'THE FEAR OF LOOKING UP' in Official Selection for HELL DE JANEIRO

17 Sep 2019


Melancholy Star's feature film THE FEAR OF LOOKING UP screens this week at HELL DE JANEIRO Festival in RIO, BRAZIL.  Running since 2010, the festival features a selection of top horror and terror short films from around the world, as well as 3 feature films.  This will be the second Brazilian screening for THE FEAR OF LOOKING UP.


HELL DE JANEIROFestival from 19th to 25th September 2019
NET Botafogo Station and Instituto Cervantes.


MELANCHOLY STAR - CO-PRODUCTION 'ENTWINED' TO PREMIERE AT TIFF 2019

4 Sep 2019

We're headed to TIFF for the World Premiere of ENTWINED, filmed in Greece by INKAS FILMS, with VFX by MELANCHOLY STAR.

About the Film:
Minos Nikolakakis' enchanting, mystical debut tells the story of Panos, a doctor from the city who relocates to a remote village where he meets a spirit who will change his life forever.Once upon a time, Panos (Prometheus Aleiferopoulos), a doctor from the city, relocates to a remote village, offering his services to its aging community. It's love at first sight when he sets eyes on the fair Danae (Anastasia-Rafaela Konidi), who has a rare condition that causes her skin to resemble tree bark. Feared by the superstitious villagers, Danae lives in isolation deep in the forest, trapped in a proverbial castle, and our enamoured hero is determined to rescue her. As Panos searches for a cure for Danae, time stands still in the dreamlike paradise he now inhabits. Unbeknownst to him, however, Danae is not a helpless princess waiting for her prince — and it's not long until she presents him with an ultimatum that will drain him of more than he ever thought possible. Though only days have passed, Panos is aware that, for both lovers, time is running out.
Director Minos Nikolakakis creates an enchanting, mystical debut inspired by Balkan legends and rural customs. The film's vanguard approach is so total that we may not notice its lingering curiosities — making for suspenseful and intriguing reveals throughout.

Filmed in the Peloponnese peninsula, the origin of several ancient Greek myths, Entwined is a modern fairy tale on the precipice of realism. With its imagination cleverly concealed behind the logical and the lucid, the film reminds us of the human tendency to ignore what is felt and happening before our very eyes.
TIFF Screening Tickets and Info: https://tiff.net/events/entwined

MELANCHOLY STAR DESIGNER ELIZABETH SCHUCH CREATES SET FOR TED SUMMIT

26 Jul 2019

At the EICC in Edinburgh this week, great minds from all over the world gathered for the 2019 TED Summit. Our in house designer, Elizabeth Schuch, created the geometric set design for the main stage, suitable for the live event and the multi-camera filming.

READ MORE HERE: https://tedsummit2019.ted.com/

NEW FILM 'THE FEAR OF LOOKING UP' PREMIERES AT CLOSING NIGHT OF FANTASPOA, BRAZIL

5 May 2019


"Konstantinos Koutsoliotas's new flick The Fear of Looking Up will close this year's edition of the Fantaspoa film festival in Brazil. Directing a screenplay he wrote with one of his stars from his debut feature film, The Winter's Theo Albanis, and reuinting with regular collaborator, Book of Bridie's Elizabeth E. Schuch, it looks like Koutsoliotas and company are going to take audiences on a emotional and spell-binding ride deep into cosmic horror. "

READ MORE AT SCREEN ANARCHY: https://screenanarchy.com/2019/05/fantaspoa-2019-the-fear-of-looking-up-trailer-premiere.html

Visit: FANTASPOA

THE BOOK OF BIRDIE heads to Berlin! FINAL GIRLS OPENING NIGHT

26 Jan 2018

Final Girls Berlin Film Festival showcases horror cinema that’s directed, written, or produced by women*. After the thrilling and chilling first two editions in February and June 2017, they are holding the third installment of FGBFF from February 1-3, 2018 at B-ware Ladenkino in Berlin. Final Girls BFF are committed to creating space for female voices and visions, whether monstrous, heroic, or some messy combination of the two, in the horror genre.  Featuring women focused workshops and panels too! 
We are thrilled to announce that THE BOOK OF BIRDIE is the Opening Night film of the festival, and director Elizabeth E. Schuch will be giving a workshop on storyboarding during the festival.

