Carri. Prod. co: Gentil Cine
“A Rooster on the Fire Escape” (France, Haiti) Dir: Guetty Felin. Prod. co: Aldabra Films
“Året Jag Började Onanera” (The Year I Started Masturbating) (Sweden) Dir: Erika Wasserman. Prod. co: Gimme A Break
“Ashkal” (Tunisia, France, The Netherlands) Dir: Youssef Chebbi. Prod. co: Supernova Films
“Birthmark” (India, Luxembourg, Denmark, France, Norway) Dir: Aditya Vikram Sengupta. Prod. co: For Films
“Bufis” (Kenya, Germany) Dir: Mahad Ahmed and Vincenzo Cavallo, Cultural Video Production. Prod. co: Unafilm
“Electric Child” (Switzerland, Germany) Dir: Simon Jaquemet. Prod. co: 8horses
“Floating” (The Netherlands, Belgium) Dir: Quirine Racké, Helena Muskens. Prod. co: Family Affair Films
“Halissa” (Israel) Dir: Sophie Artus. Prod. co: July August Productions
“Holly” (Belgium, The Netherlands, France) Dir: Fien Troch. Prod. co: Prime Time
“Kipkemboi” (Canada, Kenya) Dir: Hubert Davis. Prod. co: New Real Films
“La Piel Pulpo” (Ecuador, Mexico, Greece, Germany) Dir: Ana Cristina Barragán. Prod. co: Caleidoscopio Cine
“Los Colonos” (Chile, France, Denmark, Argentina) Dir: Felipe Gálvez. Prod. co: Quijote Films
“Majka Mara” (Mother Mara) (Serbia, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina) Dir: Mirjana Karanovic. Prod. co: This and That Productions
“Non Morirò Di Fame” (Italy, Poland) Dir: Umberto Spinazzola. Prod. co: La Sarraz Pictures
“Pamfir” (Ukraine, France, Poland, Chile) Dir: Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk. Prod. co: Bosonfilm
“Plan 75” (Japan, France, The Philippines) Dir: Chie Hayakawa. Prod. co: Loaded Films
“Retour En Alexandrie” (Switzerland) Dir: Tamer Ruggli. Prod. co: Tipi’mages Productions
“Sem Coração” (Brazil, France, Germany) Dir: Nara Normande and Tião. Prod. co: Les Valseurs
“The Silent Treatment” (Belgium, The Netherlands, Hungary) Dir: Caroline Strubbe. Prod. co: Minds Meet

“Affronter L’obscurité” (France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Germany) Dir: Jean-Gabriel Periot. Prod. co: Alter Ego Production
“Au Cimetière De La Pellicule” (France, Senegal, Guinea) Dir: Thierno Souleymane Diallo. Prod. co: L’Image d’Après
“El Repartidor Está En Camino” (Argentina, Portugal), Dir: Martín Rejtman. Prod. co: Un Puma
“Kabul Melody” (Afghanistan, France) Dir: Sarah Mani. Prod. co: AfghanistanDocHouse
“Shenren Zhi Jia” (A Holy Family) (Taiwan, France) Dir: Elvis A-Liang Lu. Prod. co: Volos Films
“The Life and Times of Omar Sharif” (working title) (Sweden, Egypt, U.K.) Dir: Axel Petersén and Mark Lotfy. Prod. co: Fedra
“The Secret of Places” (Germany, Switzerland, Norway) Dir: Wim Wenders. Prod. co: Road Movies

“Allah N’est Pas Obligé” (France, Luxembourg, Belgium) Dir: Zaven Najjar. Prod. co: Special Touch Studios
“Butiken” (The Store) (Italy, Sweden, Norway) Dir: Hanna Sköld. Prod. co: Indyca
“Los Angeles” (Chile) Dir: Joaquin Cociña and Cristóbal León. Prod. co: Globo Rojo Films

