European Genre Forum
Canada, 1918. The world is in the grip of Spanish flu. When their mother is infected with the virus, Marilee (13) and James (8), the children of Lithuanian immigrants, are forced to fend for themselves. In a log cabin, far from the raging pandemic, they await the return of their father from the European Front. To prevent her brother from going back home, Marilee tells him the old folktale of Tinginys, a dangerous creature who is said to wreak havoc in the woods. All alone and full of fear, the two must learn to tell the difference between fantasy and real danger and distinguish those to be trusted from those to be feared.
After a degree in acting and history of theatre and a master in photography, Maximilien Dejoie made his feature film debut in 2013 with the mockumentary The Gerber Syndrome. In 2016 he co-directed the documentary When We Talk About KGB presented at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival followed by I’ll Stand by You, scheduled to be released in 2020. In 2019 he was one of the four filmmakers selected by The New York Times’s T Brand Studio. Tinginys will be his second feature length film.
Roberto Cavallini is a film and creative producer, selected and nominated as one of the European Emerging Producers 2020 by Jihlava IDFF. He was awarded a PhD in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths (University of London). Since 2019 he works as producer at Albolina Film, a production company based in Italy's South Tyrol, committed to the development and realization of arthouse and genre films, social documentaries and acting as executive producer for foreign productions in Italy.