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promised land - Amka Films Productions SA
57th International Film Festival, Locarno
Official Competition
PROMISED LAND
a film by Michael Beltrami
2004 - 99 minutes - 35mm - Colors - 1:1.85 - Dolby Digital
Produced by Amka Films (Switzerland)
In co-production with Orione Cinematografica (Italy)
and
TSI-Swiss Television
Istituto Luce
Produced by
Tiziana Soudani
AMKA FILMS PRODUCTIONS, SA
Via Sole, 2, 6942 Savosa – Switzerland
Tel. +41 91 967 40 76 – mobile: +41 79 413 70 35
Fax +41 91 967 21 72
Email: [email protected]
www.amka.ch
And
TSI-Swiss Television
Co-produced by
Silvia Innocenzi, Giovanni Saulini
ORIONE CINEMATOGRAFICA
Via Papiniano, 10, 00136 Roma – Italy
Tel. +39 06 581 06 21
Fax. +39 06 581 12 20
Email: [email protected]
And
Istituto Luce
World Distribution
ADRIANA CHIESA ENTERPRISES, Rome
www.adrianachiesaenterprises.com
Swiss Distribution
Italian Distribution
COLUMBUS FILM AG, Zürich – www.columbusfilm.ch
Istituto Luce, Rome – www.luce.it
Contacts in Locarno
Swiss and international press:
Jean-Yves Gloor
Tel. +41 79 210 98 21
Tina Boillat
Tel. +41 79 423 78 44
Italian press:
Maria Antonietta Curione, Istituto Luce
Tel. +39 348 58 11 510
Photos available on the website:
www.promisedland.ch
PROMISED LAND – SHORT SYNOPSIS
Ethan Wildwood lives in his own world, midway between reality and dream. Escaping
Los Angeles and an actor’s life full of hardship and failure, he is given the task of
shooting short on-the-road stories by a documentary producer friend.
Driving his strange self-promoting car and equipped with a small video camera, he tells
the story of his journey and his encounters with ordinary people in the vast American
countryside. Haunted by memories and obsessive fantasies about when he was a
successful child-actor, Ethan seeks refuge in the simple everyday life of an aimless
traveler.
Until one day when he meets Vicky, a singer traveling from place to place searching
for her daughter Mary Jane, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances ten
years earlier. Ethan intrigued by the story starts his own personal investigation, which
will uncover hidden and unexpected truths. At the same time new roads open up to
him; roads that will lead him to better understand the latent aspects of his suffered,
peculiar existence.
PROMISED LAND - CAST
CHAD SMITH
RUTH GERSON
LALAINE
Ethan Wildwood
Vicky Dalton
Norma
GIUSEPPE CEDERNA
Mulligan
and
PATRICK BAUCHAU
Jim Williamson
WILLIAM SANDERSON
DEBORAH STRANG
SONYA EDDY
JAMES OTIS
CONNIE SAWYER
MELINDA PAGE HAMILTON
DAVID RIPLEY
PAMELA GORDON
ERNIE BANKS
JOHN MAYNARD
SUSAN JOHNSTON
STANLEY B. HERMANN
MARY STRONG
JANE YAMAMOTO
MARCELLA LAASH
CAREY DI PIETRO
ROB MATHES
STEPHAN CALLAS
LILLY JOHNSON
NIKKA MANGURAMAS
Clark
Sue
Claire
Ray
Hazel
Marisa
Duane
Pearl
Ozzie
Hank
Pamela
Snitch
as herself
as herself
mother at gas station
woman at gas station
man at gas station
Billy Boy
Marisa and Duane’s daughter
sad girl in the car
PROMISED LAND - CREW
directed by
screenplay by
director of photography
film editor
production designer
music by
original songs by
casting
sound
costume designer
photographer on set
sound editors
re-recording mixer
sound supervisor
first assistant director
unit production manager
line producer
co-producers
producer
MICHAEL BELTRAMI
MICHAEL BELTRAMI STEVE ANDERSON
FRANCESCA DEMICHELIS RICHARD ALEXANDER
ALEXA IHRT
ILARIA FRAIOLI
FABRIZIO NICORA
GIOVANNI VENOSTA - C.A.M. Originalsoundtracks
RUTH GERSON
JORY WEITZ
GREG COSH
FRANCINE LECOULTRE
PAWEL GULA
ALESSANDRO FELETTI MARTA BILLINGSLEY
DAMIEN BOUVIER
JEAN HOLTZMANN
MIRCO MENCACCI - S.A.M. Rome
T.K. SHOM
MAJA ZIMMERMANN
FULVIO VALSANGIACOMO
SILVIA INNOCENZI GIOVANNI SAULINI
TIZIANA SOUDANI
A production by
AMKA FILMS PRODUCTIONS - Switzerland
ORIONE CINEMATOGRAFICA - Italy
TSI - SWISS TELEVISION
in association with ISTITUTO LUCE
made with the support of
THE FEDERAL OFFICE OF CULTURE - (DHA)
CULTURAL FUNDS SUISSIMAGE
REPUBBLICA E CANTONE TICINO
STANLEY THOMAS JOHNSON FOUNDATION
A film sanctioned by
THE ITALIAN MINISTRY
FOR CULTURAL AFFAIRS
World Distribution
Swiss Distribution
Italian Distribution
ADRIANA CHIESA ENTERPRISES, ROME
COLUMBUS FILM, ZURICH
ISTITUTO LUCE, ROME
PROMISED LAND - DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT
Where does a story come from? In my experience (and I think I’m in good company),
stories grow along the fine line that divides the real and the imaginary. Often those
two dimensions become confused, to the point where you no longer know which is
which. That’s certainly true in my case – I’ve always succumbed to the vital charm of
that fascinating confusion – and its also true of Ethan Wildwood, the main character
in Promised Land.
