Volya Films

Denis Vaslin & Fleur Knopperts
Graaf Florisstraat 110 A | 3021 CM Rotterdam
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Volya Films produces author films, fiction and documentary, mainly in the form of international co-productions. Recent films include Centaur (Aktan Arym Kubat; Berlinale 2017 - CICAE Award), Waiting for Giraffes (Marco de Stefanis; IDFA 2016), The Grown-Ups (Maite Alberdi; IDFA 2016), Problemski Hotel (Manu Riche; IFFR 2016) Big Father, Small Father & Other Stories (Di Phan Dang; world premiere Berlinale Official Competition 2015), Kurai Kurai - Tales on the Wind (Marjoleine Boonstra; Competition Dutch Film Festival 2014).


CURRENT PROJECTS

Mrs. F. (working title)
Director & screenwriter: Chris van der Vorm. Cast: Ifeoma Fafunwa. Country: Netherlands. Status: production. Sort: Documentary. Duration: 90 min. & 52 min. Genre: Drama.

Ifeoma Fafunwa, Mrs. F., takes up the challenge of staging her play HEAR WORD! about the abuse of women in male-dominated Makoko. Besides the original cast of Nigeria’s most acclaimed actresses, Ifeoma casts young women in Makoko who are subject to the same fate as many of the women in Nigeria. Ifeoma connects with them through her personal struggle with her background. Can Ifeoma set a transformation in motion in the heart of the fastest growing city in the world that breaks with the silence culture in Nigeria?

Totem
Director: Sander Burger. Screenwriter: Bastiaan Tichler. Status: development. Genre: cross-over family movie. Financers: Netherlands Film Fund, Creative Europe.

Ten-year-old Ama, the daughter of two illegal immigrants, sees her four-year-old brother taken away from school by the police. In a panic, she tries to warn her parents, only to find out that they have already been arrested and will be deported. On the run from the police, alone at night on the streets of Rotterdam, Ama has to take care of herself and find her way back to her family – when suddenly her totem animal appears.