July 21, 2020

HERETIC wraps principle photography on its first English- language film, starring Willem Dafoe.

“Inside”, the first English language project developed by Heretic, the boutique film house known for bold, award-winning art-house films such as Son of Sofia, Pari, the 2021 Berlinale Golden Bear winner “Bad Luck Banging Or Loony Porn” (as sales) and the upcoming “Triangle of Sadness” from Oscar-nominee Ruben Östlund (as executive-producers), has wrapped principle photography on June 1st at the MMC Film & TV Studios in Cologne.

“Inside” is the debut feature of Vassilis Katsoupis and it was written by Ben Hopkins on an idea of the director. The film is a 3 party co-production backed by the leading European production companies Schiwago Films (Styx, Lara) and A Private View (Oxygen, Dirty God). MMC Movies Cologne is co-producing on the German side. Bankside is handling international sales and Square One Entertainment is distributing in German territories.

“Inside” is a hi concept psychological suspense drama following the struggles of an art thief who, in his attempt to steal valuable pieces of art becomes trapped in a luxury, high-tech penthouse when his heist does not go as planned. The film was developed by Karnavas in the context of his participation at the Inside Pictures programme in 2017.

“Inside” is our first English-language film to be developed and produced from start to finish by Heretic,” said Producer and Heretic Founding Partner Giorgos Karnavas. “The film was designed to be both artistically challenging and accessible to international audiences. Bringing together Willem Dafoe, for what is essential a one-man show, with debut-director Vassilis Katsoupis in the middle of the Covid-pandemic may sound impossible but it has instead been a dream. We are very much looking forward to presenting Inside inside cinemas with real-life audiences worldwide.”

Director Vassilis Katsoupis said: “I feel extremely privileged to have been able to shoot “Inside” the way I did. There are so many people I want to thank for this amazing journey but a special thanks has to go to Willem who believed in our vision from the very start, giving us the opportunity to bring “Inside” to life.”

Produced by Heretic, Schiwago and A Private View, funders for “Inside” are Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Greek Film Center, Screen Flanders, Eurimages, ERT, EKOME, the Belgium Tax Shelter, the German Federal Film Fund, and MFG Medien und Filmgesellschaft Baden- Wurttemberg. “Inside” is a co-production with MMC Movies and is produced in association with Bord Carde films/Sovereign Films. The film was supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

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