First official film still of ZAZY. Credit: gilles mann filmproduktion 2015

First Official Film Still of ‘Zazy’ – The Co-Production Partners Visit the Film Set

On March 30th, the co-production partners of the feature film Zazy (WT) visited the shooting location at Ehreshoven Castle, near Cologne, Germany. In addition, the first official film still was published, showing Ruby O. Fee in the title role.

On Monday, March 30th, 2015, the co-production partners, Bastie Griese and Philip Borbély from MMC Movies, Andre Paulssen from WeFadeToGrey, Stephan Colli from Torus and Monika Allegretti from Ludwig Kameraverleih visited the team around author and director, M.X.Oberg and the producers, Daniel Mann and Marco Gilles, on the film set of Zazy (working title) at Ehreshoven Castle in Engelskirchen, near Cologne.

They got a first impression of the ongoing shooting with the leading actors, Ruby O. Fee (Zazy) and Paul Boche (Tomek).

“We feel very fortunate to have won the public channels, WDR and RBB, and the companies, WeFadeToGrey, Torus, Maier Bros., and Ludwig Kameraverleih, as partners for this project. They are not only co-financiers, but also do excellent work in their fields, i.e. lighting, camera, sound editing and post-production. Our special thanks go to the Film- and Medienstiftung NRW, which has supported our project with a substantial financial contribution. Accordingly, we are looking forward to shooting the movie with an outstanding team. Except for the filming abroad in the province of Trentino (Italy), all of the shooting will take place in North Rhine-Westphalia. We have a long-standing partnership with MMC Movies. It’s fantastic to have MMC Movies on board, as co-producers for Zazy; they strongly support us with the project’s preparation, financing, and the execution of production processes”, say producers, Daniel Mann and Marco Gilles.

The gilles mann filmproduktion also published the first official film still with Ruby O. Fee starring in the leading role as Zazy.

Brief Synopsis:
Zazy (18) does an apprenticeship as a tailor in a little city in the region of Trentino (Italy). There, she gets to know the elegant and quite wealthy Marianna (39) from Germany, and scents the opportunity to ascend to a better class. Together with her boyfriend, Tomek (23), Zazy finds a way to sneak into Marianna’s life. Soon, the young couple has a firm grip on Marianna—a sadistic power game begins.

Zazy is played by Ruby O. Fee, who is currently to be seen in German cinemas in the movie, Als wir träumten (As We Were Dreaming), by Andreas Dresen. Als wir träumten celebrated its world premiere at this year’s Berlinale Competition. For her role in the episode, Happy Birthday, Sarah of the German crime series, Tatort, Ruby O. Fee was honored with the Cinema Jupiter Award for Best National Actress 2014, and with the German Television Prize, Günter-Strack-Fernsehpreis, for Best New Actress. She is one of the most promising and most successful young German actresses.

Side by side with Ruby O. Fee and in front of DOP, Ralf M. Mendle, Paul Boche plays the role of Zazy’s boyfriend Tomek, Petra Van de Voort plays Marianna, and Philippe Brenninkmeyer plays her husband Maximilian.

M.X.Oberg is responsible for screenplay and direction. Before, M.X.Oberg was able to enter an international success with his arthouse movie The Stratosphere Girl.

Zazy is produced by the Cologne-based production company, gilles mann filmproduktion, with producers Daniel Mann and Marco Gilles, in co-production with MMC Movies, Bastie Griese and Philip Borbély, in association with WeFadeToGrey, Torus, Maier Bros., and Ludwig Kameraverleih.

Andrea Hanke is responsible on behalf of the German broadcaster, WDR, and Cooky Ziesche for broadcaster RBB. Film distributor, Joachim Kühn (Real Fiction Filmverleih), will bring Zazy to the movie theaters. Theatrical release is announced for summer 2016. The production is supported by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, and the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF).

The shooting will take place until mid-April in Cologne, in the MMC Studios, throughout North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), and will end in Riva del Garda in the region of Trentino (North Italy).

Photo: First film still of Zazy with Ruby O. Fee starring in the title role. © gilles·mann filmproduktion 2015