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Drama / Thriller with surreal elements
Erica is a feature-length, dark surrealistic drama centred around three women hovering between self-destruction, catharsis, and survival. The film touches on themes like maternity, dealing with loss and grief, mental health, and baby loss.
A distraught expectant mother is running away from an abusive home to ensure the safety of her baby - only to find that the one thing she cannot leave behind is her
Erica is based on the short drama Sacrifice (2019).
Magdalena Herfurtner is a German producer, writer, and musician, resident in London.
She is currently in development and production of several feature and short films, amongst them the short drama Sacrifice (2019) and the features Somewhere In-between (2020) and Erica (2020).
Magdalena has been trained as an actress and classical singer at University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich/Germany. In 2015, she relocated to London where she took screenwriting classes at Central Film School. That same year, she became Quarter-Finalist of the Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition with her feature film script Walking on the Flatline.
She co-produced the multi-award-winning short film The Power of One Coin (2018), line-produced Sergei Alexander's feature debut Beneath Desire (2019) and recently has released several ambient EPs as Madil Hardis.
Magdalena is a German vocalist and performer with over 15 years of stage and studio experience in Germany and the UK.
She recently starred in the experimental short film Sacrifice and will be playing one of the lead roles in the upcoming feature adaptation of the short, Erica.
Magdalena trained at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich/Germany and has been part of various theatre productions including Die schöne Lau at Isny Opera Festival and Der Kaiser von Atlantis at Gasteig Munich.
She released two studio albums with the German Gothic band Eycromon - Awake from the Sleepers (2011) and Repressure (2013), and produced and starred in several of their music videos.
In 2015, Magdalena relocated to London where she is working as a freelance filmmaker, musician, and performer.
Carla is an Irish actress based in London. She is a recent graduate of Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
In Dublin she was among the first actors to start up the Actors Studio in Bow Street Academy, training under renowned acting coach Gerry Grennell and working with directors such as Jim Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan.
She has worked on both stage and screen from Shakespeare to Tenessee Williams to new writing from emerging talent. Screen work which has taken her from the 18th century through the 60's, 70's to present day and psychological horrors to comedy includes King of the Travellers, Love and Friendship, The Girls, Getting There and Look Closer.
WHY WE WANT TO MAKE THIS FILM
“When I started developing the initial concept for this feature, little did I know how much of my own experience would be making its way into the plot. There was something inexplicable that attracted me to the subject - and so I simply followed my instincts and kept digging.
What I found - and what became my biggest inspiration for Erica - was a piece of myself that had been missing for a long time.
Ten years ago, when I was in my early twenties, I had a miscarriage in the first trimester of my pregnancy. Back then, I didn’t talk about this with anyone. I dealt with the pain and grief I felt all by myself - and I locked it away. I felt so many contrasting emotions: sadness, guilt, desperation, fear, shame - and a lot of physical pain.
Looking back at this experience now - and looking around at family members and friends who had similar experiences - I wish for anyone who has or had to go through something like this that they know they can openly talk about their feelings with the people they love and that they don’t feel like they have to hide what happened to them from society or to erase it from their history.
This film aims to explore themes like maternity, dealing with loss and grief, and mental health, and to give an insight into the experience of baby loss. Based on our personal experiences as well as extensive research, we developed the film with the aim to reach audiences worldwide and help to pave the way for more conversations and openness in regards to this topic.”
"Having worked with Magdalena previously I have seen how she deals with difficult subject matter beautifully without shying away from any area. Her unique writing style lends itself wonderfully to complex subjects.
I was drawn to this film because this is something that people very close to me have directly experienced. To be there when a loved one is going through such grief but feels that they cannot speak openly because it is still seen as a taboo subject is heart breaking.
I am looking forward to giving a voice to the voiceless and creating a truthful and artistic representation of a situation that is so real for so many. I believe that this film can be the start of a conversation that needs to be had."
Erica combines the sensual surrealism of Tom Tykwer's Perfume and Joseph Vilsmaier's Brother of Sleep, the intensity of Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain and Julia Ducournau's Raw, and the feel and look of The Handmaid's Tale.
Want to get involved?
Drop us a line below to arrange a meeting with our producer Magdalena in Cannes (13th - 20th May) or to start a conversation.