This month we speak with Ondřej Šír, the director of Kino Jitřenka. Located in Semily, in the northern part of the Czech Republic (not far from the Polish border), the cinema is well integrated in the life of the 8,000 residents of the town. It scored 30,000 viewers in 2016. The activity of the cinema is intertwined with film education, film practice (students learning filmmaking) and live transmissions. The cinema even organises a small festival, Fokus Fest.
BUCHAREST: Anca Damian is in preproduction with a new long animated film, The Extraordinary Voyage of Marona / Extraordinara calatorie a Maronei, which is a coproduction between Romania, France and Belgium.
BUCHAREST: The second season of the most popular series produced by HBO Europe in Romania Shadows / Umbre will open simultaneously on 12 November 2017 in all 19 European countries where HBO operates. The Polish drama The Pack / Wataha directed by Kasia Adamik and Jan P. Matuszyński is also returning for a second season, launching day-and-date across HBO Europe on 15 October 2017.
BUCHAREST: Wide Management sold the psychological drama Pororoca by Romanian writer/director Constantin Popescu to China, Spain, ex-Yugoslavia, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay, following its premiere in the main competition of the San Sebastian FF, which wrapped 30 September 2017. The film won the best actor prize for Bogdan Dumitrache.
BUCHAREST: Doina Gradea was confirmed by the Romanian Parliament as acting general manager of the Romanian public broadcaster (SRTV) after the rejection of the activity report on 2016 and thus the dissolution of the Council of Administration led by the former general manager Irina Radu.
FNE and Europa Distribution are launching a new chapter in our Distributor of the Month section. In the coming months we will talk with European distributors about their lineup, their best marketing campaigns developed for different windows and what advice they would give to a new distributor.
BUCHAREST: Romanian writer/director/producer Tudor Giurgiu will start shooting his fourth feature film Above Man, the Woman Soars / Apropierea / Sin Aliento in Spain on 19 October 2017. This Romanian/Spanish/Czech coproduction is the first film shot by Giurgiu as a director abroad.
This month we speak with Piotr Olak, the CEO, director and programmer of Kino Luna from Warsaw, Poland. Luna means moon in Latin, but the true inspiration for the cinema’s name was the Russian outer-space programme, since this art house cinema is promoting culture since 1962.
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