Marleen Gorris and Hans de Weers, the director/producer team behind Oscar winner Antonia's Line
, are reuniting on a new feature, My Father's Notebook.
The film, based on the bestseller by Kader Abdolah, is set at the time of the revolution in Iran and then in Holland a generation later. It comes billed as 'a timeless tale of the bond between a father and a son set at the time of Iran's troubled voyage into modernity.'
Hans de Weers is the producer for for Eyeworks Egmond. The co-producers are Joachim von Vietinghoff and Christoph Hahnheiser for Black Forest Films (Germany) and Christopher Granier-Deferre for Poisson Rouge Pictures (France).
The $6.35m feature is due to shoot in spring 2009 in Turkey, Germany, and Holland. It has received backing from the Netherlands Film Fund 'Matching Fund.' International film sales are handled by Fortissimo.
Egmond Film and Television was taken over by Eyeworks last year. The last feature produced by Egmond was Duska, submitted as the Dutch Oscar entry. Egmond's current projects include The Letter For The King, billed as the most expensive Dutch-language family film ever made in Holland, and TV drama series Cops Maastricht.
Gorris' previous credits include The Luzhin Defence and Mrs Dalloway. She is currently in post-production on Within The Whirlwind, about a Russian dissident imprisoned in the gulag in the Stalin era. The film, starring Emily Watson, is due for delivery later this year with Telepool handling sales.