BRATISLAVA: Controversial Slovak doc Normalization, titled Kauza Cervanova in Slovak, has scored the biggest domestic box office success of the year for a doc with almost 20,000 EUR at the box office and 5400 admissions after a month on theatrical release. Slovakia has become one of the hottest countries in Europe for production of docs that score theatrical box office successes and on the international festival circuit.
Three Slovak coproductions will have their world premieres in competition at the 48th Karlovy Vary IFF, running 28 June – 6 July 2013.
PRAGUE: French star Audrey Tautou will open the 48th Karlovy Vary IFF (28 June – 6 July 2013) with the festival premiere of Mood Indigo presented by director Michel Gondry, and Hollywood star John Travolta will receive the festival’s Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at a gala screening of Killing Season.
BUDAPEST: The Hungarian Film Fund has announced the third round of grants in less than a week, with the largest grant, 900 m HUF, going to Gyorgy Palfi’s Toldi.
As he prepares for the launch of the 48th edition of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival artistic director Karel Och took time out to speak with FNE.
BRATISLAVA: Velvet Terrorists (Zamatoví teroristi), a Slovak /Czech /Croatian coproduction directed by a trio of Slovak directors, Pavol Pekarčík, Ivan Ostrochovský and award-winning Slovak documentary director Peter Kerekes, will open in cinemas in September 2013.
WARSAW: European filmmakers have won the first round to have film excluded from the EU-US Trade Talks. European trade ministers bowed to filmmakers’ demands for the exclusion but only after French Trade Minister Nicole Bricq threatened to veto any mandate that doesn’t include protection of cultural services including the exclusion of the audiovisual sector. The Romanian and Belgian governments also backed the French position.
Watch the press conference on EPTV of the delegation of European Filmmakers including Dariusz Jablonski and Romanian directors Radu Mihaileanu and Cristian Mungiu after the meeting with European Commission President José-Manuel Barroso. FNE TV: Link for the video of the press conference on EP TV.
MOSCOW: The 35th Moscow International Film Festival kicks off this Thursday 20 June and runs until 29 June with a competition lineup that includes Polish director Wojciech Smarzowski’s Traffic Department and Georgian director Archil Kavtaradze’s Disorder. A total of 16 films from 13 countries will compete for the festival’s main prize the St George.
BUCHAREST: Anca Damian's new feature A Very Unsettled Summer, a Romanian-Czech-Swedish-Scottish coproduction, is in postproduction with the premiere set for autumn 2013.