New Agnieszka Holland project lures producers at CentEast

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Polish director Agnieszka Holland's new film project, Christine - War My Love, presented as a new project at the CentEast Market in Warsaw, is getting…

How an American Elephant turned into an Estonian Class

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Estonian director Ilmar Raag's The Class (Klass) - the local submission for the Oscar nominations as Best Foreign-Language Feature - may seem similar to the…

Leningrad: a story of survival, humanity, friendship and trust

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- "A film could be manipulation: you decide. In one episode you want the audiences to face a mystery and get involved in solving it; in…

Growing US interest for European cinema, but distribution needs fixing

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- It's not enough to make a brilliant movie. It has to be discovered, then picked up for distribution from thousands of other new pictures.

Focus on Bulgaria: Local filmmakers break with allegory tradition

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) - After more than 10 years of crisis, Bulgaria is returning to the world cinema map. Bulgarian filmmakers have only recently started finding their place in…

Estonian Magnus, on show in Warsaw, is stopped elsewhere by court injunction

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Estonian director Kadri Kousaar's feature debut, Magnus, which was launched in Un Certain Regard, is part of the Estonian Explosion at the Warsaw International Film…

After two visits to CentEast, The Karamazov Brothers will come back for real

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Czech director Petr Zelenka's The Karamazov Brothers (Brati Karamazovi) is making its second visit to the CentEast Market in Warsaw. Last year it was pitched…

In Queen Viktoria, a sperm cell previews life in Communist Bulgaria

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Communist Bulgaria as seen by ... the victorious sperm cell which later gives life to Viktoria, the main character, is the subject of 29-year-old Bulgarian…

CentEast Market briefs

$20,000 from Göteborg helps: Armenian producer Armine Anda came straight to the CentEast Market at the Warsaw International Film Festival from Pusan, where her new project - Armenian director Mikayel…

Focus on Poland: While waiting for Pollywood, producers stick to auteur trend

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- For years the most remarkable trend in Poland has been auteur cinema dealing with contemporary social issues. Polish cinema is not only the domain of…

15 film projects seek 33M euros of funding at CentEast Market

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Although the CentEast Market of the Warsaw International Film Festival focuses on finished product, the organisers have received an increasing number of projects in early…

6.3M euro El Greco biopic premieres in Athens

The Greek-Spanish-Hungarian co-production El Greco held its ceremonial premiere in Athens this week with Queen Sofia of Spain in attendance.

Jakimowski did the Trick: Second feature sold to Benelux

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- In one of the first deals at this year's CentEast Market, Polish director Andrzej Jakimowski's Tricks (Sztuczki) - which opened the Warsaw International Film Festival…

Hungarian Golden Leopard winner scouts Polish locations for next feature

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Hungarian director Benedek Fliegauf, whose Milky Way (Téjut) is screening in Warsaw's Free Spirit Competition, is scouting locations in Poland for his next feature, The…

Azerbaijan among 15 CentEast countries vying for Oscar nomination

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Fifteen member countries from the CentEast network have joined the race for the Oscar nominations as Best Foreign-Language Feature, according to the list of submissions…

Ariadne leaves Naxos for Polish novella film instigated by Wajda school

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Already famous from Greek mythology - and from operas by Monteverdi, Badia, Benda and Strauss - Ariadne on Naxos comes to life again in Polish…

After Time to Die, Tomorrow Will Be Better for Kedzierzawska

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- As Polish director Dorota Kedzierzawska's Time to Die (Pora umierac) has a special screening in the Warsaw International Film Festival and enters the CentEast Market…

Country focus: Astonishing Estonia

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) - The small Baltic republic of Estonia - with a population of just under 1.5 million, and an annual production of just a few full-length feature…

SONY format could help boost film production in Central Europe

Estonian film is enjoying a production boom both at home and abroad, thanks partly to the XD Cam SONY format as well as an innovative financing scheme that could become…
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Third CentEast Market may not Boogie, but is ready for anything else

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- As the Third CentEast Market at the Warsaw International Film Festival takes off today (Oct. 18), market co-ordinator Rik Vermeulen observed that quality-wise the 2007…