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BUCHAREST: With the opening of Cine Grand Botoşani which set up shop in Uvertura Mall in this northeastern Romanian city of 100,000 on 12 July, the company marks its first local multiplex.

ZAGREB: The cash rebate scheme implemented in January 2012 and the fact that Croatia joined the EU on 1 July 2013 is expected to boost international productions including coproductions and those using local services only.

BUCHAREST: Wild Bunch is handling international sales for the new film by writer/director Corneliu Porumboiu.

BUCHAREST: MediaPro Distribution has sold the formats of the Romanian and Croatian telenovelas Numai iubirea/Only Love and Larin izbor/Lara's Choice to Mexican Televisa, the biggest media company in Latin America.

BUCHAREST: With 103,352 admissions Călin Peter Netzer's family drama launched on 8 March 2013 became the most successful Romanian film in the last 11 years. The box office of 275,342EUR/1,224,763RON makes it the most successful Romanian film in the last 20 years.

BUCHAREST: Romania’s National Film Archives, Studiul de Creaţie cinematografică and VIDEO ART Studio (the former Editura Video) will be merged into a National Film Institute, operating under the umbrella of the Ministry of Culture ( www.cultura.ro).

LJUBLJANA: Miroslav Mandić’s tragic-comedy, which has its world premiere on 4 July 2013 in East of the West Competition of Karlovy Vary IFF ( www.kviff.com ), looks at contemporary post-Yugoslavia through the story of a Bosnian rock star of the 80’s indulging himself into lack of ambition, depression and inactvity. 

MOSCOW: Directed by Natasha Merkulova and Alexey Chupov, Intimie mesta /Intimate Parts is an erotic drama debut feature set in contemporary Moscow which investigates with irony and humour the way modern people deal with intimate secrets.

BUCHAREST: Written by Corneliu Porumboiu and Igor Cobileanski, La limita de jos a cerului/The Unsaved captures the lack of prospects in contemporary Republic of Moldova through the bitter sweet drama of two young friends trying to take control over their lives. Cobileanski’s first feature will have its world premiere in the East of the West competition of the 48th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival ( www.kviff.com ). 

MEDIAŞ: The 3rd edition of the Central European Film Festival (meceff.ro) wraped in the cosy Transylvanian town of Mediaş on 28 June 2013 after five days.