Swiss Director Simon Jaquemet Explores World of A.I. in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Electric Child’

I'm quite into all this stuff, and follow what's going on,” he says. could advance to a super power, but I tried to tell the story in a super realistic way. “It has a possible premise of how A.I. Jaquemet has been developing the project for the past three to four years.
bubble,” he says. It's like this A.I. “It's kind of set in Zurich but it could just be another European city.
“No one comes here and writes you a check. As for the Venice event: “It's been great to try to find the missing money for this project and also to meet people for future projects,” says Jaquemet. It's more like you meet and follow up, but it's also so great to see our partners again for the first time since the pandemic began.”” />
Those include the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Zurich Film Foundation, Filmstiftung NRW, as well as TV channels SRF and ARTE. “We've raised a lot of the financing through government funds,” says Lamontanara.
character on a virtual island to save his child. While the mother and baby drift into their own world, the computer-science professor father develops a pact with an A.I. The story revolves around a couple whose child develops an unusual illness.
One of 57 projects that took part in the three-day Gap-Financing Market at the Venice Production Bridge – the Venice Film Festival’s match-making centric film-mart – the “Electric Child” team scheduled 35 meetings to help raise Euro 700,000 to complete a budget of Euro 4.6 million.
We have a couple more lined up. It's been challenging and interesting,” says Jaquemet. “We've been to a few already, including Fantasia and the Macau film markets.
The team started to raise finance at the Berlinale 2020, and then attended markets online, during the pandemic.
“It's an arthouse take on a sci-fi computer thriller, revolving around A.I. and parenthood. But it's not set in the future; it’s set in the now,” says the award-winning Swiss director, Simon Jaquemet, about his next project “Electric Child.”
The idea is to complete financing by the end of this year. “We hope to have the film ready by Spring 2023. Post production will take quite some time because we will have quite a large component of FX,” adds Lamontanara.
His second feature, “The Innocent,” premiered at Toronto’s prestige Platform section in 2018. The young helmer has notched up multiple awards and top fest engagements to date. It's Jaquemet’s highest budget to date, and his first English-language feature. Jaquemet’s first feature “War” (2014) won the Max Ophuls Award, among other prizes, and premiered in San Sebastián.
Ascot Elite is the Swiss distributor with Port au Prince distributing for Germany, and Epic Media in the Philippines. “We plan to begin filming in May 2022 for a nine-week shoot,” says Lamontanara.
The film will shoot in Switzerland, Germany and The Philippines.
Both are from the 8horses production company that Jaquemet founded with 10 other creatives in Zürich, where the film is set. Jaquemet is presenting “Electric Child” in Venice with Olga Lamontanara, one of the film’s producers.
“One layer of the film shows what's going on inside the experiment where a young person is trying to survive on a tropical island,” adds Jaquemet of the planned Philippines shoot, which comes with tax incentives.

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