Pelican Blood produced by Verena Gräfe-Höft and Mila Voinikova (Producers on the Move 2017) featuring Nina Hoss (German Shooting Star 2000) © Juna Film, Moritz Schultheiß

EFP (European Film Promotion) is delighted to announce that 16 alumni of our talent promotion programme EFP EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS and seven participants of the networking and promotion platform PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE will celebrate their films' premieres in Venice and for the first time, a director taking part in FUTURE FRAMES – Generation Next of European Cinema, our programme for emerging filmmakers – all supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

The German-Bulgarian drama Pelican Blood, featuring Nina Hoss (Germany 2000), will be opening the Orizzonti section which presents the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema. The producers Verena Gräfe-Höft (Germany) and Mila Voinikova (Bulgaria) met at PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE in 2017 and immediately joined forces to realise the second feature film by director Katrin Gebbe, which will celebrate its North American premiere in Toronto. Former French Shooting Star Ludovine Sagnier features prominently at this year's festival starring in two projects: the opening competition film The Truth by Hirokazu Kore-eda as well as The New Pope by Paolo Sorrentino, which is screening 'out of competition'. Please see the full list below.

Verena Gräfe-Höft, who also found the film's world sales company Films Boutique thanks to the EFP network, comments: "I first presented „Pelican Blood" to the public during „Producer on the Move" in Cannes 2017. It was there that I found our Bulgarian co-producer Mila Voinikova, who was a participant that same year. So thanks to the whole programme, since it plays a core role in bringing people together, supporting emerging talents, producers and projects throughout the European film industry."

EFP Alumni at the Venice International Film Festival 2019


The Truth (France/Japan) (opening film)
by Hirokazu Kore-eda
featuring Ludivine Sagnier (France 2001)

Ad Astra (US)
by James Gray
featuring Ruth Negga (Ireland 2006)

A herdade (Portugal/France)
by Tiago Guedes
featuring Victoria Guerra (Portugal 2017)

Gloria Mundi (France/Italy)
by Robert Guédiguian
featuring Anais Demoustier (France 2010)

Waiting for the Barbarians (Italy/US)
by Ciro Guerra
featuring David Dencik (Denmark 2007)

Martin Eden (Italy/France)
by Pietro Marcello
featuring Luca Marinelli (Italy 2013)

An Officer and a Spy (France/Italy)
by Roman Polanski
featuring Melvil Poupaud (France 1998)

The Laundromat (US)
by Steven Soderbergh
featuring Matthias Schoenaerts (Belgium 2003)

The Mayor of Rione Sanità (Italy)
by Mario Martone
produced by Nicola Giuliano (Italy 2005)

Out of Competition

Adults in the Room (France)
by Costa-Gavras
featuring Daan Schuurmans (The Netherlands 2003), Christos Loulis (Greece 2006)

The King (Australia, US)
by David Michôd
co-produced by Ildikó Kemény (United Kingdom 2001)

Zerozerozero (Episodes 1&2) (Italy)
by Stefano Sollima
featuring Andrea Riseborough (United Kingdom 2011)

The New Pope (Episodes 2&7) (Italy)
by Paolo Sorrentino
featuring Stefano Accorsi (Italy 2001), Cécile de France (France 2003), Ludivine Sagnier (France 2001)
executive produced by Mario Gianani (Italy 2007)

Electric Swan (France, Greece, Argentina)
by Konstantina Kotzamani (Future Frames, Greece 2015)



Pelican Blood (Germany, Bulgaria) (opening film)
by Katrin Gebbe
featuring Nina Hoss (Germany 2000)
produced by Verena Gräfe-Höft (Germany 2017), co-produced by Mila Voinikova (Bulgaria 2017)

Rialto (Ireland)
Peter Mackie Burns
written by Mark O'Halloran (European Shooting Star 2005)
produced by Tristan Goligher (United Kingdom 2014), Alan Maher (Ireland 2017)

Short Film Competition

Sh_t Happens (Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, France 2019)
by Michaela Mihályi, David Štumpf
produced by Peter Badač (Slovak Republic 2018)


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