About this project
Plot: The love story of two extraordinary people, both exhausted by the cruel and sifting tides of World War II, who find in each other the solace they need to heal from the "winds of war”.
Synopsis: This is the story of the Orsini-Clary family who has owned (for over 700 years) the Schloss Grafenburg Castle outside Vienna.
The family consists of Angelica (41), her husband Paul (45), their daughter Teresa (11), and Angelica’s mother, Francesca and father, Richard.
Together with her family lives Hannah (45), Francesca’s other daughter, Angelica’s sister, who has moved back to the family castle after having extracted herself from a long and arduous relationship with the “wrong man” which has left her wounded and vulnerable.
Hannah has come to the castle to heal from the wounds of a misguided love made worse by the fact that her “misguided lover” was in the SS and showed himself to be both ignorant and brutal: a dangerous combination for a woman like Hannah who hates National Socialism and finds refuge during the “war years” in her writing. Hannah is a creature with a deep interior life who had the misfortune of falling in love "without a parachute" with a man who had more charm than character.
As it happens, the Russians enter Vienna and occupy the castle. Having heard on the radio how ruthless and barbaric these soldiers are known to be: killing the elderly, raping women, sacking and destroying homes, the Orsini-Clarys prepare to flee the castle for their summer home in Alto Adige, Italy.
But it is too late! The Russian Red Army has already arrived at the castle and blocked the only bridge which could lead the Orsini-Clary family to safety.
While Hannah and Teresa have gone to fetch their beloved family cat, Hamlet, the remaining members of the family, Angelica, Paul, Francesca and Richard become the victims of a sadistic Red Army Commander and his Lieutenant. The men rape Angelica, and when the woman tries to fend them off, shooting the captain, the Lieutenant vents his anger by killing the entire family.
Hannah has witnessed the brutal massacre from one of the castle’s windows, and immediately sets out on the impossible task of saving herself and her niece, Teresa, while keeping the truth from the little girl, the truth that her entire family has been massacred!
As the Red Army occupies the castle’s ground floor, roaming everywhere like mad predators in search of prey, Hannah takes Teresa by the hand, leading her to safety. Being that all the doors to the castle are now blocked by the Russians, Hannah rushes the little girl up the stairs, — up, up all the way to the ancient attic
where they hide under the rafters, near the gutters of the roof, in a Secret Alcove that Hannah and her sister had built when still young children and kept all these years as a refuge from the world.
So begins the ordeal of Hannah and Teresa, alone and captive in the castle’s rooftops.
In the tradition of LA VITA E’ BELLA, Hannah tries to make Teresa’s captivity more bearable by taking the little girl into a fantasy world,
the world of the castle, its 700 years of being occupied by so many diverse and dangerous armies! Hannah paints for the child a reality that is both illusory and enticing!
What then begins is an enormously passionate love affair with one of the Russian soldiers, Nikolai, whom Hannah runs into by mistake as she rushes down to the castle pantry to retrieve some food. At first Hannah is terrified at the sight of this “ruthless and barbaric” soldier, but she soon realizes that Nikolai is just as lost and tired of “combat' as she is. The two find themselves making love, the conquering “barbarian” and the “fair maiden” now remarkably lovers, finding healing and “safety” in each other’s arms after all the “battles” they had fought and somehow survived. This love affair will lead to Hannah's own “unburdening liberation” from the enduring yoke of an abusive husband who had served an abusive regime.
It will also lead to Teresa’s safely “coming of age” (when she is finally faced with the death of her parents and grandparents)
along with a candid and quite remarkable camaraderie between the young girl, Hannah and the Russian “occupier”, Nikolai, who find they now have a common enemy: the lingering bigotry of Hitler’s Germany which is still writhing in the blood of its own demise.
About Joshua Sinclair
Joshua Sinclair is an eclectic personality. A medical doctor specializing in tropical diseases and a member of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) since 1988, he has worked in India with Mother Teresa (Calcutta) and the Seva Niketan (Mumbai), as well as in various parts of Africa, the Americas and the South Pacific. He is also a professor in comparative theology. Since his acquired professions are obviously "non-profit", he has made a living as a best-selling novelist and a film and television writer, actor, producer and director. Dr. Sinclair currently also teaches as a professor in Filmmaking, Comparative Theology and Biblical Anthropology.
