TALLINN: Acclaimed Estonian director Kaspar Jancis has just finished shooting his first long puppet animated film Morten and the Spider Queen aka Morten on the Ship of Fools. The 80-minute stop motion family adventure based on his own book Adventure on Salamander is an Estonian / Irish / Belgium / UK coproduction which will also have English and Gaelic versions.
SOFIA: Bulgarian film director Konstantin Bojanov is preparing his third feature film, Your Eyes. It will be a smooth transition from his unfinished documentary In Search of a Miracle, which is focused on the ancient tradition of sexual exploitation under the flag of religion. Your Eyes will be entirely shot in India in cooperation with French, Belgian and Indian partners.
BELGRADE: Dogs Bark, but the Caravans Move On / Psi laju, vetar nosi, a brand new TV series directed by Jelena Bajic-Jocic and written by Rados Bajic (known for the long-running series Selo gori, a baba se češlja) has entered postproduction.
WARSAW: Polish private broadcaster TVN commissioned the first season of Diagnosis, a new medical drama planned to premiere in autumn 2017. Popular Polish actors will star.
BRATISLAVA: The 4m EUR two-episode biopic Maria Theresia by the Austrian director Robert Dornhelm is moving to postproduction. This Slovak / Czech / Austrian / Hungarian coproduction is set to be broadcast on RTVS during the Christmas holiday in 2017. This is the biggest coproduction in the history of Slovakia’s public television.
WARSAW: Polish director Marek Koterski is currently shooting 7 Emotions / 7 uczuć, with an all-star cast including Marcin Dorociński, Maja Ostaszewska, Andrzej Chyra, Robert Więckiewicz, Katarzyna Figura and Magdalena Cielecka.
BUCHAREST: American actor James Brolin is currently shooting in Romania the Hallmark film Family Royal, which he is also directing. Castel Film Studios is servicing.
BUCHAREST: Claudiu Mitcu is in preproduction with a documentary on a hot topic for the capital city of Romania - the effects of a major earthquake. He is working on this new project together with Ilinca Micu and Ileana Bîrsan.
WARSAW: Polish public broadcaster (TVP) is currently in production with Crown of Kings, a major costume TV series directed by Wojciech Pacyna about the life of Casimir III the Great. The show is a local attempt to tap into the costume drama soap opera genre which became very popular in Poland thanks to the Turkish production The Magnificent Century: Kösem, a big hit for TVP in 2016.
TALLINN: Estonian director Rene Vilbre is currently shooting the Estonian version of the feature film Class Reunion 2: Wedding and Funeral, a sequel to Class Reunion, which had almost 190,000 admissions in 2016 and became the most viewed film of the independence era in Estonia.