Eurimages supports As If I’m Not There
by Naman Ramachandran
The Board of Management of the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund has agreed to support the co-production of 14 feature films for a total amount of €4.87m (see news). Amongst them is Irish writer/director Juanita Wilson’s As If I’m Not There, which has received €220,000.
Based on the harrowing eponymous novel by Croatian author Slavenka Drakulić, the film will recount the story of a woman, Samira, a survivor of the horrific ‘women’s room’ in a prisoner camp in Bosnia, where she, along with hundreds of others is raped over and over again. This results in the birth of an unwanted child that she must learn to live with.
Nathalie Lichtenthaeler (Vasha) of Wide Eye Films (Ireland), Lena Rehnberg (Let the Right One In [+see also:
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Wilson is best known in her previous avatar as a producer, behind the Irish films H3 and Inside I’m Dancing [+see also:
film profile]. She made her directorial debut with the short The Door, which won Best Short Film in 2009 at the IFTAs, Foyle, Cork and Bilbao.
Since its establishment in 1988, Eurimages has supported 1,266 European co-productions for a total amount of approximately €375m.