His filmmaking career spans over 4 decades where he acted, wrote, directed or produced films such as The Garden of The Finzi Contini directed by Vittorio de Sica (when Sinclair was 17 years old); The Assassination of Trotsky directed by Joseph Losey; Lili Marleen directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Il Messiah, Cosimo de Medici and Cartesio directed by Roberto Rossellini; The Biko Inquest directed by Albert Finney; Shaka Zulu and Shaka Zulu, The Citadel written and directed by Sinclair and co-directed by William Faure; Keoma, Inglorious Bastards, The Great White, The Bronx Warriors all co-written by Sinclair and directed by Enzo Castellari (Inglorious Bastards [with the spelling “Basterds”] was recently remade by Tarantino); Judgment in Berlin produced and co-written by Sinclair, directed by Leo Penn with Sean Penn and Martin Sheen; Jump written, directed and produced by Sinclair with Patrick Swayze [Patrick’s last film]; and many other films and television series. His production of Just A Gigolo, starring David Bowie and Sydne Rome was Marlene Dietrich's last movie.
Sinclair has written and participated in many novels, books, and articles such as “Shaka Zulu”, “The Shroud”, “Windows on God”, “Jesus the Jew and Anti-Semitism”, “Buddha and Buddhism”,“Ripartire da Edith”, “La Sindona Svelata”,“The Hero’s Journey in Film”, etc.
The three miniseries of the Shaka Zulu Trilogy are based on Joshua Sinclair's own novel "Shaka Zulu", itself based on the oral tradition of the Zulu people.
HANNAH is an electric drama that will make viewers cling to the message of “hope” and the “against all odds” mentality that have been the underlying themes of his previous novels and films.
Source: The Oliver Corporation
About Vittorio Storaro
Vittorio Storaro, is an Italian cinematographer, and member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and Italian Society of Cinematographers (AIC).He began studying photography at the age of 11. He went on to formal cinematography studies at the national Italian film school, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, when he was 18. Working as a camera operator for many years, he was on his first film as cinematographer for Giovinezza, Giovinezza (Youthful, Youthful) in 1968. In 1970, he photographed L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), the first film directed by Dario Argento.
He has worked with many important film directors, in particular Bernardo Bertolucci, with whom he has had a long collaboration, as well as Francis Ford Coppola and Warren Beatty. His credits include 1900, The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor, Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, Apocalypse Now, One From the Heart, Reds, Bulworth, The Sheltering Sky, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Ladyhawke, Tango and Goya en Burdeos. He was also cinematographer for a BBC co-production with Italian broadcaster RAI of Verdi's Rigoletto over two nights on the weekend of 4 and 5 September 2010.
Storaro’s first mainstream American film was Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1979, for which Storaro won his first Oscar. Coppola gave Storaro free rein on the film's visual look and it is regarded by many critics as one of the most visually spectacular films of all time. He has also received Oscars for Reds (1981) and The Last Emperor (1987). Dick Tracy (1990) garnered him a fourth nomination.
As a cinematographer, he is highly innovative. He had Rosco International fabricate a series of custom color gels for his lighting, which he used to implement his theories about emotional response to color. The "Storaro Selection" of color gels is available for other cinematographers from Rosco.
He created the "Univision" film system, which is a 35mm format based on film stock with three perforation that provides an aspect ratio of 2:1, which Storaro feels is a good compromise between the 2.35:1 and 1.85:1 wide-screen ratios favored by most filmmakers. Storaro developed the new technology with the intention of 2:1 becoming the universal aspect ratio for both movies and television in the digital age. He first shot the television mini-series Dune with the Univision system.
In 2003, a survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild judged Storaro one of history's ten most influential cinematographers.
The magnificence of his craft will be prominently displayed as he lends his many years of expertise and exquisite mastery of cinematography to HANNAH.