SCREENING
THE BOOK OF BIRDIE
1 FEB 2018 8:30 PM 
b-ware! Ladenkino
19 Gärtnerstraße
Berlin, Berlin 10245
Germany


WORKSHOP
STORYBOARDING
3 FEB 2018 2.30 PM

REVIEWS: 'The Book of Birdie' - THE VERGE - 'glitter, gold, and open wounds'

23 Nov 2017


The Book of Birdie imagines religious horror with glitter, gold, and open wounds

Elizabeth Schuch’s fantastic directorial debut comes on the heels of her work in Wonder Woman’s art department


This fall, The Verge is making a choice. The choice is fear! We’ve decided to embrace the season by taking in as many new horror movies as possible and reporting back on which ones are worth your time. We’re calling this series Hold My Hand, as we look at films you might want to watch with a supportive viewing partner. Get comfortable, put the kettle on, check the closet for ghosts, then find a hand to squeeze until the bones pop.
Culturally, we don’t think enough about morbid girls. There aren’t very many of them in our movies, beyond the silent, violent ones Emily Yoshida described for Vulture earlier this year, writing about LoganStranger Things, and Game of Thrones: “Their age and increasing silence has become a handy crutch for writers who might otherwise have a harder time bringing female leads to life.” Young women in movies tend to be just as confused as young men are, but with way less room to be super weird about it.
This fall has produced two standout entries into the tiny genre of morbid female coming-of-age films so far, a happy coincidence after the year kicked off with Julia Ducournau’s “teen girl cannibal movie” Raw. The first was Anita Rocha da Silveira’s debut Kill Me Please(actually released in Brazil in 2015, but just now making its way to the US), which followed a group of teenage girls as their ringleader nursed an obsession with a local serial killer’s beautiful young victims. The second is The Book of Birdie, another film from a first-time feature director. 
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD 

"It’s also girly coming-of-age at its morbid best, and the perfect piece of melancholy for a dark fall afternoon."

FESTIVALS: 'The Book of Birdie' UNDERWIRE FILM FESTIVAL LONDON SCREENING








"Underwire is the UK’s only film festival celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts. It was founded in 2010 by Gabriella Apicella and Gemma Mitchell to address gender imbalance in film and change the industry from the inside out. The festival has awarded training and mentoring opportunities to over 50 filmmakers, and has screened over 300 films."


THE BOOK OF BIRDIE UK PREMIERE
Fresh from the Sitges Film Festival, the first feature by designer-turned-director Elizabeth E. Schuch, The Book of Birdie is a haunting and lyrical portrait of an imaginative teenager (the titular Birdie, played by newcomer Ilirida Memedovski). Placed in an crumbling convent by her grandmother for her own protection, Birdie begins to experience unusual hallucinations that will spur the imaginative teen onto a spiritual mission. Is she being called to sainthood or are these visions a sign of something darker within her?

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with co-writer/director Elizabeth E. Schuch, costume designer/co-writer Anami Tara Shucart and cinematographer/VFX producer Konstantinos Koutsoliotas.

Running time: 91min
Director: Elizabeth E. Schuch
Screenwriters: Anami Tara Shucart and Elizabeth E. Schuch
Producers: Iakovos Vroutsis and Konstantinos Koutsoliotas

DETAILS

Friday 24 November | 6:45pm
Running time | 91 minutes, followed by a filmmaker Q&A
Venue | Curzon Aldgate, Goodman’s Fields, 2 Canter Way, London E1 8PS
Tickets | £12

Buy Here: http://www.underwirefestival.com/events/the-book-of-birdie/

INTERVIEW: Meet Birdie, Q&A with actress ILIRIDA MEMEDOVSKI

15 Oct 2017

ILIRIDA MEMEDOVSKI Photo by Coleton James

Between running around to film festivals and finishing her theatre degree, we sat down with ILIRIDA MEMEDOVSKI to chat about her experience filming THE BOOK OF BIRDIE.

