Written & Directed by
Paula van der Oest
Director of Photography
Guido van Gennep NSC
The Netherlands Film Fund
James Krishna Floyd
March 2020. After a brief encounter on the airport, two people – both living in a forced quarantine – start a Facetime relationship during the Covid-19 lockdown. How viable is a relationship that could just as well have been a fantasy?
Covid spreads through Europe. Life comes through a halt, people stay home from work, filmmaking has stopped. One activity still can be done, from behind a desk: writing. Paula van der Oest started to write a love story for two wonderful actors she knows well: Hannah Hoekstra (Amsterdam) and James Krishna Floyd (London). Every two weeks, the three read and discuss a new part of the script. And after three months, the script was finished.
With funding from the Dutch Filmfund, a special section called ‘Lockdown Cinema’, the script was shot in the summer. Paula approached the Film academy and found ten enthusiastic and talented students who like to participate in the project, together with DP Guido van Gennep, production designer Harry Ammerlaan and editor Michiel Boesveldt.
Completely corona-proof the film is shot simultaneously with two mini-crews on two locations, the actors never meeting each other, except for at the very last end….
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