Revolver Amsterdam’s coproduction Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl by Brazilian filmmaker Felipe Bragança has been selected for financial support through Hubert Bals Plus!
DON’T SWALLOW MY HEART, ALLIGATOR GIRL (Brazil) is Felipe’s first solo feature. The border between Brazil and Paraguay: living on opposite sides of a big river, Brazilian boy Joca falls in love with indigenous-Paraguayan girl Basano. A magical tale of impossible love and adventure in this land full of memories of colonial wars and indigenous genocide.
The film is produced by Duas Mariola Filmes, Zazen Producoes and Globo Filmes from Brazil and co-produced by Damned Film of France, Zero One Films from Germany and Revolver Amsterdam
Felipe Bragança, 33, was born in Rio de Janeiro. He directed 3 awarded short films from 2003 till 2006 presented in important festivals such as Oberhausen, Cork and Pusan. As scriptwriter, he has signed the script of some new director`s feature-films as Suely in The Sky (dir. Karim Ainouz – premiered in Venice 2006), Eye of The Storm (dir. Eduardo Valente – premiered in Cannes 2009) and Girimunho (dir. Helvécio Marins and Clarissa Campolina – premiered in Venice 2011) and the next Ainouz`s film, Praia do Futuro.
With Marina Meliande, he created DUAS MARIOLA FILMES, a production company, and directed the Coração no Fogo Trilogy with the films: A Alegria (Director’s`s Fortnight Cannes 2010, Rotterdam 2011) and A Fuga da Mulher Gorila (Cineastas Del Presente Competition in Locarno 2009), and the collective medium-length effort Desassossego (filme das maravilhas) (Rotterdam 2011).
The Hubert Bals Fund is designed to help remarkable or urgent feature films by innovative and talented filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe on their road to completion. Additionally, in order to offer Dutch producers the possibility to get involved more often in international productions, and to support the Hubert Bals Fund projects in the stage of actual production, the Netherlands Film Fund and the Hubert Bals Fund set up Hubert Bals Fund Plus. Since 2006, the Dutch Film Fund has annually made €200.000 available for the Hubert Bals Fund Plus. Selected applications are granted with a maximum of €50.000.