Before filming 'THE BOOK OF BIRDIE' what kind of performance experience did you have?
Before Book of Birdie I’ve only acted on stage, my most recent work has been mainly through Carthage. Acting on stage is so different from film! Stage acting requires a lot of physicality and projection whereas on camera acting is so much more intense and personal. I love both but they both have really different qualities.

Birdie is sweet and a bit odd... would you say she's very different to yourself?
I love the playfulness of Birdie, she comes off kind of serious but she’s actually a total goofball. I think I’m similar, I think people don’t understand how weird I am until they get to know me. But, I think our fascination with blood is our main difference!

Can you tell us a bit about what the shoot was like - working with the crew, under a first-time director?I loved this crew. Every single person on this team was kind, caring, and so talented. Liz, the director, was professional and so obviously passionate. Being a first time film actress I felt comfortable and excited to come to work every morning. Shooting a film is like nothing I’ve ever experienced as a theatre student. The hardest part was the cold! The crew did an amazing job of keeping us comfortable but nothing can beat a Wisconsin winter. The most fun was our “dream sequence shoot”, it was so fun getting to dance around and be goofy.

Did you have any inspiration sources for the character?

Audrey Tautou’s 'Amelie' will forever be my inspiration for every character, I think she is my universal inspiration. I really think she applied well to 'Birdie' too, the emotional cut off at an early age, the childish need for affection, etc. On set we also discovered that I highly resembled Saint Philomena, that came as a huge inspiration as well. Her story and her image really drove a lot of Birdie too. Liz may not know this but I also used her mannerisms as inspiration sometimes, I think that she put a lot of her heart and soul into writing Birdie.
ILIRIDA MEMEDOVSKI Photo by Coleton James

THE BOOK OF BIRDIE is an all female film. Was that important to you?
This is so important to me. As progressive as the artistic world is I feel like we still have a long way to go in regards to women’s empowerment/representation. We need more female writers, designers, and directors to be represented in the community. I am honored to have taken part in this film.

'Birdie' falls in love in the film. What was that like for you?

Once again, as progressive as the artistic world is I feel like we still have a long way to go in regards to women’s empowerment/representation, especially in regards to LGBTQA+ women. I myself have always seen sexuality as a fluid thing. I don’t really limit myself with love based on a person’s gender. Kitty was a fantastic love interest and I feel as though our views on sexuality are really similar! Sexuality in film, especially women and sexuality, needs to be talked about and represented!

There's some darker religious subject matter in the film, how did that affect you personally?
I’ve never really been a religious person. During this film I definitely learned a whole lot about Christianity. I have a lot of respect for every religion, and although this film has darker themes I think it’s still respectful.

What's your family background like?
I’m a first generation American/daughter to two incredibly hard working Albanian-immigrant parents.

What is your dream for the future?
My dream is to continue doing what I love. I want to act in film and in theatre as much as possible. I love the art community and I want to be an influence to it. My ultimate super crazy dream however is to be on a long running TV show. I want to be on something like Friends or Gilmore Girls, I want to have that super strong bond with a cast and crew and do something I love!

Meet the lovely and charming Ilirida in person tonight at 
BROOKLYN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL!
http://brooklynhorrorfest.com/portfolio/the-book-of-birdie/

Photos from the series 'Trials and Tribulations' by Coleton James

The Winter hits iTunes internationally

12 Sep 2017

THE WINTER hits international release on iTunes.

Award-winning Greek fantasy film by visual effects artist and director Konstantinos Koutsoliotas.

Watch on iTunes in the USA
Watch on iTunes in Greece
Watch on iTunes in the UK
or check iTunes in your country.




“a visual masterpiece!”
-aREVIEWLUTION

“Wonderful compositions, poetic shots, controlled hallucination.
The great revelation of the festival.”
-MAKEDONIA NEWS

A striking look at creativity, cultural divide, and family.”
-FOUR THREE FILM

“an undiscovered independent jewel”
-POPAGANDA

“an amazing piece of art”
-Joao Fleck, Fantaspoa Film Festival

“a beautiful gem”
Chris Oosterom, Imagine Film Festival



SCREENINGS: THE BOOK OF BIRDIE - Tickets now on sale - CLOSING NIGHT FILM at Brooklyn Horror Film Festival

9 Sep 2017

Tickets are now on sale for THE BOOK OF BIRDIE - the Closing Night Film at Brooklyn Horror Film Festival.

The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (BHFF) is a competitive international film festival showing nothing short of the best in badass genre film. In addition to the screenings, we have parties, Q&A’s with filmmakers, panels, events, food & drinks and more. The directors of BHFF are committed to celebrating the art of horror filmmaking and are focused on pushing horror’s boundaries to challenge the genre’s preconceptions.


CLOSING NIGHT FILM
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Venue:  Wythe Hotel Cinema
Time:  8:00PM
Date:  Sunday, October 15
BOOK TICKETS HEREhttp://brooklynhorrorfest.com/portfolio/the-book-of-birdie/

ABOUT THE FILM
Introverted teenager Birdie (radiant newcomer Ilirida Memedovski) is forced to live inside a quaint, Lake-Michigan-situated convent by her concerned grandmother. Grandma’s hope is that the strict nuns will change the teen’s outlook on life. It doesn’t take long, though, for Birdie’s obsession with blood, via her inquisitive reactions to such bloody noses and her own menstruation, to rock not only her own world but those of the convent’s inhabitants, including the groundskeeper’s young daughter, with whom Birdie sparks a romance.
A storyboard artist for big Hollywood films like this year’s WONDER WOMAN, UK-based writer-director Elizabeth E. Schuch brings her visual flair to this beautifully shot and colorfully hypnotic debut. Schuch’s decision to cast only women wasn’t by accident—THE BOOK OF BIRDIE applies Gothic horror and Shirley-Jackson-like fantasy to a quietly unnerving story seeped in feminism. —Matt Barone

FESTIVALS: The Book of Birdie to Screen at BROOKLYN HORROR FILM FESTIVALS

Announcing our North American 
BROOKLYN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL TO CLOSE WITH THE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF THE MESMERIZING, ALL-FEMALE CASTED THE BOOK OF BIRDIE
THE BOOK OF BIRDIE

UK | 2017 | 90 min | Dir. Elizabeth E. Schuch

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

First-time director Elizabeth E. Schuch impressively blends psychological horror, whimsical fantasy, and feminist ideals in one-of-a-kind THE BOOK OF BIRDIE. Shy and fragile teenager Birdie’s unusual hallucinations, dark obsessions and fascination with blood are triggered as she’s forced into a remote convent and faced with what her fate will be.



MARKETS: THE BOOK OF BIRDIE @ CANNES 2017 // REEL SUSPECTS

10 May 2017

REEL SUSPECTS is rolling out sales for  THE BOOK OF BIRDIE at the Marche du Film at Cannes 2017.

Specializing in art house and genre, Reel Suspects are based in Paris, headed by Matteo Lovadina.

Meet the REEL SUSPECTS team at Riviera E3 
from 17-24 of May. 
You can see their full lineup here.

AWARDS: THE BOOK OF BIRDIE WINS 'BEST FEATURE FILM' AT STRANGER WITH MY FACE


For the fifth year in a row, Hobart’s quaint Peacock Theatre in Salamanca Place was overrun with female filmmakers and audiences primed for horror and genre movies with a focus on women’s perspectives. Co-founded by young Tasmanian filmmakers Briony Kidd and Rebecca Thomson, and largely volunteer-run, The Stranger With My Face International Film Festival (4 – 7 May)http://www.strangerwithmyface.com/ is a unique event that’s far more than a girlie horror fan club. It’s a festival that combines screenings of new work by local and international genre filmmakers, as well as retrospectives, networking events, and an invitation-only mentoring program (The Attic Lab) designed to actually midwife new films into the world by pairing emerging talents with established guests.

