|Scriptwriter||Barbora Namerova, Tereza Nvotova|
|Creative Advisors||Wiebke von Carolsfeld, Rita Dagher, Lars Hermann|
|Head of Studies||Christian Routh|
|Krzysztof Kieślowski ScripTeast Award/Special Mention||No|
|Producers/ co-producers:||Peter Badac, Clara Levy, Milos Lochman, Georgia Poivre|
|Link to the project – archive||http://scripteast.pl/thenightsiren/|
Charlotte and her younger sister Tamara are raised in the dense woods by their abusive mother.
One day the sisters vanish. Their mother accuses their gypsy neighbor Otilia of kidnapping and
witchcraft, who is then stoned and ostracized by the villagers. The broken mother eventually
Months later, Otilia spots little Tamara who has managed to survive by herself in the woods. As
they grow to trust each other, Otilia teaches Tamara how to live in harmony with nature and
become a woman. That is, until the locals wrest Tamara away and place her in a foster home.
Twenty-two years later, an adult Charlotte returns. She settles into Otilia’s old cabin and befriends
the local weirdo Mira, who is not afraid to help Charlotte piece her past together. But a series of
misfortunes plague the village, leads the locals believe that Charlottes arrival awaken the old
witch. Accidents, deaths, and more missing children suppose Charlotte and Mira to be responsible.
Events seem to be recurring as before, until Charlotte confesses that years ago, while running
away from home, she killed her sister by throwing her from a cliff. Ever since, Charlotte has lived
with the guilt of causing her sister’s death. Only now does Mira reveal her true identity. She is
The reunited sisters decide to live together in Otilia’s old cabin. That only strengthens the locals’
suspicions, that they are the witches responsible for the newly missing children. Beaten by locals,
the sisters search for them in the woods. But even finding the lost kids doesn’t convince the
villagers of their innocence.
The sisters decide to break the vicious cycle and make the choice: they denounce the village and
their inherited fate of outcasts. They lose their home, but find each another.
Barbora Námerová (1985, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia) graduated from film academy FAMU in Prague, department of screenwriting and story editing. Her first feature screenplay “Filthy”(Tereza Nvotová, 2017) premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. “Filthy” attended more than 30 festivals around the globe and has won over 20 prizes.
Barbora wasnominated for the prestigious Czech Academy Awards and Czech Film Critics Awards where “Filthy” won Best Picture. Barbora is currently working as a story editor with Gyorgy Krystof, whose last film “OUT” premiered at Cannes (Certain Regard, 2017), as well as on various film projects for moloko film production company. She is also part of the film label collective gurufilm, with whom she made a short film “Retriever”, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival (Cinéfondation, 2015).
She is currently working in on her second feature screenplay “The Nightsiren” and television miniseries in US-Slovak co-production “Convictions”, based on a cold-war era autobiography in stalinist Slovakia.
Tereza Nvotová (1988, Trnava, Czechoslovakia) graduated in film direction from film academy FAMU in Prague. Her feature debut “Filthy” has been screened in major festivals around the world including but not limited to Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary, Cairo, and Santa Barbara. During its distribution “Filthy” took home 20 awards, making it one of the most successful Czech and Slovak films of the year. Tereza collaborates with various broadcasting companies, most notably HBO Europe who has co-produced three of her feature films. Her latest HBO documentary “The Lust for Power” has been critically acclaimed and has caused heated debate about populism and corruption in politics.
In addition to her work as a film director she creates radio podcasts, travel and historical documentaries, music videos, promos and commercials.
She is currently working on her second feature “The Nightsiren” as well as the television miniseries “Convictions”.
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