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BUCHAREST: Romanian director Cristian Mungiu received an Excellency Prize from the Romanian Filmmakers Union (UCIN), despite his refusal to allow his film Beyond the Hills/După dealuri to compete for the UCIN awards.

BUCHAREST: AXN Spin was launched in Romania on 1 March 2013, the second CEE territory for the channel, after a launch in Poland in January 2012.

BUCHAREST-ZAGREB: Digi TV has been sold to Croatian operator Vipnet, a subsidiary of Telekom Austria for an undisclosed sum.

BUCHAREST: Child's Pose directed by Calin Peter Netzer set a 20 year opening weekend box office record in Romania, taking in 59,407 EUR/ 259,217 RON.


ZAGREB: Tomislav Mršić’s dramatic comedy Cowboys completed shooting on 2 March 2013.

ZAGREB: Branko Ištvančić, (The Ghost in the Swamp) finished shooting The Bridge at the End of the World, a thriller produced by Irena Skorić through Artizana Film in coproduction with the Croatian Radiotelevision, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Heft Production, and Serbia’s Cinematographer's House/Kinematografska Kuća.

ZAGREB: Dražen Žarković’s children’s film The Mysterious Boy/Zagonetni dječak, the sequel to local blockbuster Koko and the Ghosts/Koko i duhovi, had 11,617 admissions and took in 40,740 EUR/309,230 HRK at the box office in its first weekend.

BUCHAREST: Hollywood acting coach Ivana Chubbuck is joining forces with Bobby Păunescu and Mandragora Movies to open an acting school in Romania starting April 2013.

BUCHAREST: Bogdan Dreyer’s A Farewell to Fools starring Gérard Depardieu and Harvey Keitel will be distributed by Family Film in 21 towns and 42 screens starting 15 March 2013.

ZAGREB: Producer Irena Markovic is developing a contemporary drama Tereza 33, through the Croatian company Focus Media. Danilo Serbedzija is directing.