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Keren Cogan Films is an Amsterdam-based company. We look for filmmakers with a distinct and authentic signature, sharing our love and excitement for daring and extraordinary storytelling. We bring creative talent together and make it work; our mission is to help and challenge filmmakers to realize their full potential.
Jesse Upside down
Release: spring 2019. Status: financing. Sort: feature-length film, 90 min. Genre: tragicomedy. Director: Peter Hoogendoorn. Screenwriter: Peter Hoogendoorn. Cast: Georgina Verbaan (yet to be confirmed). Co-producer: Phanta Film.
“I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.”
Just like in Nina Simone’s unforgettable song “AIN’T GOT NO”, JESSE (37) has no job, money, love, god, man, children and mother …but she got a smile, a heart, a soul and some true friends. She got the life!
The film draws a humoristic portrait of a sympathetic, but desperately dysfunctional woman approaching the forties, who makes a total mess of her life, and cannot stop doing it. In Jesse Upside Down, we follow Jesse for a year. From summer through winter to summer again. With seasons, nature and weather changing alongside the bumpy path of her everyday life.
Release: 2018. Status: financing. Sort: featurelength film, 90 min. Genre: drama. Director: Beri Shalmashi. Screenwriter: Chafina Ben Dahman & Beri Shalmashi. Co-producer: Phanta Film.
After a terrible car accident Hanane (Moroccan-Dutch, 37) ends up in a wheelchair. Her husband Frank (Dutch, 38) claims their marriage had been dysfunctional for a long time and leaves her. When she reaches rock bottom her younger brother Hassan (33) comes and takes her back to her parents house.
There she is being taken in by the love she has run from so hard. She can’t take care of herself and although she is ashamed and loathes the situation she has no other option than accepting the help of her parents. Hanane will have to learn to accept and love herself again, by doing so she will finally find peace with her parents and accept the love she feels for them and for her heritage.