The story of the film was inspired by a real-life character, a would-be actor whom I
met on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles some years ago. For me that man became a
kind of icon for all the people who dream of making movies and who, when that dream
fails to come true, gradually create a world of their own, losing touch with reality.
That way of taking refuge in an invented world, which borrows bites from reality then
uses the imagination to turn them into a story that is unique and true – that’s the key
to the meaning of this film.
In writing the screenplay I slowly transformed the real-life person into a “character”,
and in so doing I re-invented a possible story for him.
Without consciously meaning to, I found myself making a film about dreams and
nostalgia for lost childhood; about the search for identity of an individual who lives
his own life like a film. He’s a drop-out, a loser in a society that does not tolerate
mediocrity, let alone failure. It’s no surprise that Ethan Wildwood would love to
disappear without trace, to vanish in the vast open spaces of the boundless America
that reminds him, wherever he goes, of what for him is the land of the movies.
His solitude verges on madness. Reality blends with fiction in a subtle interaction that
the film deliberately never makes too explicit; the idea was to maintain a certain
ambiguity and to make room for this meeting point where the real and the imaginary
merge, creating a single story.
It was exciting to write and then make the film, keeping that ambiguity as a narrative
choice.
It was a fairly natural choice to make, too, in a film about someone like Ethan. It was
my love for a character of his kind, apparently all sham, a childish prisoner of his
futile ambitions, a dreamer to the end, that drove me to make the film in the first
place. To demonstrate that behind every “loser” is a human being with his own riches,
his own way of existing and his personal interpretation of life. One day when I was
still working on the script, an American producer asked me: how come you insist on
trying to make a film about a loser, who do you think is going to want to see it? Well,
in my opinion, “losers” or “drop-outs”, whatever people call them, are not trite and
predictable; on the contrary, they’re characters that experience the contradictions
of our time more intensely than others. Isn’t the history of the cinema full of movies
whose heroes and heroines are losers and no-hopers?
For me, this was a fantastic opportunity to go along for the ride on Ethan’s incredible
journey, and unleash my imagination together with his.
Michael Beltrami
DIRECTOR’S BIO-FILMOGRAPHY
Michael Beltrami
Born in Cologne in 1962, Michael Beltrami began at the age of 9 his first filmmaking
attempts with a super 8 camera. In 1981, when still a student and as an autodidact, he
began shooting his first film Bella? which he finished in 1984. The film was presented
at various European film festivals and was a revelation in competition at the 33rd
Mannheim International Film Festival. After working as an assistant director and
assistant editor, Beltrami moved for five years to Los Angeles, where he lived and
studied directing and script writing at the University of California. In 1991 he made
the documentary Our Hollywood Education, an original and at the same time ironical
journey into the myth of “film-making”. With this documentary he won in 1992 the
Swiss Film Center Award. For the following two years he worked as a line producer
for some independent U.S. and European features. Since 1993 he has collaborated
with Swiss Television, making a dozen or so documentaries to date. If his film Bella?
made exactly twenty years ago, was a sort of first practical film school, Promised
Land has now to be considered his true first professional feature film.
Films
“BELLA?” (1981-84)
Debut film, feature, 115 minutes
Participation at several Film Festivals: Mannheim; Torino, Solothurn, etc.
“CITY” (1985)
Experimental film, 12 minutes
“OUR HOLLYWOOD EDUCATION” (1991)
Documentary/Fiction, 85 minutes
Participation at several Film Festivals: Locarno; Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles,
Figueira da Foz, Solothurn, etc.
SWISS FILM CENTER AWARD FOR THE BEST LONG FILM OF THE YEAR 1992 - PROMISING
YOUNG DIRECTORS (Prize awarded at the Solothurner Filmtage 1992)
PRIZE FROM THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF CULTURE SWITZERLAND
“JOHANNA AND PATIENCE GO TO HOLLYWOOD” (1992)
Documentary, 20 minutes
“FIGLI DI TELL: L’EUROPA S’AVVICINA!” (1993)
TV Documentary, 47 minutes
FIRST PRIZE AS BEST EUROPEAN TV DOCUMENTARY PRIX CIRCOM 1994
“VIA DEL CENTENARIO DEL CINEMA” (1994-’95)
TV Documentary, 54 minutes
In the video competition Locarno int. Film Festival
“STORIE DI ORDINARIA MUSICA” (1995)
TV Documentary, 48minutes
“7 GIORNI IN OSPEDALE” (1996)
TV Documentary, 54 minutes
“MISSING IN BOSNIA - THE STORY OF AVDO PALIC” (1997)
Docu-drama for SWISS TV, 90 minutes
“DANZA LA TERRA” (1997)
TV Documentary for the European TV Magazine “ALICE”, 8 minutes
“IL PAESE CHE NON C’E’” (1997-98)
TV Documentary, 48 minutes
“INVITO A NOZZE - appunti per un film sulla coppia” (1998)
TV Documentary, 52 minutes
“MURI E FANTASMI” (1999)
Portrait of the writer and poet Alberto Nessi for the television series:
“Letters from Switzerland”, 17 minutes
“NIGHT & DAY - Fragments of American Life” (1999)
TV Documentary, 53 minutes
“VALENTINA E’ PARTITA” (2000)
Documentary, 80 minutes
In competition Torino int. Film Festival
Honorable Mention
"PROJECT ONOMA" (2001-2002)
7 Short films (7 x 7 minutes) for the National Swiss Exposition - EXPO.O2
"TRISTE E ARRABBIATO - LA STORIA DI MARIAN" (2002)
Documentary, 88 minutes
In competition Torino int. Film Festival
"PROMISED LAND" ( 2004)
Feature Film, 99 minutes
In competition 57th International Film Festival, Locarno
CHAD SMITH
Ethan Wildwood
Chad Smith grew up in a small mountain ski town in the rocky mountains of Idaho. He
was cast in his first movie at 18 years old, which solidified his ambition to become an
actor.
