Written, directed and produced by

Magdalena Herfurtner

Co-Produced by

Nicci Brighten

 

Runtime:

100 minutes

 

Genre:

Drama / Thriller with surreal elements 



 ABOUT

 

Erica is a feature-length, dark surrealistic drama centred around three women hovering between self-destruction, catharsis, and survival.  

 STORY

 

Ghita, a suicidal young woman, and her solitary companion June are travelling to a secluded cottage in the woods upon commencing their sabbatical. On their way to the cabin, the young couple encounters a distraught expectant mother named Erica wandering alone in the woods. Concerned about her physical and mental state, June and Ghita take Erica in.

 

As Erica and Ghita start to form a strange bond, Ghita's longing to die is flaring up stronger than ever, while Erica experiences complications in her pregnancy.

 

June is soon confronted with her greatest fear when it becomes clear that Ghita's and Erica's lives are mysteriously intertwined... 

INSPIRATION

Erica is based on the short drama Sacrifice (2019).

 

"Sacrifice" is a Madil Hardis Production directed by Mathias Falcone. Cinematography by György László.

THE CREATORS

Magdalena Herfurtner

Writer/Producer/Director

 

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 (2019).

 

Magdalena has been trained as actress and classical singer at Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. 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.

 

Nicci Brighten

Co-Producer

 

Nicci Brighten is a multi-award-winning British stage and screen actress, voice artist and producer based in London and LA.

 

She has a creative and academic background in film studies, art, design and photography combined with dramatic training in Classical and Contemporary Acting, Musical Theatre, the Method and Meisner Technique. Her forte is visual and narrative filmmaking that brings to life the turbulent inner worlds and stories of unique and compelling characters with true emotion and authenticity. 

 

To date, her films have achieved 60+ festival wins, nominations and official selections globally, among them Oscar-qualifying Sitges Film Festival, BAFTA-recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival and the Méliès d'Argent Short Film Competition for A Doll Distorted (2018). NHS70 film Nora (2018) premiered at the London BFI IMAX in August 2018 as part of TEDxNHS and recently won various Awards of Excellence at Southern Shorts Festival 2019 in Atlanta, GA.

 

Nicci also has a proven track record with commercial productions, having collaborated with major brands on high-end adverts, music videos and online promos both in the UK and worldwide, including McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and Kaufland in Germany.

 

She recently co-produced experimental drama Sacrifice (2019), the short film that formed the basis for the feature-length adaptation Erica (2019).

 


THE CAST

Nicci Brighten

Erica

 

Nicci is a multi-award-winning British actress, voice artist and producer based in the UK and US.

 

She started her career journey as a young child studying Musical Theatre with the Italia Conti Academy and then went on to train in Classical and Contemporary Drama, Screen Acting, Vocal Performance, the Method and Meisner Technique at Guildford School of Acting, BIMM and RADA in London, Lee Strasberg West Hollywood and the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.

 

On stage, Nicci has performed diverse roles from Shakespeare and Molière to Chekhov and Tennessee Williams in major regional and fringe theatres (Rose Theatre Kingston, Theatre Royal Windsor, The White Bear London). Her screen work includes mainstream and independent film (the Harry Potter film series, A Night in '97, Exit Stage Left), along with popular shows on primetime television (Agatha Christie's Marple, Extras, Holby Blue). 

 

As a voice artist, she has done both character and narration work for feature and short films, radio plays, animations, audiobooks and video games.

 

Magdalena Herfurtner

June

 

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 is set to resume her role as June in the upcoming feature adaptation of the short, Erica.

 

Magdalena trained at the College for Music and Theater and has been part of various theatre productions including Die schöne Lau at Isny Opera Festival and Der Kaiser von Atlantis at Gasteig Munich, both in 2007.

 

She released two studio albums with the German Gothic band Eycromon - Awake from the Sleepers (2011) and Repressure (2013), and Magdalena produced and starred in several of their music videos.

 

In 2015, Magdalena relocated to London and is now working as a freelance producer, writer, actress, and composer.

 

Carla McGlynn

Ghita

 

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.


COMPARABLE FILMS

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.

CONTACT

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