Dutch filmmaker Ricky Rijneke’s second feature The Hunter’s Son is edging closer towards production.
At International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) this week, producers Dirk Rijneke and Mildred van Leeuwaarden of Rotterdam Films confirmed that they have secured further financing for the film from a range of partners.
Leading arthouse distributor Filmfreak is now on board to handle the Dutch release. The Polish Film Institute has also lent its support and both Dutch producer Wild At Art and the Netherlands Film Fund is backing the project.
French actor Swann Arlaud, best known for Petit Paysan, is in advanced negotiation to star in the film.
During its lengthy gestation, The Hunter’s Son, which has a projected budget of €1.8m, has passed through the Torino Film Lab and the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab as well as New Horizon’s Polish Days. The Polish co-producer is Balapolis.
The Hunter’s Son is a father/son story about the aftermath of a hunting trip that goes wrong. The son is 13-year-old Rabbit, who lives an isolated life with his overworked father, a border guard looking for immigrants attempting to cross the border.
Rijneke’s acclaimed debut feature The Silent Ones was presented in IFFR’s co-production market CineMart before going on to premiere in the festival’s Tiger competition in 2013. She is hoping to begin shooting the new film by the end of the year and is planning to shoot on 35mm.
Rotterdam Films is also a minority co-producer on Hungarian director Balint Kenyeres’ Hier (Yesterday), which is now in post-production and close to completion.