After studying theater in college, he spent ten years traveling around America doing
Community Theater and odd jobs to seek out a living.
In 2001, Chad met up with Bruce Willis in the same tiny ski town he grew up in and did
a production of True West by Sam Shepard. The play was a success and was filmed
for Showtime. With Bruce Willis’ encouragement Chad went to Hollywood and started
his film career with the war film Tears of the Sun .
Ethan Wildwood in PROMISED LAND is his first starring role in a film.
Chad Smith’s Films
Promised Land
Abominable
Hostage
Tears of the Sun
Dark Horse
Ethan
Deputy Parker
Knocks
Flea
Clint
Michael Beltrami
Ryan Schifrin
Florent Siri
Antoine Fuqua
David Hemmings
Vince
Austin
Jonesy
Medvedenko
Sandy
Pied Piper
Scrooge
Company Of Fools, Id
Einstein
New Theatre Co., Id
Austin
Showtime
Theatre:
Buried Child
True West
Side Man
The Seagull
The Philadelphia Story
The Pied Piper
A Christmas Carol
Picasso At The Lapine
Agile
Television:
True West
RUTH GERSON
Vicky Dalton
Ruth Gerson was born in New York and grew up in Brooklyn, listening to the songs and
music of Bob Dylan, Woodie Guthrie, Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin and REM. She
graduated from a Performing Arts High School and is a magna cum laude graduate of
Princeton University.
Ruth Gerson made her recording debut in 1995 with a low-budget concert album,
"Very Live!" that captured the fire of her shows. Since then, she has released
another four albums: “Fools and Kings" (1997); “Not Around Town – Bootlegs” (19961998); “Wish” (1999) e the recent “Wake to Echo” (2003). With a voice that rises from tender endearments to a bluesy, impassioned growl, Ruth
sings folk-rock songs that reach for the status of anthems; as someone wrote she's a
Bob Dylan fan who can be as galvanic as Bruce Springsteen. She writes songs that
combine an almost revolutionary political passion with a wry intellectual sensibility.
Ruth's goal as a singer is not to lecture but to connect with audiences through humor
and humility. She makes the kind of music that builds strong bonds with audiences.
Many of her songs tell stories and she sings them in a raw, passionate style.
Ruth was the first actress who was cast for PROMISED LAND. The director Michael
Beltrami saw her during a concert and was astonished by her resemblance with Vicky
Dalton, the character he was developing for the upcoming Promised Land script. This
encounter was so powerful that Beltrami decided to offer to Ruth her very first role
in a film. PROMISED LAND is in fact her film debut.
LALAINE
Norma
Recently named one of Teen People's "20 Teens Who Will Change The World," Lalaine
(actress, singer-songwriter) is internationally known as the charismatic and outspoken
teen Miranda Sanchez on the hit Disney Channel series, Lizzie McGuire. When Lalaine was 10, she landed a leading role in the Broadway production of Les
Miserables playing Little Cosette. Touring nationwide for almost a year with Les
Miserables, Lalaine spent most of her time with three other child actors in the play
and they had opportunities to experience things that most kids their age aren't
exposed to - which included creating their own charity events.
Lalaine went on to appear in numerous commercials, stage productions, and television
movies, including a key role in the Disney movie Annie with Kathy Bates, Audra
McDonald and the original Annie from Broadway, Andrea McArdle.
Then came Lizzie McGuire . Lalaine's role as Miranda on the Disney series has given
her "cult status" in the teen world and she now receives thousand of fan letters a
week. Her website www.lalaine.net averages 5,000,000 hits per month and she is
recognized by kids everywhere.
Lalaine has also appeared on Buffy on the Vampire Slayer, and starred in the Disney
movie, You Wish, which featured her first hit single. "You Wish" could be heard on
Radio Disney for over 6 months.
The young talent has been carving a reputation in the entertainment industry for
more than six years and in addition to several upcoming acting projects, she is now
returning to her roots of music and working on her first album which will be released
in the spring of 2005.
This is just the beginning for Lalaine. She continues her charity work and speaks on
behalf of the Disney program "Imagineer That!" She is also the celebrity
spokesperson for the "5 a Day Power Play" California campaign to encourage children
to eat healthy and get physically active. Norma in PROMISED LAND is her first key role in a feature film.
GIUSEPPE CEDERNA
Mulligan
Giuseppe Cederna was born in Rome in 1957. He’s been acting in film and theater. Best
known for his roles in Gabriele Salvatores’ Oscar winning film Mediterraneo and
Marrakesh Express. He is also a respected writer for travel related magazines and
newspapers. Recently he has published his first book “Il grande viaggio”.
