How an American Elephant turned into an Estonian Class

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Estonian director Ilmar Raag's The Class (Klass) - the local submission for the Oscar nominations as Best Foreign-Language Feature - may seem similar to the…
20-10-2007

Leningrad: a story of survival, humanity, friendship and trust

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- "A film could be manipulation: you decide. In one episode you want the audiences to face a mystery and get involved in solving it; in…
20-10-2007

Growing US interest for European cinema, but distribution needs fixing

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- It's not enough to make a brilliant movie. It has to be discovered, then picked up for distribution from thousands of other new pictures.
20-10-2007

Focus on Bulgaria: Local filmmakers break with allegory tradition

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) - After more than 10 years of crisis, Bulgaria is returning to the world cinema map. Bulgarian filmmakers have only recently started finding their place in…
20-10-2007

Estonian Magnus, on show in Warsaw, is stopped elsewhere by court injunction

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Estonian director Kadri Kousaar's feature debut, Magnus, which was launched in Un Certain Regard, is part of the Estonian Explosion at the Warsaw International Film…
20-10-2007

After two visits to CentEast, The Karamazov Brothers will come back for real

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Czech director Petr Zelenka's The Karamazov Brothers (Brati Karamazovi) is making its second visit to the CentEast Market in Warsaw. Last year it was pitched…
19-10-2007

In Queen Viktoria, a sperm cell previews life in Communist Bulgaria

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Communist Bulgaria as seen by ... the victorious sperm cell which later gives life to Viktoria, the main character, is the subject of 29-year-old Bulgarian…
19-10-2007

CentEast Market briefs

$20,000 from Göteborg helps: Armenian producer Armine Anda came straight to the CentEast Market at the Warsaw International Film Festival from Pusan, where her new project - Armenian director Mikayel…
19-10-2007

Focus on Poland: While waiting for Pollywood, producers stick to auteur trend

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- For years the most remarkable trend in Poland has been auteur cinema dealing with contemporary social issues. Polish cinema is not only the domain of…
19-10-2007

15 film projects seek 33M euros of funding at CentEast Market

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Although the CentEast Market of the Warsaw International Film Festival focuses on finished product, the organisers have received an increasing number of projects in early…
18-10-2007

6.3M euro El Greco biopic premieres in Athens

The Greek-Spanish-Hungarian co-production El Greco held its ceremonial premiere in Athens this week with Queen Sofia of Spain in attendance.
18-10-2007

Jakimowski did the Trick: Second feature sold to Benelux

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- In one of the first deals at this year's CentEast Market, Polish director Andrzej Jakimowski's Tricks (Sztuczki) - which opened the Warsaw International Film Festival…
18-10-2007

Hungarian Golden Leopard winner scouts Polish locations for next feature

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Hungarian director Benedek Fliegauf, whose Milky Way (Téjut) is screening in Warsaw's Free Spirit Competition, is scouting locations in Poland for his next feature, The…
18-10-2007

Azerbaijan among 15 CentEast countries vying for Oscar nomination

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Fifteen member countries from the CentEast network have joined the race for the Oscar nominations as Best Foreign-Language Feature, according to the list of submissions…
18-10-2007

Ariadne leaves Naxos for Polish novella film instigated by Wajda school

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Already famous from Greek mythology - and from operas by Monteverdi, Badia, Benda and Strauss - Ariadne on Naxos comes to life again in Polish…
18-10-2007

After Time to Die, Tomorrow Will Be Better for Kedzierzawska

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- As Polish director Dorota Kedzierzawska's Time to Die (Pora umierac) has a special screening in the Warsaw International Film Festival and enters the CentEast Market…
18-10-2007

Country focus: Astonishing Estonia

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) - The small Baltic republic of Estonia - with a population of just under 1.5 million, and an annual production of just a few full-length feature…
18-10-2007

SONY format could help boost film production in Central Europe

Estonian film is enjoying a production boom both at home and abroad, thanks partly to the XD Cam SONY format as well as an innovative financing scheme that could become…
17-10-2007 m

Third CentEast Market may not Boogie, but is ready for anything else

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- As the Third CentEast Market at the Warsaw International Film Festival takes off today (Oct. 18), market co-ordinator Rik Vermeulen observed that quality-wise the 2007…
17-10-2007

Svensk Filmindustri at CentEast with two Warsaw festival titles

Warsaw (CentEast Daily News) -- Represented at the CentEast Market by vp international sales Anita Simovic, Swedish major, Svensk Filmindustri, is racking up sales for two Scandinavian movies, Danish director…
17-10-2007