SPLASH


TYPE
: Narrative Short
GENRE: Drama
STATUS: Pre-Production

LOGLINE

« SPLASH » is the story of Lea, a young woman trapped in the horrors of a concentration camp, who breaks free by diving into her most unexpected memories....

SYNOPSIS

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Lea a young Austrian Jewish woman, who won the Olympic Games of Berlin 1936 in swimming, was deported to a concentration camp, when the Nazis invaded her country.

Very early in the morning of July 30th, 1944 she is chosen to be part of a work unit in charge of cleaning the garden of the commander’s mansion, which is completely covered by a thin layer of ashes.

For Lea it is the beginning of a long exhausting day with a rather shocking surprise: She recognizes in Maximilian Hoegstein, the camp’s commander, her former swim trainer. To endure the shock and to find the strength within her to go on, Lea visualizes the key moments of her professional life before the war, and now uses the determination that she had acquired as an athlete for her survival. At the end of this draining day, just when her group is about to pass the mansion’s swimming pool, Lea steps up on the diving board, jumps and, as if she was in competition again, dives into the water, into her freedom.

 

THE CHARACTERS

Lea and Hoegstein could have been a regular trainer and athlete with an intense, reciprocal, professional relationship. It was Hoegstein’s motivational skills that pushed Lea to overcome her physical and mental limits, thus paving her the way to the Olympic Games of Berlin in 1936.

They could have been two ordinary people achieving the extraordinary together, had the war not torn them apart.

Now they find themselves bound together again – however in quite different circumstances. Hoegstein is the commander of a concentration camp – Lea one of the prisoners.

Their initial meeting in the camp almost seems surreal and yet it is exactly that moment which evokes a change in both of them.
Lea, who at that point most certainly was doomed of giving herself up to resignation is shaken and finds the strength and determination again that slumbers within her.

Throughout the film she regains her will to live and builds up resistance against the terror, just as the formerly grey gardens of the commander’s mansion regain their lushness and greens.

Hoegstein on the other side initially ignores the obvious. He doesn’t want to, or can’t believe that one of the worn-out creatures trembling in front of him could possibly be the former glorious Olympic champion that he once trained. It doesn’t fit into his national socialistic perception of the perfect “Arian” athlete.

When Lea however faces him after she dived into and crossed the Nazi’s swimming pool, Hoegstein’s “shell” breaks.

 

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ARTISTIC STATEMENT

<!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 152 871 Magellan Films 7 2 1021 14.0 <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} <![endif]-->Being native Austrian I grew up with constantly having been reminded and educated about what can certainly be perceived as the darkest period of my country.

I read the book “Man’s search for meaning” by Victor Frankl, which made a lasting impact on me, and certainly inspired and encouraged me to write this script. Frankl, an Austrian Psychiatrist and Auschwitz survivor, concludes from his experience that even in the most severe conditions of the concentration camp a prisoner always had the freedom of choice to dwell in his spiritual domain, the one that the SS was unable to destroy. If a prisoner felt that he could no longer endure the realities of camp life, he found a way out in his mental life, thus developing a sheer incredible force – an invaluable opportunity for survival.

Like a continuous thread this idea spins through “Splash” stimulating Lea, the main character, to go on: Forced by circumstances she uses her imagination to re-write her own past by literary diving into the Nazi’s swimming pool.

My previous background as a director is tending towards stylized music videos, fashion- and art films, in general projects that allowed me to explore and refine the power and impact of image. Ever since I started to work on this script more than two years ago, I had a clear vision in mind – to create a modern Holocaust film apart from cliché. The subject is serious and deep but I would like to show terror and violence through image and contrast, thus sublimating the horror of the holocaust through visual beauty.

By making a young, visually strong film with a contemporary approach I would like to bring this dark period of our history closer to the fast living „facebook generation“ and raise their awareness for this subject.

What for many of us might seem remote and part of the past, could always happen again in a similar form. We must never forget.<!--StartFragment-->

 

KEY CREW

Sandro Suppnig - Director & Writer

Austrian born Sandro Suppnig was educated in Paris and Los Angeles at the Université Paris Dauphine and at UCLA School for Film, Theater &Television.

In the past, he was involved in the production of global advertising campaigns for fashion brands such as Missoni, Alessandro dell’Acqua, Dsquared, Pepe Jeans, Energie and Miss Sixty.

Through this work, Sandro developed a profound understanding for visual composition and an innate attention to details. As a commercial director Sandro creates unique stories with each film speaking to a client’s stylistic identity. His mesmerizing visual style is infused with elements from "film-noir" and "avant-garde" to Pop art. To date motion film-capsules have been created for among others: Nars Cosmetics, American Patrons of the Tate, Aides, Flair Magazine, Crush Fanzine, Maison des Talons and Linn Lomo Jewelry.

In 2010 he founded Magellan Films Inc., a New York based production company, with the goal to develop stories that impact.

He is fluent in 4 languages (German, English, French and Italian) and devides his time between New York and Paris.

 

Marco Kreuzpaintner - Executive Producer

When Roland Emmerich selected him to take the reins of Trade Marco Kreuzpaintner had already established himself as one of the leading young directors in Germany.

His feature SummerStorm won him the German Film Award (German Oscar) in the category "Best Young Director".

Marco's next feature Krabat was Germany's biggest domestic production in 2007 and became a huge success at the box office.

Kreuzpaintner is a member of the German Film Academy, the European Film Academy, the German Director's Guild and the Director's Guild of America.

Luke Redgrave - Director of Photography (TBD)

Born into the famous British Redgrave family, Luke has worked as a DOP and Camera operator for over 15 years. Two of the milestones in his career were "The Other Boleyn Girl" and his recent work on Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables".

 

Nicole Fischnaller - Costume Design

Nicole Fischnaller is one of the leading experts in Costume Design for the Period of 1930-1945.

Her work on the costumes for "The Counterfeiters" was an important part to the incredible success of this film, which won the Oscar for best foreign language film for Germany and won Fischnaller the German Film Award for Best Costume Design in 2008.

Further highlights in her career are "A Most Wanted Man" with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel Mc Adams and Willem Dafoe as well as " Anatomy" with Franka Potente in leading roles.

Waldemar Pokromski - Make Up

 Having worked with Star Directors such as Steven Spielberg, Roman Polanski, Michael Haneke, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Stefan Ruzowitzky and Tom Tykwer, Waldemar Pokromksi is a houselhold name when it comes to make up.
 

With the "Schindler's List", "The Pianist", "The Downfall" and "The Counterfeiters" in his incredible vita there could be no better man in charge of the make for "Splash" than Waldemar.

 

 

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