In PROMISED LAND he plays the role of Mulligan (in fact Antonio Muligani), a small
time documentary producer who deals with road stories.
Giuseppe Cederna’s Films
Promised Land
Michael Beltrami
Cielo e Terra
Luca Mazzieri
El Alamein
Enzo Monteleone
Il partigiano Johnny
Guido Chiesa
Tu ridi
Paolo e Vittorio Taviani
Porzus
Renzo Martinelli
Bidoni
Felice Farina
Anime fiammeggianti
Davide Ferrario
Un'anima divisa in due
Silvio Soldini
Gangsters
Massimo Guglielmi
Mediterraneo
Gabriele Salvatores
(Academy Award Winner Best Foreign Film in 1992)
Italia - Germania 4-3
Andrea Barzini
Marrakech Express
Gabriele Salvatores
La famiglia
Ettore Scola
Mamma Ebe
Carlo Lizzani
Giulia in ottobre
Silvio Soldini
Fracchia contro Dracula
Neri Parenti
Enrico IV (2)
Marco Bellocchio
Occhei, occhei
Claudia Florio
Sogno di una notte d'estate
Gabriele Salvatores
Cercasi Gesù
Luigi Comencini
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2003
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PATRICK BAUCHAU
Jim Williamson
The versatile Patrick Bauchau has done a great deal of work in both TV and films
worldwide.
Patrick Bauchau was born in Brussels and raised in Belgium, England and Switzerland.
Patrick attended Oxford University on an academic scholarship and holds a degree in
modern languages. He speaks French, English, German, Spanish and Italian.
Patrick Bauchau's career began in the 1960s as a runner for French New Wave
director Eric Rohmer. That job eventually led to a starring role in Rohmer's La
Collectionneuse in 1967. In the '70s Patrick took a break from acting, during which
time he built furniture and created large stuffed-animal pillows for Salvador Dalì. He
returned to acting by the '80s, starring in the Wim Wenders film The State of
Things; the film won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival in 1982. He has
divided his time between the U.S. and elsewhere, appearing in a diverse range of
movies. Bauchau's credits include the critically-acclaimed indie films Choose Me, The
Rapture and Twin Falls Idaho, foreign films Entre Nous and The Music Teacher (both
nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film) and big-budget movies like
Clear and Present Danger, The Cell and Panic Room.
Patrick Bauchau has also had several roles in television movies and series, including a
Columbo movie special, the Fox series, Kindred: The Embraced and the NBC show The
Pretender. His first series was the Canadian show Mount Royal, for which Patrick
earned a Gemini Award nomination. He currently appears as Professor Lodz in the new
HBO series, Carnivàle.
Outside of work, Patrick spends time gardening, practicing yoga and preparing
vegetarian meals. He and his wife, Mijanou, have one adult daughter, Camille.
In PROMISED LAND, Patrick plays the role of Jim, a guitar shop owner who once
knew Vicky Dalton.
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Promised Land – 2004
Threat Matrix: Flipping - TV, 2003 (Frederick Vorn)
The Five Obstructions (AKA De Fem Benspænd) - 2003
(The perfect man, obstruction #3 Bruxelles)
Carnivale - TV, 2003 (Professor Lodz)
Shade - 2002 (Malini)
CEO (AKA Zhouxi zhixingguan) - 2002 (Monsieur de Reaumur)
Secretary - 2001 (Thomas Twardon)
Panic Room - 2001 (Stephen)
Jackpot - 2001 (Sevon Voice/Santa Claus)
The Pretender 2001 - TV, 2001 (Sydney)
The Beatnicks - 2000 (Hank)
The Cell - 2000 (Lucien Baines)
The Sculptress - 2000 (Paul)
Twin Falls Idaho - 1999 (Miles)
The Pretender - TV series, 1996 to present (Sydney)
Kindred: The Embraced - TV Series, 1996 (Archon Raine)
Enfants de salaud (AKA Bastard Brood) - 1996 (Pierre-Yves)
I Magi randagi (AKA We Free Kings, Amour pour Amour) - 1996 (Balthasar)
Jenipapo (AKA The Interview) - 1995 (Father Stephen Louis)
OP Center (AKA Tom Clancy's 'OP Center') - TV, 1995 (Kurt)
Serpent's Lair - 1995 (Sam)
Earth 2: The Greatest Love Story Never Told - TV, 1995 (Sheppard)
Damascus - Film Short, 1995 (Gunther)
Clear and Present Danger - 1994 (Enrique Rojas)
Lisbon Story (AKA Lisbonne Story, Viagem a Lisboa) - 1994 (Friedrich Munro)
The New Age - 1994 (Jean Levy)
Fortune Hunter: Triple Cross (AKA Fortune Hunter: The Corkscrew Intercept)
- TV, 1994 (Arno Rutman)
Dark Side of Genius - 1994 (Sherman McPhee)
Day of Reckoning - TV, 1993 (Andre Rouselle)
And the Band Played On - 1993 (Dr. Luc Montagnier)
The Beatnicks - Film Short, 1993 (Hank Kerchief)
Acting on Impulse (AKA Eyes of a Stranger, Roses are Dead, Secret Lies,
