COTTBUS: Cyprus arrives at Connecting Cottbus for the first time, pitching the black comedy/drama thriller Menopause from director/producer Tonia Mishiali.
The film, about a woman on the verge of menopause trapped in a loveless marriage who finds a fantasy world of vindictive violence blurring into reality, has already lined up 233,000 EUR in support for its budget of 340,000 EUR. The film is produced by A.B. Seahorse Film Productions, one of the leading production companies in Cyprus. The Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture has provided production funding and Greece’s Authorwave is providing in-kind postproduction services. The producing duo of Mishiali and Stelana Kliris were at Connecting Cottbus seeking European coproducers to fund the final 83,000 EUR for production, sales agents and distibutors.
Mishiali co-wrote the script with Anna Fotiadou. The main character is a housewife living in a patriarchal society whose best friend is enjoying life after the sudden death of her husband. She begins to fantasize of ways to get rid of her husband, while also looking for romantic tenderness outside her marriage, but is unable to go through with plans to leave her husband.
Menopause, which will be Mishiali’s feature debut, will be produced in 2016 on a four-week shooting schedule. The creative team is targeting the film for an adult female audience. The project attracted the interest from some young production companies across CEE and Western Europe.