BUCHAREST: Director/scriptwriter Răzvan Savescu is currently developing his sophomore feature The First Client (working title), inspired by his wife’s death. The premiere is set for spring 2018.
WARSAW: Israeli director and screenwriter Hagar Ben-Ashar has begun the process of casting young actors for her new drama The War Has Ended. Production is planned to begin in the spring of 2018.
TBILISI: Gigisha Abashidze is in postproduction with his debut feature Neighbors, set for release in autumn 2017. The film is the first Georgian/Macedonian coproduction.
BUCHAREST: Cristian Comeagă is in preproduction with the historical docu-drama series Romanians - The Story of a Nation / Românii – povestea unui neam, set to start shooting in June 2017.
PRESPA: Serbian actor and director Dragan Bjelogrić is in production with the TV series Shadows over the Balkans / Senke nad Balkanom, a three-season political thriller drama set in the 1930s in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Production started on 1 October 2016 in Serbia where 30 percent of the shooting was completed. Scenes from the TV series are currently shooting on locations in Prespa and Bitola surroundings.
PRAGUE: Karel Vachek, the head of the documentary department at FAMU and one of the most original Czech filmmakers known for his experimental, enormously lengthy film essays, is shooting the decades-leaping documentary Communism.
BUCHAREST: Acclaimed Romanian helmer Radu Jude is set to start shooting his new feature film Is This What You Were Born For? with his regular producer Ada Solomon at Hi Film Productions in summer 2017. This Romanian/Czech/French/Bulgarian coproduction will tackle a delicate subject in Romanian history, the massacre of approximately 20,000 Jewish people by the Romanian army in Odessa in 1941.
WARSAW: CANAL+ commissioned a second season of the crime series Teacher / Belfer starring Maciej Stuhr. TVN is the executive producer.
VILNIUS: A Lithuanian/German documentary coproduction Hello, Dear Granny!/ Liebe Oma, Guten Tag! directed by two sisters, Jūratė Samulionytė and Vilma Samulionytė, is in postproduction. The release is planned for November 2017.
ZAGREB: Acclaimed Croatian helmer Antonio Nuić is currently in the final stages of preproduction with his new feature film Mali / Mali je naš, the third part of a project he started as a student film. Shooting is scheduled to launch on 20 June 2017.