Secret Lives) - 1993 (Yoram Sussman)
Every Breath - 1993 (Richard)
Havanera 1820 - 1992 (Mr. Johnson)
Chain of Desire - 1992 (Jerald Buckley)
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From Time to Time (AKA Timekeeper, Le Visionarium) - 1992 (Part of an
attraction at Disney World's Tomorrowland)
Murder She Wrote: The Monte Carlo Murders - TV, 1992 (Inspector Morel)
Complicazioni nella notte (AKA Complications at Night) - 1992 (Boris Peralta)
Cat's Cradle - Film Short, 1992
Blood Ties - 1991 (Eli Chelarin)
The Rapture - 1991 (Vic)
Cómo levantar 1000 Kilos - 1991
Il Nodo alla cravatta (AKA The Knot in the Necktie) - 1991
Robert's Movie - 1991 (Robert)
Terranova (AKA Terra Nova, New Land) - 1991 (Roman Stal)
Nestor Burma - TV, 1991 (Bruno Baxter)
Lo más natural (AKA The Most Natural Thing) - 1990 (Pablo)
Erreur de jeunesse (AKA Youthful Indiscretion) - 1990 (Paul)
Double Identity (AKA Haute tension - frontière du Crime, Frontière du crime) 1990 (Raymond Ravennes)
Columbo: Murder, A Self-Portrait - TV, 1989 (Max Barsini)
Madonna and the Dragon (AKA La Madonne et le dragon, Madonna und der
Drache, Tinikling) - 1989 (Pavel)
Australia - 1989 (Andre Gauthier)
Comédie d'amour - 1989 (Vollard)
Visioni private (AKA Private Screening) - 1989
Le Maître de musique (AKA The Music Teacher) - 1989 (Prince Scotti)
La Mujer de tu vida: La Mujer perdida (The Woman of your Life: The Lost
Woman) - TV (Spain), 1988 (Dr. Hopkins)
La Travestie - 1988 (Raymond Ravennes)
Mount Royal (AKA Mont-Royal) - TV Series (Canada), 1987 (André Valeur)
Friendship's Death - 1987 (Kubler)
Love Among Thieves - TV, 1987 (Alan Channing)
Riviera - TV, 1987 (Riker)
Accroche-coeur (AKA Lovelock) - 1987 (Leo)
Cross - 1987 (Simon Lenhardt)
O Archangelos Tou Pathous (AKA Potlatch) - 1987 (Gregoire)
Balada da Praia dos Cães (AKA La Playa de los perros, Ballad of Dog's Beach) 1986 (Captain Dantas)
Le Conseil de famille (AKA Family Business) - 1986 (Octave, uncredited)
Motten im Licht (AKA Flies in the Light) - 1986
Lola - 1985 (Robert)
La Moitie de L'Amour (AKA Half of Love) - 1985
Kane & Abel - TV miniseries, 1985 (Ludwik)
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Christopher Columbus - TV, 1985 (Don Rodrigo)
Il Mondo dell'orrore di Dario Argento (AKA Dario Argento's World of Horror)
- 1985 (Himself/Inspector Rudolf Geiger)
A View to a Kill - 1985 (Scarpine)
Choose Me - 1984 (Zack Antoine)
La Femme publique (AKA The Public Woman) - 1984 (Ethel's father)
Phenomena (AKA Creepers) - 1984 (Inspector Geiger)
Nucleo Zero (AKA Nucleus Zero) - 1984 (Dettore)
Emmanuelle 4 - 1984 (Marc)
Coup de foudre (AKA Entre Nous, At First Sight, Between Us) - 1983 (Carlier)
Premiers désirs (AKA First Desires) - 1983 (Jordan)
Le Voyage D'Hiver (AKA Winter Journey) - 1983 (Adam)
Crystal Gazing - 1982 (Husband)
Enigma - 1982 (Russian Soldier, voice dubbed)
The State of Things (AKA Der Stand der Dinge, O Estado das Coisas) - 1982
(Friedrich Munro)
Guns - 1980 (Tony)
Tuset Street (AKA La Amante, The Lover) - 1971
La Collectionneuse (AKA The Collector, Six contes moraux IV: La
Collectionneuse) - 1967 (Adrien/also received credit for writing dialogue)
La Carrière de Suzanne (AKA Suzanne's Career) - 1963 (Frank, uncredited)
WILLIAM SANDERSON
Clark
William Sanderson grew up in Memphis, Tennessee.
It was not unusual for him to see his hero Elvis Presley driving along Memphis streets.
Like Elvis, William spent two years in the army, after which he attended Southern
Methodist University, and later earned a BBA degree and JD law degree from
Memphis State.
Perhaps William was still chasing the King when he opted out of the bar exam and
instead went to New York to take his shot at acting. He quickly began distinguishing
himself in a number of off-Broadway productions and independent film roles.
Apparently William gleaned some of the King’s magic. He soon set his sights on
heading West.
Early in his career William seemed practically to specialize in his unique brand of what
he likes to call “prairie scum.” All that changed with two inspired castings that would
reveal William’s versatility and bring him national exposure. Director Ridley Scott
cast him as the brilliant, gentle toy maker in the now classic science fiction film
BLADE RUNNER. Shortly afterwards a one time guest role became a successful eight
year run with William’s comedic talent on display as the quirky backwoodsman “Larry”
in the popular sitcom “NEWHART.”
