ABOUT THE STORY
In order to settle in a country, to make it your home, one has to share
their life with someone. Because that's where happiness lies, right?
Jean regularly watches the rows of windows where various lives are lived in front of him. Feeling encouraged after an endearing voice message from his mother, who of course misses him and who wishes him only happiness, our character Jean decides to go out into the empty streets of the night. His attempt to mingle fails as he doesn’t have the courage to enter a lively bar on his own. So he keeps strolling, just so to come across one of the famous trademarks of the Netherlands. The FEBO-Snack bar.
There, among all the fast food, Jean spots a girl, Sara, who is filling up the shelves from behind the counter. Nobody in the shop sees or notices her. But Jean does, instantly and he’s taken by her.
Maybe she’s his happiness? His home?
This feeling of loneliness and longing from a distance is in these strange COVID times a rather collective feeling and not any more reserved to a minority. It is a mirror for all of us and a reminder that the important work has to be invested into ourselves before we invest into others.
Director and writer
Coen van Berkel
ABOUT THE WRITER
Born and raised in Germany to Italian and Greek parents Leonardo was shaped to become an observer within the various cultural contexts he grew up in. He found a channel to express those perspectives that he was harbouring, which was cinema.
Leonardo's films are visually raw, sensory and yet poetic while anchored in realistic contexts. With his concepts that revolve around human identity he aims to find that secret ingredient that transcends a truth that can be hardly described.
His short film "Traffic" went to multiple festivals worldwide and allowed him to to enter the industry in Amsterdam, Netherlands where he currently resides. "In 2016 Leonardo won the pitch competition for his Italian feature project "Dogs and Lizards" at the T-Mobile New Horizon Film Festival in Wroclaw. Previously in 2015 the same project was printed and distributed in the Daazo magazine during the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. The feature film "The convert" is a project currently supported by East End Film GmbH. Production is set for May 2024 in Germany.
ABOUT SARA LUNA
ABOUT MICHAEL MULLER
Michael Muller graduated from Toneelschool Arnhem in 2018. He starred in the films 170 Hz, GILLES and Wentelteefje, among others. 170 Hz was awarded a Golden Calf Audience Award for 'Best Film'. In 2022 he can be seen in the new Netflix series Dirty Lines. In the theater he appeared with Toneelgroep Oostpool in Romeo and Juliet by Marcus Azzini and in Normale Orne Mensen by Olivier Diepenhorst, with whom he previously collaborated on the performance Decadence.
Sara Luna began performing at a young age at a youth theater school in Amsterdam. She landed her first major role at the age of 17 in the award-winning arthouse film "Take Me Somewhere Nice" directed by Ena Sendiarevic. Afterwards Sara Luna continued to act in several short films and series. In 2021 she began her study at the Amsterdam University of Arts, where she studies drama and contemporary music theatre.
Liliana became known for her role in the TV series 'Het Huis Anubis' where she played Mara Sabri. She had guest appearances in 'Voetbalvrouwen', 'Spoorloos verdwenen', 'Jeuk' and 'Bluf'. Further she played in 'Boy 7', 'Hartenstraat','Waterboys', 'Mannenharten', 'Mega Mindy vs Rox' and Bonbini Holland.
Jord Knotter appeared in series such as Moordvrouw, Flikken Maastricht, Fashion Planet en A'dam - E.V.A, Celblok and in Goede tijden, slechte tijden. Most recently he played an eccentric yoga teacher in the shortfilm "Downward facing dogs"
Marjoke is a multifaceted artist. She works as an art painter, creative director for the theatre group "Kamer 8" and is a fashion designer of her own label PLIJNAER. As an actress Marjoke is seen in series like Moorvrouw, Volgens Jacqueline and movies like "Window to the world" and "The Maid". Marjoke also works as a drama therapist with people with Parkinsons at her studio in Nijmegen.
THIS SHORT FILM IS A PRODUCTION BY SODA AMSTERDAM.
We are very fortunate to have raised over 8,000 EUR for our short film project from the AFK, the Amsterdam Art Funds . The AFK was especially impressed by our artistic vision to compare the Amsterdam windows with the Dutch snack walls and find it an appealing and unique point of departure for a narrative short film. Furthermore they were fond of the theme of loneliness around our protagonist Jean, a foreigner in Amsterdam. The central subject of loneliness and social isolation is currently also an important thematic focus of the AFK. The screenplay convinced the AFK due to the visual strength and dramatic quality.
In order to make this film in the way it should be made and be able to pay a salary to our talented film crew and actors, we need to raise another 15,000 EUR.