PRAGUE: Sirena Film is in production with the Norwegian TV series Heavy Water War, a WWII story starring Anna Friel.

WARSAW: Central European multiplex operator Cinema City recorded an 8.3% increase in revenues at 212.3m EUR for the first three quarters of 2013 compared with 2012, despite a 3% drop in same cinema admissions.

Tangerines, an Estonian/Georgian coproduction directed by Zaza Urushadze, pitched at Connecting Cottbus 2010, began shooting at the end of 2012 and opened in cinemas in Georgia and Estonia in October 2013.

TALLINN: Kadri Kõusaar’s second film The Arbiter, which had its international premiere in the East of the West competition at the Karlovy Vary IFF, is a morally challenging and difficult film that launched a funding debate in Estonia.

COTTBUS: Perisan Film of Turkey is producing Detail of a Dream written and directed by Orhan Eskikoy.

COTTBUS: Slovenian director Jan Cvitkovic returns to form with a bittersweet slacker comedy, Siska de Luxe produced by Alex Pavlin of Perfo.

COTTBUS: A Kurdish construction worker in Istanbul fakes an accident resulting in his death in order to help his family obtain “blood money” from the company to secure a home for his displaced family in the project Blood Money presented at the 15th edition of the pitching forum Connecting Cottbus.

COTTBUS: A Serbian film project, The Load, a gripping story of a truck driver who learns that the cargo he’s been transporting from Kosova to Belgrade contains the bodies of victims of the war in Yugoslavia, won the Post-Pitch Award of 25,000 in in-kind services at the 15th Connecting Cottbus pitching forum.

COTTBUS: Russia writer/director Alena Alova pitched the tale of a young Russian émigré who falls in love with an Italian girl and ruins his family’s chance to immigrate, City of Birds, at the 15th edition of Connecting Cottbus.

COTTBUS: The winner of the 2012 Cottbus Film Festival, Zebra Film Studio of Poland, was back at Cottbus in the winner’s pitch slot of Connecting Cottbus with the project Silence of the Scream directed by Maria Sadowska.

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