William has played a host of distinct and diverse roles, routinely working opposite
Hollywood’s A-list talent. The 80’s saw him in films like THE ONION FIELD, LONE
WOLF MCQUADE, COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER, and CITY HEAT. In the 90’s his body
of work grew in a broad range of features including DEATH HUNT, THE ROCKETEER,
WAGON’S EAST (John Candy’s final film), John Grisham’s THE CLIENT (which
brought him home to Memphis) and more. In STANLEY’S GIG, William revealed what
was no surprise to those in the know – that he can just as easily support the mantle of
leading actor - with his poignant portrayal of the title character opposite Faye
Dunaway.
William has consistently and deftly moved between film and television, appearing in
such shows as ER, THE X-FILES, MAXIMUM BOB (series regular), THE PRACTICE,
THE TWILIGHT ZONE, and WITHOUT A TRACE. His television movies and miniseries include the award-winning LONESOME DOVE and its sequel; EXECUTIONER’S
SONG with Tommy Lee Jones; two MOW’S with John Frankenheimer: WALLACE and
the Civil War epic ANDERSONVILLE; Stephen King’s SOMETIMES THEY COME
BACK, BABYLON 5: THIRDSPACE; and Louis L’Amour’s CROSSFIRE TRAIL.
Most recently William was again on the big screen with Robert Duval in GODS AND
GENERALS.
In between film and tv work, William stays busy supplying the voice for numerous
cartoon characters, radio commercials, and books on tape.
In PROMISED LAND he plays Clark, an odd character running a Motel and Gas Station
in the middle of nowhere.
William Sanderson’s Films
Promised Land
Gods and Generals
Avatar
Never Get Outta' the Boat
Stanley's Gig
Last Man Standing
Phoenix
Critic's Choice
Wagons East
The Client
Raven Dance
Skeeter
Man's Best Friend
The Giant of Thunder Mountain
Rocketeer
Bladerunner
Deadly Weapon
The Man Who Broke A Thousand Chains
Dead Aim
Black Moon Rising
Fletch
City Heat
Nightmares
Death Hunt
Nice Guys Sleep Alone
Lone Wolf McQuade
Coal Miner's Daughter
Mirror, Mirror
Onion Field
Thunderground
Raggedy Man
Hooch
Times Square
Seed of Innocence
Stayin' Alive
Savage Weekend
Ballad of G. Cortez
Nobody Ever Died
China Lake
Hearsay
Hologram Man
Forest Warrior
FILMOGRAPHY AMKA FILMS PRODUCTIONS SA
Société anonyme au capital social de 100'000 francs suisses
Siège : Via R. Simen 99 A, 6648 Minusio-Locarno, Suisse
Bureaux : Via Sole 2, 6942 Savosa-Lugano, Suisse
Membre EFA (European Film Academy)
Membre ACE (Ateliers du Cinéma Européen)
Membre du GARP (Groupe Auteurs Réalisateurs Producteurs) Suisse
Administrateur unique: Tiziana Soudani, 1955, nationalité suisse et italienne
DE 2000 A 2002
TIZIANA SOUDANI A ETE DELEGUEE ET RESPONSABLE DE LA
PRODUCTION DE 143 FILMS-DOCUMENTAIRES REALISES POUR
EXPO.02, (Exposition Nationale) POUR LE PROJET “ONOMA”
FICTION:
2004
Promised Land, de Michael Beltrami, 99’, 35 mm (Amka Films,
Suisse/Orione Cinematografica, Italie) - Distribution pour la Suisse:
Columbus Film – Ventes internationales: Adriana Chiesa Enterprises
2004
Agata e la tempesta, de Silvio Soldini, 35mm (Albachiara/Mikado, Italie
/Amka Films, Suisse /Mercury, UK) - Distribution pour la Suisse: Columbus
Film - Ventes internationales: Adriana Chiesa Enterprises
2003
Vodka Lemon, de Hiner Saleem, 35mm (Dulciné, France/Sintra,
Italie/Amka Films, Suisse/Paradise Films, Arménie) - Distribution pour la
Suisse: Columbus Film - Ventes internationales: F for Film
Prix Meilleur Film Compétition Controcorrente, Festival de Venise
2003, Selection au Toronto Film Festival 2003, Grand Prix et deux
prix parrallèles au Festival de Mons, 2004, Golden Cyclo award et
Prix Langues’O au Festival int. du film asiatique de Vesoul 2004
2002
Novo, de Jean Pierre Limosin, 90’, 35 mm (Lumen Films, France / Amka
Films, Suisse, Alta Film, Espagne), avec Norberto Noriega, Anna
Mouglalis, Eric Caravaca - Distribution pour la Suisse: Frenetic - Ventes
internationales: Celluloid Dreams
2002
Collaboration avec Albachiara, Italie pour le film La forza del passato de
Piergiorgio Gay (en compétition à Venise, 2002)
2001
La malediction du miroir de Frédéric Maire, 15’, Digital video>35 mm (La
Lanterne Magique, Amka Films, Télévision suisse)
2000
Pane e Tulipani de Silvio Soldini, 110’, 35 mm
(Pain, tulipes et comédies, Bread and Tulips, Brot und Tulpen)
(Monogatari, Italie / Amka Films Suisse), avec Bruno Ganz, Licia
Maglietta, Marina Massironi , Giuseppe Battiston - Distribution pour la
Suisse: Columbus Film - Ventes internationales: Adriana Chiesa
Enterprises, 9 Prix David de Donatello en l’an 2000 – Plusieurs Prix et
