"Jarmusch, Jodorowsky, Kaurismaki...let's continue with the good traditions"
by Davide Manuli
"Let's become the first feature
in Cannes or Berlin 2014, fully financed by Indiegogo."
SCREENPLAY: 15 pages
1. The suicide of the Wise - from DE PROVIDENTIA of SENECA
At the end of DE PROVIDENTIA, Seneca takes a position opposite to Christianity regarding the delicate question of suicide.
"When misfortune becomes unbearable, the Wise can search for death legitimately:
God willed that there was only one way to be born (from the womb), but has left us many ways to take our life.
Suicide is the last test of the Wise: a liberatory event, but still a sacrifice"
Seneca - DE PROVIDENTIA
1. NOTE ON THE DIRECTOR: DAVIDE MANULI
Davide Manuli is an independent filmmaker, born in Milan, with foreign training (assistant Al Pacino in New York, Abel Ferrara's assistant in Rome, collaboration with Milos Forman and Mike Newell). Authentic autarchic figure in the Italian panorama, Manuli differs to have written and produced films absolutely original and unique with his own production company, the Shooting Hope Productions srl.
"Unheard-Inuit" filmed at the North Pole, in competition at the Turin Film Festival in 2006.
The first cult film of David, "Girotondo, round-the-world" shot in 1998 just had its world premiere in collaboration with “Venice Days” in Venice in 2012, as a special event in the Director's Cut.
"Beket" winner in 2008 of the Independent Critics Award in Locarno, and winner of the Festival of Miami, has participated in more than 60 festivals in the world and winning seven awards. "BEKET" is distributed by the group Minerva.
"The Legend of Kaspar Hauser" in 2012, has been presented in world premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, starring hollywood cult star Vincent Gallo (he plays 2 leading roles in the movie), model icon Elisa Sednaoui, theatre icon Silvia Calderoni, Fabrizio Gifuni and Claudia Gerini. With the music of French electronic music superstar Vitalic for the soundtrack. "The Legend of Kaspar Hauser" is participating in more than 50 international festivals around the world and has theatrical distribution in Russia (Coolconnections), UK (Hackney Pictures), France (Les Films a un dollar) and Italy (Iris).
WHO IS DAVIDE MANULI? WHY FUNDING MANULI's UNIQUE WORK?
Manuli is a critically internationally acclaimed director, and his extreme art film work (especially last movie with Vincent Gallo) is reviewed to be close to the work of directors like Pasolini, Bergman, Cassavetes, Jodorovsky, Jarmusch, Antonioni, Gallo, ecc...his last film with Vincent Gallo has also been shown at ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) in London and at MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) in Warsaw.
ART-FILM 1: REVIEW KASPAR
Kaspar Hauser press Review for Cannes Market 2012:
WHY on INDIEGOGO? BECAUSE.
In 2012 it's IMPOSSIBLE to finance an ART-HOUSE movie like this one with the official channels, normal producers, public funds, tv's, ecc...
THE NIGHTMARE on FUNDING ART FILMS:
This movie is just for art-house platforms, that are no more financed nowadays.
WE WANT TO BECOME THE FIRST FEATURE IN CANNES OR BERLIN 2014, FULLY FINANCED BY INDIEGOGO!!!
BY "FULLY" WE MEAN THE WHOLE BUDJET, THE WHOLE FINANCIAL PLAN, WHICH IS 100.000 euros.
WE NEED TO RAISE 100.000 EUROS WITH INDIEGOGO, SO THAT WE CAN SHOOT 2 WEEKS IN 2013, WITHOUT SPENDING & WAITING AGES SEARCHING FOR PUBLIC FUNDS IN EUROPE.
WE WANT TO MAKE A PAINTING, A POEM, ART. AN ART-FILM.
ABEL FERRARA IS ALREADY UNDER CONTRACT FOR THE NEXT 2 YEARS, UNTIL THE 31/12/2014.
FOR THE ACTRESS WE WANT SERBIAN STAR ISIDORA SIMIJONOVIC THAT WON ROTTERDAM in 2012 with masterpiece "KLIP" from Maja Milos.
ISIDORA HAS ALREADY SIGNED A LETTER OF AGREEMENT.
