Film Producer 

Heart of Hunger // producer
directed by Bernardo Zanotta

The hunger of the heart, the celebration of the body, both exposed and at the same time hidden, like baroque paintings: guilty, ashamed, or even alienated from our voyeur gaze. A secret which divides the actors and their stage-world from the public who has come to witness it; an episodic narration around the unspeakable; two friends travelling in the same boat and playing lustful and sadistic games. The characters in Heart of Hunger may act, feel and experiment, but cannot testify to the relations that determine them. They lose each other, they find each other; the heart is a lonely hunter.

Heart of Hunger is made with the support of FilmFonds

2018 / 29 min / Language: English, German, French / Colour 
 

In His Bold Gaze // line producer
directed by Bernardo Zanotta
 

In His Bold Gaze draws on a tragedy taken from real life. The film uses cinematic cliches to delve into the tale of Armin Meiwes - computer engineer from Rotenburg, Germany - who in 2001 found a victim willing to be devoured at the early-internet forum Cannibal Café.

At a visual level, In His Bold Gaze explores the aesthetics of home video and early-digital apparatus through the use of consumer-grade, readily available video cameras. Armin Meiwes’ himself was an amateur documentarist, and his mother’s old house in Rotenburg was the stage where he would capture fragments of his life on tape. These videotapes belong to the German authorities, and the only proof of their existence is a series of screenshots leaked on the internet after his arrest.

Zanotta frames Meiwes' story under the perspective of the Hitchcockian male hero to whom the maternal superego blocks access to a 'normal' sexual relation. Just like Norman Bates, Armin Meiwes lived alone in a countryside manor with his over-controlling mother, who preached to him that sexual intercourse was sinful and that all women were whores.

In His Bold Gaze is produced by NearbyFilm and made with the support of AFK

In production / 20 min / Language: English, German, French / Colour ​

FEAST // assistant producer
directed by Tim Leyendekker 

In FEAST, perpetrators, victims and lookers-on are embroiled in a dramatic reconstruction of the infamous 2007 HIV case in the Dutch city of Groningen. In seven chapters the film recounts this story of power and submission, the inversion of truth, and the need to belong somewhere.

FEAST is produced by SeriousFilm and made possible with the support of FilmFonds, CBK Rotterdam, Netherlands Media Fund.

In production / Language: Dutch / Colour 

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