In attempts to share his life with someone, Jean meets Olivia working at the FEBO-snackbar in a poetic, romantic and comedic story about finding happiness.
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, Olivia, 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. Since February 2020 the project is being funded by the MFG Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
ABOUT SARA LUNA
ABOUT MINNE KOOLE
Minne Koole completed his studies in 2017 at the Kleinkunst Academie in Amsterdam. Koole played in the theatre plays 'Ivanov', METAMAN and De dood van Ricky Martin. In 2018 he appeared in the feature film 'Niemand in de Stad' by Michiel van Erp.
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.
Juda Goslinga played next to Yorick van Wageningen in the opening film of the IFFR, The Resurrection of a Bastard. In the psychological drama Cornea, Juda played a strong leading role, for which he won the title of Best Actor at the Montelupo Film Festival in 2014. He also featured in the feature films Instinct, Publieke Werken (Public Works), Quo Vadis Aida.
No introduction is needed for the iconic French actress who is generously supporting our project. Beatrice has worked with cinema giants such as Michael Haneke, Claire Denis, Jim Jarmusch, Gaspar Noe and Jean-Jacques Beiniex. To mention a few.
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"
Amélie Onzon is a French-British actress. She trained in Meisner Technique with Steven Ditmyer (who trained with Stanford Meisner himself). She has performed in several award-winning films, as well as plays and TV shows, including You’re Beautiful (with Gouden Kalf winner Gijs Naber), Dutch tv series Verborgen Verhalen, and the feature Red Heart, Blank Face, among others.
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.