WE WILL SHOOT THE MOVIE IN 2 WEEKS:
30.000 euros for the 2 actors
70.000 for all the rest
DAVIDE MANULI SHOT "BEKET" in COMPETITION IN LOCARNO (2008) IN 2 WEEKS, and "THE LEGEND OF KASPAR HAUSER" (2012) with VINCENT GALLO in 3 WEEKS...HE CAN DO IT AGAIN.
2. ARTISTIC NOTE
“POEMA-HAIKU” is the 4th feature of Davide Manuli
director, filmaker, screenwriter and independant italian producer.
"HAIKU POEM" stems from the desire to make a brushed film, like a painting, just as a Japanese Haiku. Haiku is a poem, a short poem that consists of only three verses. A poem of concentration. In this new work there is the desire to make the pictures speak more than words, because the images and situations can say much more than words.
Abel is on an helicopter, he stares at the sky view by the window.
The helicopter lands on a field on the mountains.
There is a very beautiful young girl waiting for him.
Abel and the girl leave, walking.
They walk a lot. Silently.
They spend days and nights walking.
They get to know each other. Silently.
One day Abel makes love to her.
She is, his 18 years old daughter.
They keep walking till they arrive at the top of a mountain. The most beautiful panoramic view.
Here Abel kill himself with a shotgun, in front of the girl.
The girl keeps walking alone. She comes back.
The girl arrives at the same beginning field on the mountain.
Here, an helicopter arrives.
We see the girl on the helicopter, she stares at the sky view by the window.
4.The importance of the region on a visual level: "THE NATURE IS THE STAR"
This Haiku (as for the two previous films BEKET, winner of the Critics' Award in Locarno in 2008 and for THE LEGEND OF KASPAR HAUSER with Vincent Gallo), must have as protagonist the natural landscape and the the beauty of the locations. The film will be shot exclusively in outdoor locations only with nature views. For the films will be chosen during scouting, the most beautiful locations in the northern region of Italy.
The film will be worked like a Japanese haiku, that is, relying on shooting only the short screenplay, it will become just before the shooting and after the visits, a full shooting script.
The film will be mute. With very little dialogue, so as to let talk the surrounding nature.
5. ABEL FERRARA: A GENIOUS OF OUR TIMES
(Winner of the Golden Career Leopard – Festival Internazionale Locarno 2011)
Not a secondary element, for this film there is also the desire to finally work with ABEL FERRARA, global superstar, who is very close to Manuli. Abel has accepted this leading acting role, only because he know very well Manuli's art.
Abel Ferrara as well as being one of the most important directors in the world, is also an amazing actor. Abel Ferrara is certainly one of the greatest artists on the planet today.
Abel Ferrara has signed a DEAL MEMO as a leading actor valid until 31/12/2014.
For the role of the girl will be chosen actress of international importance:
we are working to soon close with serbian star actress Isidora Siminjonovic.
8. TECHNICAL CAST
While the crew will consist of:
- By cinematographer Tarek Ben Abdallah: he has done DOP for the last two films of Manuli. Tarek in Italy has signed, among others, the picture of "GIRO DI LUNE" by Beppe Gaudino in competition at Venice, and "SHELTER" by Marco Simon Piccioni in the official selection in Berlin of Panorama.
Tarek currently teaches photography at the Zelig of Bolzano, in addition to working as a DOP.
Sound Francesco Liotard (soundman of Ermanno Olmi), with whom he already did his last film "The Legend of Kaspar Hauser."
The editor will be Rosella Mocci (editor of all Manuli films).
Format and lenght:
The film will be shot in color super 16mm, 80 minutes long after editing.
Estimated Shooting dates:
15-30 june 2013, or 1-15 september 2013 in the mountains of nothern Italy.
THE COMPANY: SHOOTING HOPE PRODUCTIONS srl
The Production company is small, but a very serious one: SHOOTING HOPE PRODUCTIONS of director Davide Manuli, who has already shot 3 features with it.
BEKET - competition in Locarno 2008
THE LEGEND OF KASPAR HAUSER - starring VINCENT GALLO (Rotterdam 2012)
AT LAST...READ THE SCREENPLAY !!! only 15 pages included pictures !!!
ENGLISH SCREENPLAY with PICTURES: only 15 pages!!! 80 minutes movie!!!
Shooting Hope Productions srl
Producer - Director - Screenwriter