ABOUT OUR PROJECT
Millions of people have tasted absinthe without even knowing that it was invented in a small valley in Switzerland or the fascinating history behind it: healing and inspiring, later demonized and suppressed - The green fairy had to endure a lot but at last she survived!
We connect this legend with the fateful journey of our main character. Fiction meets reality. Our story begins when Dr. Prchal loses his first patient...
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WHAT IS THIS PROJECT ABOUT?
Lire en: FRANÇAIS
Lesen auf: DEUTSCH
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A mystical drama film on the trail of human consciousness…
Dr. Prchal flees his hard reality and finds himself in the mythical world of the green fairy…
The Czech surgeon Dr. Aleš Prchal has been working in Zürich for several years. When he loses his first patient, he can no longer ignore his past. On the search for redemption from his guilt he goes on an odyssey – and discovers a Swiss legend...
We delve into profound questions of life and tell a cultural Swiss history in a completely new way.
Especially for Switzerland absinthe has a big cultural and
historical significance. But internationally it’s an engaging
topic as well - because this spirit from a small Swiss valley
conquered the whole world and became an important part of daily
life in many countries. That’s why absinthe is a very popular
theme, but never before has it been portrayed the way we’re going
to do it!
This Swiss culture film is set in Zürich and in Val-de-Travers where absinthe originated. It’s important to us to portray these places authentically and to bring across the different kinds of charm of the two linguistic regions. This film project strengthens the cultural connection between the German-speaking and the French-speaking part of Switzerland and shows its cultural and natural diversity.
In this context we thematize the history of absinthe, the incredible resistance of the distilleries and the myth of the green fairy…
But of course this film is not just about absinthe! It's a mystical human drama... Our main character’s destiny meets the green fairy’s destiny – fiction meets true story. It’s a dramatic and yet hopeful narrative which unravels itself in mystical and absurd ways. We deal with different levels of reality and ask questions of fate and coincidence, guilt and innocence. The audience will be drawn into these philosophical questions and experiencing absinthe and its place of origin firsthand.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS AND WHO IS THE TARGET GROUP?
WHY SHOULD YOU SUPPORT THIS PROJECT?
By supporting this project, you help:
We’re in contact with many potential sponsors, but at the moment it’s not an easy time for firms. Even though several have emphasized their interest, it’s simply not possible for them to support us financially. We will keep trying but unfortunately, we don’t expect any big contributions from sponsors. That’s why we are in need of your support!
We are ready to realise this film as soon as the funding is secured:
Since mid-2019 we’ve been working on La Merveille
Verte. During the course of one year we wrote the screenplay
and then we began to get in touch with film-makers, potential
sponsors and shooting locations.
From over 200 applications for cast and crew we have now assembled a great group of actors and actresses as well as a part of our crew.
We’ve already secured some shooting locations and will be supported by tourism enterprises in the Val-de-Travers for location permits and other ressources.
We’re excited to come together and create something new! Please help us realise this film with a financial contribution and/or by sharing this page with your friends and family and on social media!
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MONEY AFTER SUCCESSFUL FINANCING?
If we reach our goal, it will make this film shoot (approx. 3 weeks, earliest in September 2021) possible!
Our professional participants will be paid for their work; we’ll be able to feed everyone on set; transportation costs, travel expenses and overnight stays (mostly in Val-de-Travers) will be covered; and the most important materials (such as costumes, make-up, set-design…) as well as technical equipment can be paid. Further small expenses for the film shoot are legal fees and covid measures (masks, disinfectant etc.)
FINANCING THRESHHOLD: CHF 60'000
It is only possible for us to realise a feature film with a humble budget of 60'000.- because we have some awesome film-makers on board who are not participating for the money, but because they are excited about our project and want to make a creative contribution to this film. Some people will even work for free. But it’s immensely important to us to be able to reward our professional collaborators for their valuable work!
With 60’000 CHF we can cover the following expenses:
1. Minimal compensation for the main Cast & Crew:
2. Unavoidable expenses such as:
FINANCING TARGET: CHF 85'000
Our priority is the compensation of our participants. CHF 85’000 means:
For the technical equipment we have some generous people who would offer us some of their materials. If we reach our ultimate financing goal of CHF 85'000, we can compensate these people fairly for their support. When it comes to technical equipment which we have to rent, it means we can rent better equipment, which will in turn contribute to the quality of the film.
In addition we can also cover further expenses such as legal fees and materials for the covid measures (masks, disinfectant…), which we would otherwise have to pay for ourselves.
WHO'S BEHIND THIS PROJECT?
After several years of creative collaboration Jina Rose and Mike Doctor founded the filmproduction company a Change of Perspective in 2018. They’ve been producing short films, image films and music videos. The association of the same name was founded in the beginning of 2021.
Jina Rose is a 22 years old independent musician and film-maker
from Zürich. Growing up in a family of musicians her vocal talent
was supported early-on. For several years now, Jina Rose has been
performing professionally as a singer.
She did theatre acting for over 10 years and through video-editing discovered her passion for film-making. In the production company a Change of Perspective Jina Rose is immersed in directing, producing and editing, and for a while now she’s been focusing on screenplay-writing.
Mike Doctor had a remarkable Europe-wide musical career und has
since dedicated himself to producing and editing films as well. He
produced and co-directed “B Street Live”, a documentary which
was shown at film festivals in Argentinia, Chile and
Furthermore he composes and produces film music in his music studio Biolabs in Zürich. For this film, La Merveille Verte, he will also be composing a part of the music – in addition to the wonderful classical pieces which will accompany the movie.