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COTTBUS: Czech director Vit Zapletal and producer Mikulas Novotny of Background Films presented the 1970’s era drama Hornet in a Bottle at the 2016 edition of connecting cottbus on 10 November 2016.

COTTBUS: Macedonia arrived at connecting cottbus on 10 November with Sister, an intimate drama about testing the limits of friendship. The film is produced by List Production and directed by Dina Duma.

COTTBUS: Romanian dynamic production company Mandragora and rising director Marian Crisan pitched Crisan’s political black comedy Berliner at connecting cottbus on 10 November 2016.

COTTBUS: Cottbus has been working aggressively toward strengthening the German-Polish connection in the film industry. This year one example of that partnership is the connecting cottbus project Heirs.

COTTBUS: Bulgarian director Iglika Triffonova, who attended the 26th Cottbus Film Festival, running through 13 November 2016, for the competition screening of her film The Prosecutor, the Defender, the Father and His Son, told FNE she is beginning work on a film set prior to WWI.

COTTBUS: Kirsten Niehuus of Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg was the surprise winner of the Cottbus Film Festival’s Lubina award at the festival’s opening night, 8 November 2016.

KARLOVY VARY: Czech box office reached an all-time high in 2015, and attendance showed impressive growth, but Czech films registered their lowest market share since 2002.

KARLOVY VARY: The introduction of Czech film incentives and subsequent increases are impacting film production at Prague’s iconic Barrandov film studios.

KARLOVY VARY: Barrandov film studio will return to its roots as a producer of original production with a biopic on Milos Havel, the founder of Barrandov and the uncle of the Czech President Vaclav Havel. The film is the first original Barrandov production in seven years.

KARLOVY VARY: Connecting Cottbus, the East-West coproduction platform, is “bringing in a fresh, new team ,” programme director Rebekka Garrido told FNE, and moving the pitching forum to the historic Stadthaus building in Cottbus’s historic old town.