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Kazakh director Guka Omarova pits mysterious traditions against modern corruption in her second feature film Native Dancer, which competes in the East of the West section at Karlovy Vary.
Veteran Russian filmmaker Andrey Khrzhanovsky, who marks his 70th birthday this year, is inspired by the life of Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky in his East of the West competition film, Room and a Half.
Elchin Musaoglu's East of the West competition film The 40th Door is already a prize-winner; it picked up a Golden Remi award for best foreign film at the WorldFest-Houston in April.
A double award winner from the Venice film festival (Silver lion for best director and cinematography), Alexey German Jr.'s Paper Soldier screens at Karlovy Vary in the East of the West competition section.
Árpád Sopsits' The Seventh Circle -- the concluding film in the director's half-century trilogy -- takes its title and inspiration from Dante's Divine Comedy.

Commercial Polish broadcaster TVN posted a first quarter 2009 loss of PLN 29 million (6.5 million Euro), compared with a PLN 63 million profit in first quarter 2008.

A newly discovered interest in local film production pushed the market share for Slovak films to an unprecedented 15% in 2008.
Czech films conquered the local admissions and helped drive the 2008 box office to an all-time record and post-Communist record admissions of 12.9 million.
Juraj Jakubisko, whose recent box office hit Bathory, broke Central European production records, is developing a Slavic saga entitled One Thousand Years of Solitude.

Following a rise in local film production and co-productions, Slovakia is finding increased sales fo foreign territories for its top titles.