About Brian Strange
Brian Strange was born in Denmark and studied at the European Film College in the town of Ebeltoft before moving to England to attend the Arts Institute at Bournemouth where he gained a BaHons in Cinematography.
He has since them worked in the British Film and TV industry for over 10 years having shot a vast number of different projects ranging from Features and Shorts to Music Videos, Virals and Documentaries. Strange has experience with pretty much every camera the industry has to offer and loves what he does with an undying passion.
He is a self-proclaimed keen traveller and tends to pop out on trips at every chance to further his knowledge of people and cultures around the world.
Brian’s has shot some rather outstanding products for notable brands such as Nokia, Special K, Adidas, Bing and John Frieda and Lotus Formula 1.
This up-and-coming cinematographer is already excelling in the industry and coupled with his motivation to expand his scope of operations, Strange is well on his way to establishing an international reputation and presence in his respective field.
HANNAH will represent some of his best work to date. His inclusion in the production will demonstrate Strange’s enhanced capabilities that has elevated him to the realms of working with some of the film industry’s most notably prestigious participants.
“I continue to work hard towards my main ambition of shooting high end Features and Commercials.”
- Brian Strange
About Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone was born in Rome on 10.11.1928. His long artistic career includes a wide range of composition genres, from absolute music, which he has always produced, to applied music, working as orchestrator as well as conductor in the recording field, and then as a composer for theatre, radio and cinema.
In 1946 Ennio received his trumpet diploma and in 1947 he was engaged as composer for theatre music.
In 1953 he made his first arrangement for a series of evening radio shows.
In 1954 he received his diploma in Composition at the Conservatory under the guidance of Goffredo Petrassi.
In 1958 he obtained a job at RAI (Italian Television) as music assistant, but he resigned on the first day of work.
His career as film music composer started in 1961 with the film Il Federale directed by Luciano Salce, but he became famous worldwide with Sergio Leone’s westerns: A Fistful Of Dollars (1964), For A Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966), Once Upon A Time In The West (1968) and A Fistful Of Dynamite (1971).
In 1965 Morricone entered the group of improvisation “Nuova Consonanza”; in 1984, he and other composers founded the Institute Of Research For Musical Theatre in Rome.
Since 1960, Morricone has scored over 400 films working with many Italian and international directors (among whom Sergio Leone, Gillo Pontecorvo, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci, Giuliano Montaldo, Lina Wertmuller, Giuseppe Tornatore, Brian De Palma, Roman Polanski, Warren Beatty, Adrian Lyne, Oliver Stone, Margarethe Von Trotta, Henry Verneuil, Pedro Almodovar and Roland Joffè). His most famous films include: The Battle Of Algiers, Sacco and Vanzetti, Cinema Paradiso, The Legend Of 1900, Malena, The Untouchables, Once Upon A Time In America, The Mission and U-Turn. His absolute music production includes over 100 pieces composed since 1946 to this day. Here are some titles: "Concerto per orchestra 1" (1957); "Frammenti di Eros" (1985); "Rag in Frantumi" (1986); "Cantata per L’Europa" (1988); "UT, per tromba, archi e percussioni" (1991); "Ombra di Lontana Presenza" (1997); "Voci dal Silenzio" (2002); "Sicilo ed altri Frammenti" (2006); "Vuoto di Anima Piena" (2008).
Ennio Morricone has conducted many orchestras worldwide, including the Orchestra of the Santa Cecilia Academy for many symphonic seasons. He also conducted the Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Theatre, the Rome Opera House Orchestra, the Budapest Opera House Orchestra, the Orquesta Nacionales de España (ONE), the National Brazilian Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio Munich Rundfunk, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra and Chorus of the Spanish Television. Morricone often works with the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra for many concerts both in Italy and abroad as well as for the recordings of film scores.
On 2nd February 2007 Maestro Morricone and the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra held an important concert at the United Nations General Assembly Hall to celebrate the UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon taking office.
