Hired by a Russian company which operates on a coal mine in a lost Norwegian archipelago near the North Pole, two young Ukrainian brothers arrive in Svalbard in the hope of a better life. Near the premise, Viktor and Alexis discover a former Soviet colony of three hundred people, entirely Russian speaking, poor, cut off from the world and depressed. Every day, buses full of western, wealthy, detached tourists come from the town on the other side of
the island where no coal worker is allowed to go. Alexis has clearly difficulties to adapt to this new life in the Russian village, much more than his little brother. One day, he manages to spend a night on the other side, as a “tourist”. From this moment, Alexis, wants only one thing: take all the risks and migrate to the Norwegian side, even if it means separating from his brother.
Working title: TOURIST
Format: 90’ featuring-documentary
Status: In production
Film director: Jean-Louis Schuller
Writer: Jeremie Dubois
Producers: Stéphane Hueber-Blies (LU) and Olivier Dubois (BE)
Production companies: a_BAHN (LU), NOVAK Productions (BE), PICTANOVO (FR) and WALLIMAGE (BE)
With the financial support of: FILMFUND LUXEMBOURG, WALLIMAGE (BE) and PICTANOVO (FR)
Director and scriptwriter
Jean-Louis Schuller is a director and cinematographer. He recently directed The Road Uphill (2011), a feature-length documentary which follows Leopard Trek, the Luxembourgish cycle team, training and competing in the 2011 Tour de France; HIGH/LOW (2010), a medium length documentary which he co-directed with Sam Blair and was awarded “Best Documentary” at the 2012 Luxembourg Film Prize; and Chungking Dream (2008), which was featured in the Silver Docs, Sheffield DocFest and Clermont-Ferrand film festivals and acquired by the MUDAM Collection, Luxembourg. He was also commissioned to represent Luxembourg with Faces, a seven-screen installation, at the 2010 Shanghai EXPO. Jean-Louis has just finished his latest feature documentary named Black Harvest.
After graduating from FEMIS and NFTS London Jeremie worked as a screenwriter and director. He writes for Vincent Macaigne, Armel Hostiou, Elodie Bouedec, Akihiro Hata, Camille Lugan or Ducki Tomek. He is also scenario consultant and participates in several committees and support funds in France (Advance on Film Revenues Commission or CNC Cinema du Monde) or abroad (feature film selection committee at the Solothurn Film Festival, consultant in the workshop in Asia Minor Produce in the South). Jeremie also saw his first film selected for the Critics’ Week in CANNES.
A PART OF A GLOBAL TRANSMEDIA: TOURIST PROJECT
TOURIST is an international transmedia documentary project that reveals the market-based orchestration, the staging of your own holidays by the biggest industry in the world: the tourism industry. This ‘touristified’ world is now reduced to a mere set, an enchanted space
based on the imagination, somewhere between supply and demand. TOURIST invites you to discover the other side of this set.