Quadraturin is a darkly comical short film set in 1920s Soviet Union. It is an adaptation of a short story by Soviet author Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky written in 1926, but not published until 1989 due to its 'dangerous' content - and first translated into English in 2006. We hope our film will help bring Krzhizhanovsky's wonderful works to the knowledge of a wider audience in the English-speaking world and beyond.
We have completed our film shoot and are now raising funds for the post-production (film processing, editing, sound design, music & completion) of the film. The below teaser starring Hollywood actor Jeff Fahey (Miami Vice, Lost, Lawnmower Man) & rising West End star Edward Franklin as Sutulin gives a flavour of the style, mood and ambition of the film.
Sutulin lives in a tiny, cramped room in a communal Soviet apartment. A mysterious stranger knocks on his door and offers him a promotional sample of Quadraturin, a miracle product that promises to enlarge interior spaces. Sutulin takes up the offer, with surprising consequences...
Our short film is a screen adaptation of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky's eponymous short story from 1926. Born in 1887, Krzhizhanovsky was a Ukrainian of Polish descent, who moved to Moscow in the 1920s, where he worked as a writer. However, his fantastical imagination was deemed too daring for the times, and he spent most of his life unknown and unpublished. It wasn't until 1989 (more than 30 years after his death) that his works were unearthed from the archives - and 2006 when he was first translated into English. Since the English-language publication of Quadraturin and other short stories by Krzhizhanovsky, his writing has been likened to Kafka and Borges; it's dark, twisted & philosophical, with a pitchblack sense of humour.
Interview with the Director
Screen Anarchy recently sat down with the award-winning director Laura Hypponen to discuss the project - you can read the full interview here.
We are fortunate to have a wonderful ensemble cast of internationally experienced screen talent onboard the project:
Director - Laura Hypponen
Laura's gritty East London set debut feature Live East Die Young (2012) was nominated Best UK Feature at Raindance and Golden Hitchcock at Dinard. It was sold internationally by Paris-based Reel Suspects and distributed globally by iTunes. Her subsequent ten-part art film series Ten Faces of Anna (2014) premiered as installation at Arts Council England supported by Stanley Picker Gallery in Kingston, London, with episode Dolly winning Best Actor at ASVOFF Paris Centre Pompidou. It screened at international film festivals including the BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica in York. Laura's teaser for Charlie, a new British crime drama TV series, recently won Best Trailer award at Los Angeles Film Awards.
Producer - Kasia Skibinska
Kasia is an independent producer & owner of Cassiopeia Pictures. Her first short film, Storage, directed by David Lea was funded by Westminster Arts Council and produced in association with Passion Pictures. It premiered at Venice International Film Festival 2009. Kasia’s 60 min. documentary Wojtek - the Bear that Went to War, a UK/Ger/PL co-production enjoyed a world-wide audience of 5 million. Kasia is currently developing four international co-productions.
Producer - Patrick Hart
An American ex-pat living in London, Patrick is an entrepreneur, country western singer, DJ and film executive. With a background in corporate strategy for leading global companies his experience includes running large, global operations for accenture, Capgemini, IBM and Philips. He brings these skills, as well as those in finance and negotiation, to his work in entertainment and film. He also hosts a streaming online radio show on NTS.
Director of Photography - Luca Rocchini
Music Composer - Roger Goula
Journey So Far
Filming Completed: Thanks to £10,000 private equity investment from London and Los Angeles, we have been able to complete seven days of location & studio filming in London, shooting on black & white Super16mm celluloid stock with a professional crew & a first-class ensemble of actors.
Industry Backing: We have been lucky to have the support of Kodak for film stock, and Take2 & Cinelease for camera & lighting equipment for the production. For post-production, we will be working with Onsight, and the film laboratory Cinelab.
Distribution Plans: We have a letter of interest from Pirkanmaa Film Centre, a specialist theatrical distributor in Finland to show the film in cinemas in Finland. We will be submitting the film to international A-list film festivals in 2017 and following the festival circuit, proposing the film to broadcasters and commercial online platforms such as iTunes.
The Road Ahead
We are seeking to raise £4000 to cover the post-production costs of the film:
- Film negative processing and digitisation
- Picture editing
- Sound design & mix
- Music composing & recording
- 2K scan & colour correction
- Mastering and DVD copies
Our picture edit is scheduled to commence in December 2016, followed by sound design & music composing in January & delivery of the final film in February 2017. We will then commence festival submissions, with expected festival premiere in Autumn 2017.
Brand New Rewards (added 3 December!)
If you are looking for a unique and memorable experience, this may be it! The classical pianist Eeva Reetta Laiho will give a private concert at your home or another venue of your choice in either London or Helsinki. The date and the exact repertoire of the recital can be agreed with you, but will consist of Russian composers such as Mussorgsky and Rachmaninov, with some early 20th Century composers such as Debussy thrown in. The award winning Eeva Reetta studied classical piano, cembalo and chamber music in her native Finland and Basel, Switzerland, and actively performs internationally including in Helsinki, Basel, London & Berlin. Most recently, she packed a full house for her chamber music recital at the Burgh House in Hampstead, London.
In addition to DVDs, post cards and posters, we have one-off props and costumes from the film available for supporters of the project.
Quadraturin Musical Experience
London legends Nigel Burch and The Fleapit Orchestra (featured in Quadraturin) bring their hits The Bottom Of The Pile, The Worst Is Yet To Come, Wee-Wee Into Wine and It’s All Falling To Bits into your own home or party venue of choice. The above music video (directed by Laura Hypponen) helps illustrate the gravitas of this experience. This reward is only available to London based supporters.
All the above rewards, plus DVDs Post Cards & Posters, can be pledged for by clicking on the relevant option on the right hand side column. DVDs will only be available after the film's festival premiere & primary circuit in 2017 - other rewards available in time for Xmas 2016.
Risks and challenges
We have already completed the riskiest phase of any film's production cycle, the principal photography. As we head into post-production our main risks are technical (getting film stock processed at a state-of-the-art laboratory should mitigate against this) and creative (we have a very experienced post-production team onboard to ensure we make the most out of the footage we've shot).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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