xosotin chelseathông tin chuyển nhượngcâu lạc bộ bóng đá arsenalbóng đá atalantabundesligacầu thủ haalandUEFAevertonxosokeonhacaiketquabongdalichthidau7m.newskqbdtysokeobongdabongdalufutebol ao vivofutemaxmulticanaisonbethttps://bsport.fithttps://onbet88.ooohttps://i9bet.bizhttps://hi88.ooohttps://okvip.athttps://f8bet.athttps://fb88.cashhttps://vn88.cashhttps://shbet.atbóng đá world cupbóng đá inter milantin juventusbenzemala ligaclb leicester cityMUman citymessi lionelsalahnapolineymarpsgronaldoserie atottenhamvalenciaAS ROMALeverkusenac milanmbappenapolinewcastleaston villaliverpoolfa cupreal madridpremier leagueAjaxbao bong da247EPLbarcelonabournemouthaff cupasean footballbên lề sân cỏbáo bóng đá mớibóng đá cúp thế giớitin bóng đá ViệtUEFAbáo bóng đá việt namHuyền thoại bóng đágiải ngoại hạng anhSeagametap chi bong da the gioitin bong da lutrận đấu hôm nayviệt nam bóng đátin nong bong daBóng đá nữthể thao 7m24h bóng đábóng đá hôm naythe thao ngoai hang anhtin nhanh bóng đáphòng thay đồ bóng đábóng đá phủikèo nhà cái onbetbóng đá lu 2thông tin phòng thay đồthe thao vuaapp đánh lô đềdudoanxosoxổ số giải đặc biệthôm nay xổ sốkèo đẹp hôm nayketquaxosokq xskqxsmnsoi cầu ba miềnsoi cau thong kesxkt hôm naythế giới xổ sốxổ số 24hxo.soxoso3mienxo so ba mienxoso dac bietxosodientoanxổ số dự đoánvé số chiều xổxoso ket quaxosokienthietxoso kq hôm nayxoso ktxổ số megaxổ số mới nhất hôm nayxoso truc tiepxoso ViệtSX3MIENxs dự đoánxs mien bac hom nayxs miên namxsmientrungxsmn thu 7con số may mắn hôm nayKQXS 3 miền Bắc Trung Nam Nhanhdự đoán xổ số 3 miềndò vé sốdu doan xo so hom nayket qua xo xoket qua xo so.vntrúng thưởng xo sokq xoso trực tiếpket qua xskqxs 247số miền nams0x0 mienbacxosobamien hôm naysố đẹp hôm naysố đẹp trực tuyếnnuôi số đẹpxo so hom quaxoso ketquaxstruc tiep hom nayxổ số kiến thiết trực tiếpxổ số kq hôm nayso xo kq trực tuyenkết quả xổ số miền bắc trực tiếpxo so miền namxổ số miền nam trực tiếptrực tiếp xổ số hôm nayket wa xsKQ XOSOxoso onlinexo so truc tiep hom nayxsttso mien bac trong ngàyKQXS3Msố so mien bacdu doan xo so onlinedu doan cau loxổ số kenokqxs vnKQXOSOKQXS hôm naytrực tiếp kết quả xổ số ba miềncap lo dep nhat hom naysoi cầu chuẩn hôm nayso ket qua xo soXem kết quả xổ số nhanh nhấtSX3MIENXSMB chủ nhậtKQXSMNkết quả mở giải trực tuyếnGiờ vàng chốt số OnlineĐánh Đề Con Gìdò số miền namdò vé số hôm nayso mo so debach thủ lô đẹp nhất hôm naycầu đề hôm naykết quả xổ số kiến thiết toàn quốccau dep 88xsmb rong bach kimket qua xs 2023dự đoán xổ số hàng ngàyBạch thủ đề miền BắcSoi Cầu MB thần tàisoi cau vip 247soi cầu tốtsoi cầu miễn phísoi cau mb vipxsmb hom nayxs vietlottxsmn hôm naycầu lô đẹpthống kê lô kép xổ số miền Bắcquay thử xsmnxổ số thần tàiQuay thử XSMTxổ số chiều nayxo so mien nam hom nayweb đánh lô đề trực tuyến uy tínKQXS hôm nayxsmb ngày hôm nayXSMT chủ nhậtxổ số Power 6/55KQXS A trúng roycao thủ chốt sốbảng xổ số đặc biệtsoi cầu 247 vipsoi cầu wap 666Soi cầu miễn phí 888 VIPSoi Cau Chuan MBđộc thủ desố miền bắcthần tài cho sốKết quả xổ số thần tàiXem trực tiếp xổ sốXIN SỐ THẦN TÀI THỔ ĐỊACầu lô số đẹplô đẹp vip 24hsoi cầu miễn phí 888xổ số kiến thiết chiều nayXSMN thứ 7 hàng tuầnKết quả Xổ số Hồ Chí Minhnhà cái xổ số Việt NamXổ Số Đại PhátXổ số mới nhất Hôm Nayso xo mb hom nayxxmb88quay thu mbXo so Minh ChinhXS Minh Ngọc trực tiếp hôm nayXSMN 88XSTDxs than taixổ số UY TIN NHẤTxs vietlott 88SOI CẦU SIÊU CHUẨNSoiCauVietlô đẹp hôm nay vipket qua so xo hom naykqxsmb 30 ngàydự đoán xổ số 3 miềnSoi cầu 3 càng chuẩn xácbạch thủ lônuoi lo chuanbắt lô chuẩn theo ngàykq xo-solô 3 càngnuôi lô đề siêu vipcầu Lô Xiên XSMBđề về bao nhiêuSoi cầu x3xổ số kiến thiết ngày hôm nayquay thử xsmttruc tiep kết quả sxmntrực tiếp miền bắckết quả xổ số chấm vnbảng xs đặc biệt năm 2023soi cau xsmbxổ số hà nội hôm naysxmtxsmt hôm nayxs truc tiep mbketqua xo so onlinekqxs onlinexo số hôm nayXS3MTin xs hôm nayxsmn thu2XSMN hom nayxổ số miền bắc trực tiếp hôm naySO XOxsmbsxmn hôm nay188betlink188 xo sosoi cầu vip 88lô tô việtsoi lô việtXS247xs ba miềnchốt lô đẹp nhất hôm naychốt số xsmbCHƠI LÔ TÔsoi cau mn hom naychốt lô chuẩndu doan sxmtdự đoán xổ số onlinerồng bạch kim chốt 3 càng miễn phí hôm naythống kê lô gan miền bắcdàn đề lôCầu Kèo Đặc Biệtchốt cầu may mắnkết quả xổ số miền bắc hômSoi cầu vàng 777thẻ bài onlinedu doan mn 888soi cầu miền nam vipsoi cầu mt vipdàn de hôm nay7 cao thủ chốt sốsoi cau mien phi 7777 cao thủ chốt số nức tiếng3 càng miền bắcrồng bạch kim 777dàn de bất bạion newsddxsmn188betw88w88789bettf88sin88suvipsunwintf88five8812betsv88vn88Top 10 nhà cái uy tínsky88iwinlucky88nhacaisin88oxbetm88vn88w88789betiwinf8betrio66rio66lucky88oxbetvn88188bet789betMay-88five88one88sin88bk88xbetoxbetMU88188BETSV88RIO66ONBET88188betM88M88SV88Jun-68Jun-88one88iwinv9betw388OXBETw388w388onbetonbetonbetonbet88onbet88onbet88onbet88onbetonbetonbetonbetqh88mu88Nhà cái uy tínpog79vp777vp777vipbetvipbetuk88uk88typhu88typhu88tk88tk88sm66sm66me88me888live8live8livesm66me88win798livesm66me88win79pog79pog79vp777vp777uk88uk88tk88tk88luck8luck8kingbet86kingbet86k188k188hr99hr99123b8xbetvnvipbetsv66zbettaisunwin-vntyphu88vn138vwinvwinvi68ee881xbetrio66zbetvn138i9betvipfi88clubcf68onbet88ee88typhu88onbetonbetkhuyenmai12bet-moblie12betmoblietaimienphi247vi68clupcf68clupvipbeti9betqh88onb123onbefsoi cầunổ hũbắn cáđá gàđá gàgame bàicasinosoi cầuxóc đĩagame bàigiải mã giấc mơbầu cuaslot gamecasinonổ hủdàn đềBắn cácasinodàn đềnổ hũtài xỉuslot gamecasinobắn cáđá gàgame bàithể thaogame bàisoi cầukqsssoi cầucờ tướngbắn cágame bàixóc đĩa开云体育开云体育开云体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育亚新体育亚新体育亚新体育爱游戏爱游戏爱游戏华体会华体会华体会IM体育IM体育沙巴体育沙巴体育PM体育PM体育AG尊龙AG尊龙AG尊龙AG百家乐AG百家乐AG百家乐AG真人AG真人<AG真人<皇冠体育皇冠体育PG电子PG电子万博体育万博体育KOK体育KOK体育欧宝体育江南体育江南体育江南体育半岛体育半岛体育半岛体育凯发娱乐凯发娱乐杏彩体育杏彩体育杏彩体育FB体育PM真人PM真人<米乐娱乐米乐娱乐天博体育天博体育开元棋牌开元棋牌j9九游会j9九游会开云体育AG百家乐AG百家乐AG真人AG真人爱游戏华体会华体会im体育kok体育开云体育开云体育开云体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育欧宝体育ob体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育开云体育开云体育棋牌棋牌沙巴体育买球平台新葡京娱乐开云体育mu88qh88
Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter