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Outsmoked: Athina Rachel Tsangari Moving Towards Summer Shoot for “Harvest”

Outsmoked: Athina Rachel Tsangari Moving Towards Summer Shoot for “Harvest”

The backdrop of Oban, Scotland and Germany will be the lieu of location for Greek filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari‘s next feature film. Production is set for August. We first heard about the book to film adaptation of Jim Crace’s Harvest almost three years back and the project still has all three principle production players onboard with: The Match Factory’s Michael Weber, Rebecca O’Brien and Louverture Films’ Joslyn Barnes. Look for casting announcements shortly. This has the 2024 Venice Film Festival competition slot stamped all over it.

On the morning after harvest, the inhabitants of a remote English village awaken looking forward to a hard-earned day of rest and feasting at their landowner’s table. But the sky is marred by two conspicuous columns of smoke, replacing pleasurable anticipation with alarm and suspicion. One smoke column is the result of an overnight fire that has damaged the master’s outbuildings. The second column rises from the wooded edge of the village, sent up by newcomers to announce their presence. In the minds of the wary villagers a mere coincidence of events appears to be unlikely, with violent confrontation looming as the unavoidable outcome. Meanwhile, another newcomer has recently been spotted taking careful notes and making drawings of the land. It is his presence more than any other that will threaten the village’s entire way of life.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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