Wednesday, 06 June 2012 00:20(Showbiz) – The Germany-based Gambian film and theatre arts practitioner Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu is adding another feather to his creative and performance arts cap. He is playing in the African night club scenes of a new international film project.
Set in South Africa and shot in English, the movie tells the story of Layla Fourie, a young single-mother in South Africa who receives a job assignment as polygraphist.
In the constant presence of mistrust, lies and fear Layla soon becomes a suspect herself.
Asked how he balances life between film, theatre, German politics and entrepreneurship, Prince Sankanu says: ''I am young, productive, adventurous, cosmopolitan, stubborn and crazy enough to stand the challenges. I feel proud that I can choose the types of minor or major movie and theater roles I feel comfortable with as I am simply passionate about my profession.
''No role is for me off-limit no matter how fair, small, big, challenging, taboo-rattling, provocative or controversial as long as I fit the characterization. This versatility helps me refresh myself across borders between heavy schedules in the creative entreprise or German politics. We are currently settling in the elected state parliamentarians of our Pirates Party of Germany (Piratenpartei Deutschland) before the summer break while preparing for our North Rhine Westphalia State party congress between 30 June and 01 July 2012. This will be followed by strategy planning sessions for the 2013 German federal and 2014 EU elections. My African Film Festival in Germany this September 2012 with that Malian actress and other invited stars is also around the corner. Movie and theatre projects, be they big or small budget, help me cool off and stay in tune with the latest insider trends in the arts and culture industry as my primary preoccupation.”
He elaborates that “Germany is no country for softies, cowards and lazy bones. People who are brave, creative, productive, versatile and hardworking are highly respected here. There is no time to waste here in Bundesrepublik Deutschland with its dynamic work ethics. This is one of the reasons why I am still not taking the risk of entering the Gambia to personally follow-up on my film-related CIFF project proposals without a prior official word from my Brother President Jammeh's pen. L'état Gambienne c'est Yahya Jammeh! I cannot just afford to waste my productive time shuttling from one office to another between Banjul and Kanilai in pain and vain. As part of the alternative Plan B, I might move the CIFF Project to other shortlisted African countries I cannot name here. Already some people are encouraging me to do that but my patriotic bias is motivating me to give Gambia the due chance to make a choice so that history can absolve me fairly. My time, talent, intellect, pedigree and personality are sincerely needed here in Germany and elsewhere.
The creativity breaks I also used to waste on commenting Gambian affairs online between 2006 and 2012 will now be fully invested in other serious things worldwide. I owe no Gambian voter, taxpayer and pro or anti-Jammeh wailer at home and abroad an explanation on my political and professional choices/careers anyway. Gambians are sadly gullible and easily manipulatable. They readily believe in the gossips, lies and blackmails posted against people everywhere without court-approved facts and evidence. This is revealing of a so-called morally perfect religious society. Hahaha!“
Directed by Pira Marais the Leyla Fourie movie project is an international co-production between South Africa, The Netherlands, France and Germany.
''I am looking forward to the day when our own Gambia will have a bi-lateral film co-production agreement with Germany as part of my life-long vision of making The Gambia one of the serious world class film producing nations on the global film map. The German Federal Ministry of State For Culture and the Media is always ready for ''Bilaterale Filmabkommen'' or bilateral film co-production agreements with interested nations.
For they promote technology transfer as Germany is still leading when it comes to superior professional cinema cameras, acoustics and light technology. It won the highest number of Oscar awards for the film technology and innovation category so far.
The co-production agreements stimulate training, investments, jobs, protection of assets and global exposure of locations while promoting productive synergy between tourism and culture. They basically make serious film business across borders very convenient due to the legal security. South Africa is creating local jobs and attracting a lot of foreign exchange from Germany and other EU countries thanks to the German-South African film co-production agreement that motivates big budget local and international productions of feature films, TV drama series, advertisement spots and other audiovisual works on locations across South Africa.
Germany has film co-production agreements with Austria, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Brazil, France, Hungary UK, India, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa as the only African country so far and, the UK. It is currently in negotiations with Argentina, Ireland, Poland and Russia. As a German citizen and film industry stakeholder I can technically make movies in all the above partner countries without wasteful feet-dragging from their local authorities. Whenever The Gambian Authorities of the day are seriously ready for a mutually-beneficial film co-production agreement with Germany and later other EU countries, I would just have to contact the right people at the German federal ministry of culture for a start and the rest will be fait accompli. “ Prince Sankanu concludes.
Key facts of the movie:
1. WORKING TITLE: LAYLA FOURIE
2. DIRECTOR: Pia Marais
3. YEAR: 2012
4. STATUS: production
5. SYNOPSIS: Layla Fourie, a young single-mother in South Africa, receives a job assignment as polygraphist. In the constant presence of mistrust, lies and fear Layla soon becomes a suspect herself.
6. LENGTH: ca. 90 min.
7. FORMAT: digital, 35mm, 1:2,35, 24fps
8. CAST: Rayna Campbell, August Diehl, Rapule Hendricks, Terry Norton, Jeroen Kranenberg, Rapulana Seiphemo, David Mello, etc,
9. SHOOTING LOCATION: South Africa
10. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English
11. CO-PRODUCTION WITH: Pandora Film Produktion (Germany), Spier Productions & DV8 Films/Zinebar (South Africa), Topkapi Films (Netherlands), Cinema Defacto (France) and WDR (West German Public Proadcasting)/ARTE (Pan European Cultural Channel)
12. SUPPORTED BY: Filmstiftung NRW, Medienboard BB, FFA, DFFF, CNC, Dutch Filmfund, Eurimages, DTI
13. DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT: Medienboard BB & Media Development
14. WORLD SALES:The Match Factory
15. FESTIVALS AWARDS: Arte Cinema Development Award Cinemart 2010
16. PRODUCERS: Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel (producers), Jeremy Nathan, Michael Auret, Tom Decour, Frans van Gestel (co-producers), Georg Steinert, Andrea Hanke (commissioning editors)
17. WRITERS: Horst Markgraf, Pia Marais
18. DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: André Chemetoff
19. EDITING: Job ter Burg
20. CASTING: Susan Russouw (south africa), Geraldine Bajard (kids), Regina Tiefenthaller (europe), Amy Hubbard (uk)
21. PRODUCTION: Moroba Nkawe (line producer), Katja Christochowitz (prod. manager germany)
22. SOUND: Gita Cerveira (sound recordist)
23. ART DIRECTION: Petra Barchi (prod. designer), Sam Ramusuku (set dresser), Federica Bologna (assistant prod. Designer)
24. COSTUMES: Chiara Minchio (stylist), Maleen Nokel (costumes)
25. MAKE UP HAIR: Marc Crisp
Project site: http://www.pandorafilm.com/produktion/index_details.php?query_var=id&queryvalue=96
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