Through its Next Step programme, La Semaine de la Critique guides the short-film directors who were selected for the competition towards their first feature film. Next Step – a 5-day workshop held in France in December – was created in collaboration with the TorinoFilmLab. During the workshop, the filmmakers have the opportunity to discuss their projects with international experts and tutors so that they may be advised on their scripts, to understand the reality of the industry and define the right development strategy. Furthermore, a half-day session is dedicated to film music to encourage the participants to both better understand the work that goes into music composition for films and start thinking about the music for their feature film projects. In partnership with the Moulin d’Andé-Céci, Next Step is supported by the CNC, the SACEM and the SACD.
Bratislava Pop Up Film Residency: January 2020
Eden, a young PhD student in philosophy is introduced to nightlife by Paul, his professor. When the in-house DJ of a popular nightclub dies from an overdose, Eden takes over. Surrounded by music, drugs and sex, Eden observes but does not take part. However, he finds his place, and new politicized friendships in this alternative, queer environment. One night, he meets Nidhal, a Tunisian drag performer with whom he falls madly in love. Between Tunis, Barcelona and Paris, Eden lives his nights to the beat of Nidhal’s elusive aura.
In the words of the poet, ”Love is to be reinvented”. That is the path followed by Camille’s films and the youth she portrays, a celebration of anything that goes beyond normality. Both a political statement and an alternative sentimental education, her project aims at breaking all sexual, social and ethnic boundaries.
Thanos Anastopoulos was born in Athens. He studied Philosophy at the University of Ioannina (Greece) and made his post graduate studies at the University of Paris I and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.
In 2010 he co-produced the debut feature film “Homeland” by Syllas Tzoumerkas that made its premiere at the “Settimana della Critica” section of the Venice Film Festival. One year later he co-produced the debut feature film “Amnesty” by Bujar Alimani who premiered at the Berlin Film Festival (Forum) and won the CICAE Award.
In 2013 Thanos Anastopoulos directed his third feature film “The Daughter”. The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival (Forum), won Best Directing, Best Screenplay and Best Photography at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards and made its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
In 2016 his latest film “L’ultima spiaggia” (co-directed with Davide Del Degan) made its world premiere in the official selection of Cannes Film Festival.
He currently prepares his new film to be shot in late summer 2020.