Feb 24 2011

Tarantula’s 15th anniversary

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SOURCE: http://www.tarantula.lu

From the germ of an impossible idea, Tarantula celebrates its 15th anniversary safe in the knowledge that it is now an established player in the Luxembourg film industry.

The company also has strong European
connections thanks to that original concept, which was to create a network of autonomous companies, in different countries, that all operate under the
Tarantula label.

That means that the Tarantula name is attached to projects such as Nue Propriété, Une Part du Ciel and Calvaire, which have won awards and been selected for official screenings at some of the world’s major film festivals.

But when Donato Rotunno set up Tarantula with Eddy Géradon-Luyckx in 1995 there was no master plan. The purpose of creating a production company was, in Donato’s own words, to allow him to build his career as a director. The fact that in 2010 he is looking for the right project for his second feature film, and is simultaneously working on the follow up to Terra Mia, his 1998 documentary, is proof enough that the original goal has succeeded.

But Tarantula today is so much more than a vehicle for Donato as a director. As a producer he has overseen a string of films that have provided work for local
crew and helped cement Luxembourg’s reputation as a film making location. He has even worked with established actresses such as Isabelle Huppert and
rising stars such as Dianna Agron (from hit TV show Glee).

So, 15 years down the line Tarantula has truly found its niche and made a name for itself in the European market. That can be put down to perseverance, luck
and intuition but also to the fact that Tarantula treats each project as a prototype, as an entity in itself. Most importantly the company makes films it truly believes in.

It has been a rollercoaster of a journey. As Donato says, the movie business is in permanent evolution and its fortunes are linked to what happens in the “real” world. But throughout that journey the original spirit of the company has been retained – that is to enjoy the basic elements of film making, to create something out of nothing even if at first it seems impossible.

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SOURCE: http://www.tarantula.lu

From the germ of an impossible idea, Tarantula celebrates its 15th anniversary safe in the knowledge that it is now an established player in the Luxembourg film industry.

The company also has strong European
connections thanks to that original concept, which was to create a network of autonomous companies, in different countries, that all operate under the
Tarantula label.

That means that the Tarantula name is attached to projects such as Nue Propriété, Une Part du Ciel and Calvaire, which have won awards and been selected for official screenings at some of the world’s major film festivals.

But when Donato Rotunno set up Tarantula with Eddy Géradon-Luyckx in 1995 there was no master plan. The purpose of creating a production company was, in Donato’s own words, to allow him to build his career as a director. The fact that in 2010 he is looking for the right project for his second feature film, and is simultaneously working on the follow up to Terra Mia, his 1998 documentary, is proof enough that the original goal has succeeded.

But Tarantula today is so much more than a vehicle for Donato as a director. As a producer he has overseen a string of films that have provided work for local
crew and helped cement Luxembourg’s reputation as a film making location. He has even worked with established actresses such as Isabelle Huppert and
rising stars such as Dianna Agron (from hit TV show Glee).

So, 15 years down the line Tarantula has truly found its niche and made a name for itself in the European market. That can be put down to perseverance, luck
and intuition but also to the fact that Tarantula treats each project as a prototype, as an entity in itself. Most importantly the company makes films it truly believes in.

It has been a rollercoaster of a journey. As Donato says, the movie business is in permanent evolution and its fortunes are linked to what happens in the “real” world. But throughout that journey the original spirit of the company has been retained – that is to enjoy the basic elements of film making, to create something out of nothing even if at first it seems impossible.

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