THE GREEN PARROT

THE GREEN PARROT

THE
GREEN
PARROT

THE GREEN PARROT

IN DEVELOPMENT

A film by Elsa Kremser & Levin Peter
Fiction / appr. 100min / AT/DE

A film by Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter
Documentary | 90min | AT, DE | 2019

A young woman, looking for death, finds a man who opens dead bodies in the morgue and brings them to life on his oil paintings. Caught between their own fears and mutual attraction, they wander through the warm Minsk nights. It is a story of an impossible love in the last summer in Belarus.

„The Green Parrot plays in Belarus and recounts the story of 34-year-old Misha. During the day he works as an autopsy assistant, at night he paints corpses in oils. Misha gets to know Masha, whose failed suicide attempt made it possible for them to meet in the first place. For both of them, loneliness has led to an obsession with death – yet out of this situation, authors Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter unleash the most beautiful forms of feeling alive: creativity and love. This fiction film treatment has realistic protagonists, who are supposed to play themselves. Interweaving documentary principles and staged components, this experimental hybrid exploration promises to produce an extraordinary film in both form and content. This is all the more so because the authors never seem to judge or interpret – neither the people, nor the world in which they are trying to define themselves. Instead they observe and let spaces emerge that are driven by compelling images and characters, and not by authorial narrative intentions. When a radical trust in one’s material is stronger than all fears of rejection, then it becomes possible for unforgettable films with a heartbeat to evolve. The Green Parrot has this potential.

Berlinale Kompagnon Jury Statement

CREDITS

Production
PANAMA FILM / MA.JA.DE / RAUMZEITFILM


Written & Directed by
ELSA KREMSER, LEVIN PETER

Produced by
LIXI FRANK, DAVID BOHUN, HEINO DECKERT, ELSA KREMSER, LEVIN PETER

Dramaturgic consultants
TIZZA COVI & RAINER FRIMMEL

Assistant Director
KRISTINA KOZLOVA

Script Advisor
SEBASTIAN MÜLLER


AWARDS & PARTNERS

BERLINALE KOMPAGNON DEVELOPMENT AWARD

DEVELOPMENT FUNDED BY
Austrian Film Institute
Kärntner Filmförderung

DEVELOPED IN THE FRAMEWORK OF
Torino Feature Lab 2021
ProPro Producers Programme

Gefördert von
Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Kärntner Filmförderung, Filmstiftung NRW – Gerd Ruge Stipendium, Thüringer Filmförderung, Kompositionsförderung Dok.Fest München
 
In Zusammenarbeit mit
ORF Film-/Fernsehabkommen, RBB Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
 
Unterstützt durch
ARRI International Support Program, Österreichisches Kulturforum Moskau, Deutsche Botschaft Moskau