Voted one of the Top 5 Coolest Women’s Film Festivals in the world by Movie Maker Magazine in 2013, SWMFIFF has grown in scope and confidence, while retaining its intimate and cosy Tassie vibe. With just one big screen, this is the kind of festival where you can meet every other audience member and visiting filmmaker either in the cinema or at the bar. And, transcending its initial brief to feature horror, the program is now designed to have something for everyone – from hardcore horror to gentle, dreamy ghost stories, uncanny thrillers, and the odd comedic bloodbath thrown in.
Read more here

On closing night of the festival, THE BOOK OF BIRDIE was awarded 'Best Feature Film.'
We were thrilled to participate in this year's festival!
Award winners and guests: Director Gaylene Preston, Cinematographer Sandi Sissel,
Director Kaitlin Tinker,  Director Elizabeth E Schuch

FESTIVALS: 'The Book of Birdie' STRANGER WITH MY FACE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SCREENING

5 May 2017


THE BOOK OF BIRDIE has it's Australian Premiere tonight!
7.30 Peacock Cinema 
Salamanca Arts Centre
HOBART TASMANIA

FESTIVALS: The Book of Birdie to OPEN FANTASPOA

11 Apr 2017

THE BOOK OF BIRDIE will be the opening night featured film of the 2017 FANTASPOA FILM FESTIVAL in Porto Alegre, Brazil.   

Lead actress ILIRIDA MEMEDOVSKI, director ELIZABETH E SCHUCH, and co-writer/costumer ANAMI TARA SHUCART will be on hand for the screening. The 2017 Edition of FANTASPOA opens on the 19th of May.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: Created in 2005, Fantaspoa - International Fantastic Film Festival of Porto Alegre was the pioneer festival dedicated to bringing fantastic films to Brazil. Over its 12 years, Fantaspoa has become the biggest genre festival in Latin America and the main film event in the city of Porto Alegre and is now a reference for several artists as one of the most convivial festival experiences and a great window of exhibition for fantastic films in Brazil.


SCREENINGS: REEL SUSPECTS // THE BOOK OF BIRDIE Industry Screening at EFM 2017

3 Feb 2017

THE BOOK OF BIRDIE
heads to the European Film Market at the Berlinale International Film Festival 2017 with sales agents REEL SUSPECTS.


EFM INDUSTRY SCREENING:
MON. 13 FEB // 5:40 PM // 

CINEMAXX 14


For more information contact 

REEL SUSPECTS






PRESS: 5 WORLD PREMIERE FILMS TO SEE IN GÖTEBORG 2017 Including 'The Book of Birdie'

2 Feb 2017


5 Topical World Premieres to see at the Göteborg International Film Festival


"...The Book of Birdie is a personal favorite. An intelligent and incredibly stylish debut: where teenage Birdie is placed in a convent but cannot escape her bloody hallucinations." 
- Johan Blomqvist




TRAILER: See the first official trailer for THE BOOK OF BIRDIE

28 Jan 2017


Get a first look at the official trailer for The Book of Birdie:



PRESS: VARIETY - Sweden’s Goteborg Festival Opens... 'The Book of Birdie' Premieres

27 Jan 2017

Sweden’s Goteborg Festival Opens With ‘Tom of Finland,’ Celebrates the Best in Scandinavian Film, and Beyond

...Among the world premieres are U.K. director Elizabeth E. Schuch’s “The Book of Birdie, Swedish director Manuel Concha’s “Blind Alley,” Icelandic director Erlingur Ottar Thoroddsen’s “Rift,” and “Eternity,” the new film by Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung, who is also a jury member this year.

PRESS: Screen Anarchy drops the first stills and poster for THE BOOK OF BIRDIE

15 Jan 2017




SCREEN ANARCHY


10 January 2017
"UK writer-director Elizabeth E. Schuch makes her feature debut with The Book Of Birdie, a dark trip into the mind of a fragile girl.
We've got the first stills and poster art to share from this one and as you'd expect from a creator whose extensive art department credits include work as a concept artist on Pacific Rim: Uprising and story board work on the upcoming Wonder Woman, the visuals are very striking. "  

Read the whole article on Screen Anarchy.