This month we speak with Ina Darova, manager of the Euro Cinema and the Cultural Centre G8. Euro Cinema was founded in 2001 as a single screen Art house cinema, and has now two halls and a cinema café. It has a strong identity in the capital’s cultural landscape and its programme focuses on Bulgarian and European film art. Opened in October 2014, the Cultural Centre G8 is a new challenge to the audience. As a private Art house cinema but also hosting various cultural events, it is equipped with three screening rooms, a hall, a café and a small cinema museum.
PRAGUE: British director Sean Ellis will shoot Anthropoid, a World War II thriller in the Czech Republic later this year. The film's name is a reference to the codename of a top-secret operation by Czechoslovakia to assassinate a key Nazi occupier in Prague in 1942.
CANNES: Gyorgy Kristof's Out, a coproduction between Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Latvia, and Romanian director Ionut Piturescu's feature Borders, have both been selected for Cinefoundation's Atelier in 2015. The films are to be among 15 in-development projects that will try to secure funding at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
WARSAW: According to a new report commissioned and published by the Polish National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT), all buyers from outside of Europe who want to acquire a stake in Polish broadcasters need special approval to make a purchase. "This report is a signal to the industry on what our stand is in relation to the planned ownership changes on the television market" said Katarzyna Twardowska, the press officer of KRRiT.
A screening of brand new film Sugar Blues by Andrea Culkova will open a new project by IDF focused on alternative distribution of creative documentaries: KineDok Launch; March 6, 2015, La Fabrika - Slévárna.
RIGA: Inara Kolmane is working on her archive-footage based documentary project about the intimate side of the life behind the Iron Curtain in Sex And The USSR, A Double Life/Sekss un PSRS, dubultā dzīve.
Russian distributor Paradiz has picked up local film Under Electric Clouds/Pod electricheskimi oblakami, a coproduction between Russia, Ukraine and Poland. The film, directed by Alexey German Jr, won best camera award at the Berlinale and will be released by Paradiz on roughly 150 screens in mid-May.
BUCHAREST: George Motoi, an actor who embodied the prototype of an intellectual in Romanian movies before 1990, passed away on 4 March 2015 at the age of 79.
BUCHAREST: Tudor Giurgiu’s political drama Why Me? set an opening and box office record for a domestic film in the last two years. Released on 27 February 2015, it had 14,983 admissions in its first weekend, cashing in 50,538 EUR / 222,369 RON.
BUCHAREST: Only three Romanian films are nominated in Best Film category at the 9th edition of the Gopo Awards which will be announced on 30 March 2015. Andrei Gruzsniczki's Q.E.D. has 17 nods followed by Nae Caranfil's Closer to the Moon with 12 nominations.
COTTBUS: Bernd Buder, currently the Programme Director of the Cottbus Film Festival, is being promoted to artistic director of the festival, a position he will hold for the next five years.
BRATISLAVA: The Visegrad Film Forum, which will run from 11 to 14 March 2015, is accepting applications for accreditation until 7 March 2015.
PRAGUE: This year the 22nd edition of Febio Fest will take place from 19 to 27 March. Kim Novak, star of Hitchcock's Vertigo, will be in attendence.