In his long career, Ennio Morricone has received many awards other than the Golden Lion and the Honorary Oscar, among which 8 Nastri D’argento, 5 Baftas, 5 Oscar Nominations, 7 David Di Donatello, 3 Golden Globes, 1 Grammy Award and 1 European Film Award. In the 2009 the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, has signed a decree appointing M° Ennio Morricone to the rank of Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honor.
In the recording field, Morricone has received 27 Golden Records, 7 Platinum Records, 3 Golden Plates and the “Critica discografica” award for the music of the film Il Prato. The soundtrack from the film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly has been included in the list of inductees for the Grammy Hall of Fame 2009.
His propensity for identifying musical scores that will forever be etched in motion picture soundtrack history will serve as an essential component to the storyline of HANNAH.
About Emilio Lari
Emilio Lari started his career by bluffing his way on to the set of Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night in 1964. On set, the crew and actors happened to be waiting for a photographer from L’European magazine and welcomed Lari accordingly. Emilio happily played the role until he was exposed when the official photographer arrived. However, his talent and friendly approach led to an invitation to the filming of Help! in 1965.
Lari's charm and happy-go-lucky attitude took him through 40 years of European and Hollywood movies – from the cult 1966 hit Barbarella and Franco Zeffirelli’s classic 1968 Romeo and Juliet, to Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic Godfather trilogy and Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull.
He has photographed some of the most famous figures in the world such as Marlene Dietrich, David Bowie, Jane Fonda, Jodie Foster, Robert De Niro, Michelle Phifer and The Beatles.
Emilio’s photographs are flawless. His subjects become vintage. Each shot captures a moment in time that is filled with either elegance, laughter, serenity, concentration or perhaps a combination of the aforementioned. One thing that is evident in all of his work is the depth within any one photo. You look beyond the subject to see every little detail that effortlessly emerges from the photo and jumps out at you as to say this is photographical composition of nature’s enhanced beauty. Emilio Lari’s photographic genius gives life to any body of work he touches.
His involvement with HANNAH will bring the characters and surrounding elements to life for the viewer and assist in telling a story that is filled with all the pleasures and complexities that have a tendency to not only effect, but consume our everyday lives'.
“I remember Emilio Lari, his witty sense of humour, delightful smile and many beautiful photographs. I can’t separate the work from the man, but both lifted your spirits.”
- Francis Ford Coppola
Risks and challenges
Challenges are presented in the film industry as with any other sector of business. Investing in the film industry can be highly speculative and deemed rather risky due to the lack of assurances in terms of box office successes. Revenue derived from the production and distribution of a motion pictures is almost solely dependent upon the public's acceptance, which cannot be predicted.
THE MAKING OF "HANNAH"
This film project, including the production budget, has been carefully developed to be a quality production with a reasonable budget involving very talented, experienced and well-respected individuals.
The script has also been written specifically to suit the location to ensure that money is saved in key areas such as set design, special effects, props and various other elements that have a tendency to inflate production budgets. Additionally, the local area has been extensively researched to ensure that accommodation costs for the limited number of cast and crew are kept to a minimum.
The castle, where Writer/Director Joshua Sinclair resides, affords all the varied shooting locations any commercial motion picture would need, all practically under one roof where everything can be easily accessed and controlled. All sets are also cover sets (so we are not dependent on weather or natural lighting requirements). All furnishings and sets are already constructed (Joshua owns many of them). Costumes, make-up, set design are minimal. Location costs are secured at a minimum. THE PRODUCTION TEAM WILL NOT PROFIT IN ANY WAY FROM SHOOTING THERE.
We have a production team with rather sterling and notorious careers of outstanding works and achievements. They are indeed the utmost professional individuals with the highest level of expertise in their respective fields. This production will have minimal, if any delays.
Production is scheduled to begin shortly after funding during the first quarter of 2015. The total production time included pre and post production will not exceed a period of four (4) months.
We are highly confident that "HANNAH" will garner attention from major distributors, whether through our own sales process (or that of an agent) or through our presence and success at the top film festivals. However, prior to any and all festivals, our primary objective will be to negotiate with a distributor on or near the completion of principal photography.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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