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PRAGUE: The Slovak film The Rift / Trhlina by Slovak box office champ Peter Bebjak opened in the fourth place in the Czech Republic, following its impressive 1.6 m EUR haul in Slovakia.

On Friday, 17 May, the shooting of the feature film Inventory by the director and screenwriter Darko Sinko started. The director's first film tells a story about Boris Robič, who is, as we like to say, an ordinary man. One day after dinner, however, while he is reading in his room, someone shoots at him through the window. The police arrive, and Inspector Andrej opens the investigation. It turns out that Boris has no enemies or conflicts with anyone. There are no suspects, and it seems that no one could possibly be interested in shooting Boris. The police eventually suspend the investigation, convinced that the shooting was a mere coincidence. Boris cannot come to terms with this, though. Riddled with doubt, he starts investigating on his own. While searching for the potential perpetrators, we follow a tragicomic path of a man who discovers that more people hate him than he would ever have thought possible and that the perceptions that he has of his own life are nothing but illusions.

Before the shooting, the director stated the following: "The most important thing that I would like to say about the film is that besides everything else, my goal was to make it entertaining as well. Loneliness, the search for love, fear, paranoia, doubt, and the relativisation of our conceptions about life – they form the thematic core of the film. What I wanted, though, was to elaborate on these "heavy" themes in an amusing and ironic tone."

Besides the main actors – Radoš Bolčina, Mirel Knez and Dejan Spasić the film also features Renato Jenček, Mojca Partljič, Žan Koprivnik, Janez Škof, Davor Janjić, Saša Tabaković, Barbara Vidovič, Veronika Drolc and Mojca Ribič. Sandra Ržen is the production manager, Marko Brdar the director of photography, Adriana Furlan the production designer, Katja Hrobat the costume designer, Lija Ivančič the makeup designer, and Matic Drakulič the editor.

The film is produced by Vlado Bulajić and Lija Pogačnik of the production company December from Ljubljana. Co-produced by RTV Slovenija. The project is financially supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, Viba Film, Creative Europe – MEDIA, and RE-ACT. It was developed at the Scenarnica, First Film First, Midpoint, and APostLab film workshops, and presented at the Connecting Cottbus, When East Meets West, and Sofia Meetings film markets.

The shooting is to be concluded by the end of June 2019 and the film by the spring of 2020.

Darko Sinko has graduated in communication from the Faculty of Social Sciences and in film direction from the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana. As a student, he would shoot videos for various Slovenian theatres. After his graduation, Sinko has mostly been making documentaries. Recently he has focused on live-action films and screenwriting. Apart from being a director, he has often worked as assistant director, cameraman, and editor. He has also produced several documentaries. For several years, he has also been teaching filmmaking and film education. He works as a self-employed cultural worker.

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TALLINN TEAMS UP WITH MIDPOINT TV

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event continues its collaboration with Prague-based MIDPOINT training platform for film and TV development. Tallinn will be the third and final workshop of MIDPOINT's TV Launch programme, showcasing the projects that have been created at previous chapters of the programme during the April workshop in the Czech Republic and in August at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

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FESTIVAL + INDUSTRY ACCREDITATION

Yes, it's true, it is already possible to get your accreditation for the 23rd edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event!

The Festival + Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event accreditation is reserved exclusively for film industry professionals and is valid for the festival period, from the 15th of November until the 1st of December, 2019. It allows you to get the most out of Tallinn - take part of all the open lectures, pitchings, the audiovisual conference European Film Forum Tallinn, workshops and events of Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event and to see up to 40 films from the programme of Black Nights.

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At the latest call for applications, the Slovenian Film Centre provided support in the total amount of EUR 420,000 to eight minority co-production projects (six live-action features, a documentary feature, and a live-action short).

Three projects come from the Republic of Serbia: Uporabniki (director: Ivan Ikić, Slovenian co-producer: Tramal Films); Bog bodi z nami (director: Slobodan Šijan, Slovenian co-producer: Studio Virc); Razpoka v ledu (director: Maja Miloš, Slovenian co-producer: Zavod SPOK, Tolmin).

Two are from Croatia: Fiume o Morte! (director: Igor Bezinović, Slovenian co-producer: Zavod Nosorogi) and Kazenski strel (director; Rok Biček, Slovenian co-producer: Cvinger film).

Finally, Gym comes from Bosnia and Herzegovina (director: Srdjan Vuletić, Slovenian co-producer: Iridium Film); Homo from North Macedonia (director: Igor Ivanov, Slovenian co-producer: Iridium Film); and Telesce from Italy (director: Laura Samani, Slovenian co-producer: Vertigo).

FNE has teamed up with FIPRESCI critics attending the Cannes Film Festival to rate the films in the Main Competition, Un Certain Regard, Directors' Fortnight and Critics Week, giving the films 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars. 5 is the best and 1 is the worst. The ratings give an overview of critics’ opinions from a large number of countries and provide insights into what critics in many different countries think about the programme. FNE will be publishing updates each day from today until the end of the festival.

BELGRADE: The Croatian documentary On Behalf of the Republic of Croatia by Goran Dević won the Best Short Film award at the 12th Bel Docs festival, which concluded on 15 May 2018.

WARSAW: The New Horizons IFF and the Polish Film Institute present five Polish films at the Cannes Market.

PRAGUE: The Baltic Event Co-Production Market has signed on as the newest partner of the MIDPOINT TV Launch programme.