Mexican cinematographer Antonio Riestra, Oscar nominiee for best cinematography for Amores Perros (2000), will shoot Lidice, a big-budget Czech war movie directed by Petr Nikolaev and starring Karel Roden.
Turkish director Özcan Alper's second feature project, Future Lasts Forever (Gelecek uzun sürer) was presented at the co-production forum and development platform organised by the Paris Cinéma International Film Festival (http://www.pariscinema.org/).
Hungarian director Ferenc. Török's film Istanbul, the story of a middle aged woman who is abandoned by her husband, begins filming in Istanbul July 12 for a 13 day shoot. Production continues in Budapest on August 2 for 17 days. The film is to be completed by the end of 2010.
Will, a co-production of England's Strangelove Films and Turkey's Galata Film, directed by Ellen Perry, has completed its Turkish shoot.
Gastarbeiter, the new film from director Yusup Razykov who set a distinctive style for new Uzbek cinema, is a contemporary roadmovie connecting Uzbekistan and Russia through a variety of characters, including an old war veteran who traveling to Moscow to find his nephew. The film also journey through the complex situation of the post-Soviet countries where corruption and crime are perpetrated by mafia gangs.
Romanian director Andrei Zincă is in pre-production with Puzzle for a Blind Man, an adaptation of Argentinian playwright Mario Diament's Blind Date.
Ostavljeni (The Abandoned) directed by Bosnian director Adis Bakrac has its world premiere in Karlovy Vary's East of the West section. The film is a coproduction between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, and France.
Director Krisztina Goda (Children of Glory, Just Sex and Nothing Else) has received a declaration of intent for funding from the Hungarian Motion Picture Association (MMKA - http://english.mmka.hu/) for the first Hungarian 3D movie, Emerson and Co. (Emerson és Tsa). The film is an adaptation of a children's story written by Levente Lezsák.
The Dreamers (Zoufalci) was a surprise critical success in autumn 2009 in the Czech Republic. A story about six former class-mates in their early 30's who are drifting and decide to change their problematic lifestyle was the feature debut and diploma movie for director Jitka Rudolfová at FAMU film academy in Prague (www.famu.cz).
Hungarian director János Szász will be taking on an English speaking project with working title Goodbye Komárom.