Minds Meet presents

I'm the same I'm an other

A film by Caroline Strubbe

20/10/2013

 

The film

A man in his thirties is on the run with a young girl. As they take a ferry to the UK, traces of a common past come to light - a past filled with loss and sorrow. Fleeing in secret, they end up hiding in a small apartment at the seaside, where they live day-to-day, exploring each other’s emotional territories. Mourning will bind them, but is this alliance of dependence appropriate for them and for the outside world?

feature film - 103 min - DCP
directed and written by Caroline Strubbe - produced by Minds Meetcoproduced by Artemis Productions,
De Productie with the support of National Lottery of Belgium with Kimke Desart and Uldi Hajdu
The film will première at the Toronto International Film Festival 2013

About the director

After studying film at the Escuela Cinematográfica de Barcelona and some time at the Institut des Arts et de Diffusion (IAD) in Louvain-la-Neuve, Caroline Strubbe got noticed locally as well as internationally with her shorts Melanomen (1992) and Taxi Dancer (1996). She wrote several scripts, worked for national television, where she directed a series, and made commercials. Her feature film debut Lost Persons Area was selected for Cannes’ International Critics’ Week in 2009 where it took the SACD Prize for screenwriting. I’m the same I’m an other, Strubbe’s second feature, picks up where Lost Persons Area ended. It’s the second part in the Lost Persons trilogy.

About the producer

Tomas Leyers co-founded the Brussels-based production company Minds Meet with Caroline Strubbe. He started his EAVE workshops in 2006 and was a Producer on the Move in Cannes 2007. In 2008 he produced Strubbe's first feature Lost Persons Area (Cannes, Int’l Critics’ Week 2009) and the short Kaïn (Berlinale Shorts 2009) by Kristof Hoornaert. They also co-produced films like The Day God Walked Away (Toronto 2009), La cantante de tango (Locarno 2009) and Tango Libre (Venice, Orizzonti 2012). Later he picked up Little Baby Jesus of Flandr (Cannes, Directors’ Fortnight 2010) by Gust Van den Berghe whose Blue Bird he produced in 2011 (Directors’ Fortnight 2011). He also did the production on Tom Heene’s feature debut Welcome Home (Venice Critics’ Week, Montreal World Film Festival 2012). Recent and upcoming productions of Minds Meet include Liesbeth De Ceulaer’s documentary Behind The Redwood Curtain, Daniel Lambo’s local comedy Los Flamencos and Bas Devos’ debut feature Violet.

The actors

Kimke Desart

 

Zoltan Miklos Hajdu

Kimke Desart (Lembeke, March 2, 2000) is a young Belgian actress who in 2009 first appeared in the feature film Lost Persons Area by CarolineStrubbe. In this Cannes selected film she played the role of Tess. With the interpretation of her role as Tessa in Lost Persons Area she won the award for best actress at the film festival in Ostend Flemish film. This price was confirmed at the international film festival in Ourense, where once again won the award for best actress. Kimke also starred in the feature film Hasta la Vista (2011) by Geoffrey Enthoven in which she played the role of Yoni. She also worked on numerous short films. I'm the same, I'm an other (2013) of Caroline Strubbe's next feature film in which she plays a leading role.   Zoltan Miklos Hajdu has it all: he is an actor, a gymnast, a teacher, a life-coach. Happily married and the proud father of three wonderful sons. He discovered the joy of acting by playing the leading role in the successful Cannes selected Hungarian feature film White Palms directed by his brother Szabolcs Hajdu. Nowadays, Zoltan Miklos is living in Las Vegas where he stranded working for Cirque du Soleil. He starres in Caroline Strubbe first feature film Lost Persons Area (2009) playing the role of Szabolcs and now again in the second film of Caroline Strubbe’s Lost Persons Trilogy I’m the same I’m an other (2013). And we will certainly rediscover him in the third and last film to be shot in his hometown Budapest, Hungary.

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News

« A road movie. An unorthodox crime story. Portrait of an unlikely companionship »

"source: tiff.net"
18/10/2013

A road movie. An unorthodox crime story. Portrait of an unlikely companionship. Belgian director Caroline Strubbe's uniquely crafted second feature, I'm the same I'm an other, combines all of these to tell the moving story of a man and a child in mourning as they journey through Western Europe.

Szabolcs (Zoltán Miklós Hajdu), a scruffy thirty-year-old, speeds a car down an unspecified highway. His young companion, nine-year-old Tess (Kimke Desart), sits in the back. Their interactions are riddled with tension, but we don't yet understand why. As they make their way to a harbour, we slowly come to realize that they are on the run from something. Deep in the bowels of a passenger ferry, Szabolcs does his best to hide Tess's presence. A tragic discovery thrusts their relationship into a completely different realm. After disembarking from the ferry, they settle into a new home for themselves in a small, seaside cottage, where Szabolcs becomes father figure to the obsessive-compulsive Tess.

At once tough and tender, I'm the same I'm an other is an eerie vision full of telling silences and subtle gestures. Beautiful widescreen, desaturated cinematography, guided by Strubbe's sensitive eye, offers us striking passages set against a picturesque landscape. Built from an exceptional collection of details, the film asks for your patience — and rewards it with a precise, distilled portrait of a relationship.