distribution dans plus de 80 pays
2000
Adanggaman de Roger Gnoan M’Bala, 90’, 35mm
coproduction France/Suisse/Côte d’Ivoire/Burkina Faso – avec la
participation de la Télévision Suisse, de Canal Plus Horizons et de Fabrica
Spa, Italie, pré-vente RAI Cinema et Istituto Luce, Différents Prix
Préstigieux
1998
Souko, cinématographe en carton de Issiaka Konaté, 30’, 35 mm (Amka
Films Suisse / IMTM Film France), Pluriprimé dans le monde entier
1997-98
Waalo Fendo (là où la terre gèle)" de Mohammed Soudani, 70’, 16 mm
(Amka Films / TSI /RTI) Prix meilleur film suisse 1998 et Autres
Différents Prix
1997
Homère ou “Nel profondo paese straniero” de Fabio Carpi, 90’, 35 mm coproduction tripartite Italie/Suisse/France avec le concours de
Eurimages - Différents Prix
1996
Bestseller" de Danny De Ritis, 30’, (Amka Films / TSI)
1994
Il lattaio de Michelangelo Gandolfi, tiré d'un récit de Peter Bichsel, 26’
(Amka Films / TSI)
1993
Au Nom du Christ de Roger Gnoan M'Bala, 85’, 35 mm
Amka Films Suisse / Abyssa Film Côte d’Ivoire), Grand Prix Fespaco
1993, Prix de la Jeunesse Locarno 1993- Plusieurs Prix
DOCUMENTAIRES DE CREATION POUR LE CINEMA:
2004
Dated, de Edo Bertoglio, digital>35mm, 70' (Amka Films, Suisse/Downtown
Pictures, Italie) - Distribution pour la Suisse: Columbus Film – e n
production
2004
Nocaut de Stefano Knuchel et Ivan Nurchis, documentaire de création
pour le cinéma, 65’, 35mm- Distribution pour la Suisse: Columbus Film –
Ventes internationales: F for Film
2002
Guerre sans images, de Mohammed Soudani avec Michael von
Graffenried, 90’, 35mm, film-documentaire (Amka Films, Suisse/IMTM
Film, France) – Arte - Distribution pour la Suisse: Columbus Film – Ventes
internationales: 10 Francs – Invité dans le monde entier
2000
Pretty Colors, de Jesse A. Allaoua , digital, 75’ – Festival de Locarno
“Compétition vidéo”
1998
Sud: Les diseurs d’histoires de Mohammed Soudani, 90’ – filmdocumentaire
(Amka Films / Fabrica Cinema/ TSI / DDC / UE)
DOCUMENTAIRES POUR LA TELEVISION:
2004
A’ la recherche de Mademoiselle Else, de Daniel Maurer et Sandy
Kopitopoulos, 52’, Digitavideo (en post-production)
2004
Photo-suisse: 5 documentaires de 12’chacun sur 5 photographes suisses
réalisés par: Manuela Andreoli, Misha Györik, Jesse Allaoua, Silvano
Repetto, Mohammed Soudani
2004
“Sarita che lasciò la porta aperta” de Alessandra Müller, documentaire
de création sur Sara Gomez, 80’, Digitalvideo (en post-production)
2004
Domenica, che bella la domenica, de Mohammed Soudani, 52’
2004
Storie d’amore (“La coppia che non c’è” – “Benôit et Paula” –
“Aspettando Nemo”), documentaire en trois volets de 26' de: Jesse
Allaoua, Misha Györik et Alessandra Müller (Amka Films/TSI)
2003
« Kart 26», de Mohammed Soudani, 15’ pour EBU/Eurovision (plus de 16
chaînes), Digitalvideo
2000
2000
1999
1999
1999
1999
1996
1992
1992
1991
1990
1990
1989
27 Dollari (Bangladesh), de Giorgio Garini, digital, 52’ - (Amka Films /
Monogatari Srl / TSI / Tele+)
Vivere, de Mohammed Soudani, digital, 52’ - (Amka Films / TSI)
La paura del cielo Lettera dalla Svizzera: Fleur Jaeggy de Misha
Györik, digital, 17’ (Amka Films / TSI)
Muri e Fantasmi - Lettere dalla Svizzera: Alberto Nessi de Michael
Beltrami, digital, 17’ (Amka Films / TSI)
Gente di Lago de Mohammed Soudani, digital 52’, (Amka Films / TSI /
SSR)
D’après une idée de M. Soudani série de 52 épisodes de 2’
“Juste 2 Minutes / Solo 2 Minuti / Nur 2 Minuten” sur des personnages
suisses, digital – en diffusion pendant toute l’année 1999 sur SSR, TSR et
TSI en trois langues
Cérémonie funébres de différentes sociétés en Suisse de Mohammed
Soudani, digital, 52’ (Amka Films / TSI)
Murales de Mohammed Soudani, digital, 26' (Amka Films / COE)
Dans le canari des plantes de Idrissa Diabaté, 30’, 16 mm, (Amka Films /
COE)
Hommage de Mohammed Soudani, digital, 52' (Amka Films / RTI /
Strategic Bartering)
Abidjan ville de contrastes de Mohammed Soudani, 26', 16 mm
(Amka Films / RTI)
Yiribakro, bois sacré de Mohammed Soudani, 26', 16 mm
avec la collaboration de Roger Gnoan M’Bala et JeanMarie Adiaffi
(Amka Films / RTI)
Nawa, l’homme et l’eau de Mohammed Soudani, 26', 16 mm
(Amka Films / RTI)
FILMOGRAPHY ORIONE CINEMATOGRAFICA
La Orione Cinematografica opera nel campo della produzione audiovisiva dal febbraio del 1999,ed ha canalizzato la sua attività su
due aree ben distinte: produzione cinematografica/audiovisiva , e service di
post-produzione – montaggio digitale non lineare, realizzazione di prodotti multimediali, cd-rom ed altro-.
