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Alex Garland has started shooting Ex Machina and principal photography is also underway on the first UK-Albania co-production.
Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander star in Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. Garland also wrote the screenplay.
The story follows a 24-year-old coder at the world’s largest internet company, who wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to the reclusive CEO of the company. But when the coder arrives at the remote location, he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl.
Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich are producing the $15m feature through DNA Films with support of Film4 and Universal Pictures with the latter distributing the psychological thriller around the world.
Shooting has now moved from Amsterdam to Tirana on Fatmir Koci’s Amsterdam Express, which presents the first UK-Albania co-production through Act Triangle Productions (ATP) and Film And Music Entertainment (F&ME) in conjunction with Germany’s Lara Film and the Netherland’s Popov Film. The Albanian National Center of Cinematography provided financial support.
In the drama Blerim Destani plays a young Albanian emigrant in Amsterdam, who falls victim to the threats of drug and sex slave traffickers. He is also managing his marriage of convenience with a Dutch girl and his true love back in Albania.
Principal photography will wrap on August 23.