The Canada-Belgium high speed connection: Kim Nguyen’s The Hummingbird Project produced by Item7 and co-produced by Belga Productions

Kim Nguyen’s drama The Hummingbird Project is described as a “modern epic” that “exposes the ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world.” The story follows two cousins from New York (Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård), experts at High Frequency Trading. They dream of building a fiber-optic cable between Kansas and New Jersey. Salma Hayek stars as their former boss Eva Torres, a power yet manipulative trader who will stop at nothing to get in their way.

This film is a great and rare example of a trans-Atlantic co-production between Canada and Belgium. An official co-production between Item 7 in Montreal (War Witch, C.R.A.Z.Y., Brooklyn) and Belga Productions in Brussels, the film benefited from Eurimages support and Belgian Tax Shelter support via Belga Films Fund.

Shooting in Quebec was wrapped in mid-December 2017. Post-production starts in Belgium next March. The film will be completed next summer and released before the end of the year. HanWay handles the international sales of the film.

During this year’s Berlinale, the Embassy of Canada in Berlin and Trans Atlantic Partners will present a Berlinale Warm-up party celebrating 10 years of Trans Atlantic Partners and featuring The Hummingbird Project as a great example of cross-border collaboration.