Simon Buchner of simonsays.pictures pitching Turning Point by Jens Wischnewski from the novel Wende by Eva Ladipo.
FULL LENGTH NARRATIVE FEATURE 90 MIN
PRODUCTION COMPANY SIMONSAYS.PICTURES
WRITER/DIRECTOR JENS WISCHNEWSKI
NOVEL EVA LADIPO
PRODUCER SIMON BUCHNER
Based on the sensational novel Wende by Eva Ladipo, Turning Point is an international political conspiracy thriller with its roots in the reunification years, which plays principally between Frankfurt and London. Ambitious young lawyer René Hartenstein works at a Frankfurt energy company, where the death of a colleague under mysterious circumstances propels him into a hunt for the assassin that leads him into the arms of femme fatale Anna Smoktun.
Anna is a former Stasi agent from René’s East German home town, now a successful London businesswoman perhaps being run by Russian intelligence, attempting to manipulate German energy policy even to the point of violent sabotage. Who will survive this heady and dangerous game of cat and mouse?
In these days of fake news and media manipulation, Turning Point confronts the burning issues of who is really controlling the information we believe and shaping our political decisions at the highest level.
Jens Wischnewski trained at the Film Academy of Baden-Württemberg.
DIRECTOR’S SELECTED CREDITS
Die Reste Meines Lebens (The Rest of My Life) (Film, 2016) Produced by kurhaus production for Baden-Baden, SWR and Arte. Co-written with Julia C. Kaiser.
2016 Max Ophuls Filmfestival Prize –Youth Jury Prize and Best Screenplay
Die Welt Danach (Graduation Short Film, 2012) broadcast on SWR, Arte and BR.
2013 Lenzig Award, Festival of Nations, Austria; Runner-up Innsbruck Nature Film Festival; Neustrelitzer Nature Film Festival: Audience Award
Livestream (Film 2010, FBW broadcast on BR, SWR and Arte.
2011 Rome IFF Awards – Winner Student Short Film Competition
2010 Filmz Mainz; Audience Award/Max Ophuls Prize, nominated best mid-length film.