Alcune delle produzioni realizzate:
LUNGOMETRAGGI
realizzati:
• PROMISED LAND, regia di Michael Beltrami, 99’, 35 mm
(Amka Films, Svizzera/Orione Cinematografica, Italia – 2004)
Film riconosciuto di “interesse culturale nazionale” dal Ministero dei Beni e delle
Attività Culturali Italiano.
Distribuzione per l’Italia: Istituto Luce – Distrib. per la Svizzera: Columbus Film –
Vendite internazionali: Adriana Chiesa Enterprises - Vendita diritti Pay-tv:
SKYTV
•
IL MAGICO NATALE DI RUPERT regia di Flavio Moretti
(in associazione con Unistudio s.n.c. – Italia – 2003)
Film riconosciuto di “interesse culturale nazionale” dal Ministero dei Beni e delle
Attività Culturali Italiano, ha ottenuto il finanziamento sul fondo particolare
d’intervento per la cinematografia.
Distribuzione: Istituto Luce
Vendita diritti Pay-tv: Tele+
•
LO SCIPPO regia di Massimo De Pascale, 90’, 35 mm
(in associazione con Suburbia Multimedia S.a.S. Italia – 2001)
Il film è stato presentato al Torino Film Festival 2001 nella sezione “Orizzonte
Europa”
Vendita diritti Pay-tv: Tele+
in post-produzione:
•
QUANDO I BAMBINI GIOCANO IN CIELO regia Lorenzo Hendel
(Orione Cinematografica, Italia/Zentropa, Danimarca/Saga Film, Islanda/ Sigma
Film, Inghilterra)
Il progetto è stato riconosciuto di “interesse culturale nazionale” dal Ministero dei
Beni e delle Attività Culturali Italiano, ed ha ottenuto il finanziamento sul fondo
particolare d’intervento per la cinematografia. Ha usufruito del contributo per lo
sviluppo e la distribuzione del Programma “Media II” e del finanziamento di
Eurimage.
Distribuzione per l’Italia: Istituto Luce – Vendite internazionali Trust film Vendita diritti Pay-tv: SKYTV
CORTOMETRAGGI
In preparazione:
•
RANA, RANOCCHIA regia Silvia Innocenzi
Il progetto è stato riconosciuto di “interesse culturale nazionale” dal Ministero
dei Beni delle Attività Culturali Italiano, ed ha ottenuto il finanziamento sul
fondo particolare d’intervento per la cinematografia.
Vendita diritti Pay-tv: SKYTV
DOCUMENTARI
realizzati:
•
“OTTAVIO MARIO MAI” regia di Alberto Golinelli e Giovanni Minerba
anno di produzione 2002, per Canal Jimmy, formato DIGITALBETA
•
“CODES, MAKERS AND HACKERS” regia Jannik Splidsboel
anno di produzione 2001, per Tele+, formato DIGITALBETA
•
“PROGETTO MOSE’” regia di Silvia Innocenzi
anno di produzione 2001 – formato DV
•
“CHE COS’E’ MAI QUESTO AMORE’” regia Giovanni Minerba
anno di prod.2000, presente al Torino Film Festival 2000 nella sezione Sopralluoghi
Italiani – form.BETA
•
“IL DIAVOLO IN CONVENTO” regia di Silvia Innocenzi
anno di produzione 2000, per il programma “i ragazzi del 99” raitre, formato BETA
•
“BELLE DENTRO E FUORI” regia di Silvia Innocenzi
anno di produzione 2000, per il programma “i ragazzi del 99” raitre, formato DV
•
“L’AVVOCATO DEL DIAVOLO” regia di Silvia Innocenzi
anno di produzione 2000, per il programma “i ragazzi del 99” raitre, formato DV
•
“MAMMA FIAT” regia di Silvia Innocenzi
anno di produzione 2000, per il programma “i ragazzi del 99” raitre, formato DV
•
“CENTOCELLE NIGHTMARE” regia di Silvia Innocenzi
anno di produzione 1999, per il programma “i ragazzi del 99” raitre, formato DV
•
“PROMESSE GRANATA” regia di Silvia Innocenzi
anno di produzione 1999, in concorso al Torino Film Festival nella sezione “Spazio
Italia”, formato 35mm
in preparazione:
•
“GROENLANDIA: VOCI IN DISSOLVENZA” regia Innocenzi- Hendel
progetto sostenuto dal Programma “Media II” per lo sviluppo audiovisivo.
AUDIOVISIVI MULTIMEDIALI:
prodotti:
•
“FRONTI DI PACE” CD-Rom
distribuzione Nuova Iniziative Editoriali SpA
in post-produzione:
•
“SANREMO A ME REGORDU” CD-Rom
per la Regione Liguria e il comune di Sanremo
•
Nel 1999 la società ha collaborato alla realizzazione della serie di documentari storico-culturali “Storia d’Italia del XX
secolo” (25 episodi prod. Istituto Luce) fornendo il service di riprese.

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