Strings has been chosen to play in competition at this year’s Raindance Film Festival. Despite the writer and director only being 17 years of age at the time of production, the film has received a Best Debut Feature nomination at the festival. Rob Savage, the director, is one of the youngest people ever to receive a Feature Film nomination at the festival.
Rob, who has no formal film training, started writing the film when he was just 16 years old after watching the German film Requiem. He was so enamoured by the film that he contacted the film’s lead actress (Sandra Hüller,who won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for her performance in the film) and she encouraged him to start developing his first feature.
The film is about a German exchange student who begins an impulsive and ultimately destructive relationship with a shy British boy in her final weeks before returning to Munich and her warring family. It was shot partly in German with a translator present (we do not speak the language) and partly in English, with an extended rehearsal period of structured improvisation around the original script.
Rob has also had great success outside of Strings. His short films have won numerous awards, including the BFI Future Film award and second place at the Sci-Fi-London 48 Hour Film challenge, the competition that introduced the world to Gareth Edwards of the Monsters fame. Strings also got Rob a place on the renowned Berlin Film Festival Talent Campus, where he was mentored by filmmakers such as Werner Herzog and Mike Leigh.
Looks incredible – more on this soon…
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