One of the most promising projects supported by the Polish-German Co-Development Fund, Winter Daddy, directed by Johannes Schmid, is the story of 11-year-old Kattaka, who travels from Germany to Poland in search of her biological father. She only knows that he is a Russian sailor named Alexei whose ship moors in Gdynia till New Year's Eve. Kattaka and a boy from her neighborhood set off on the journey in an old Barkas bus driven by her nana, a 70-year-old relocated from East Prussia.
The Bear, the second film from Dan Chişu (Websitestory, www.websitestory.ro), has completed shooting and is now in post-production.
The Turkish comedy Pak Panther, a parody of the Pink Panther films, completed filming on August 26.
Bulgarian animation director, writer, art director and VFX artist Velislava Gospodinova started working on the animated film The Blood Gospodinova is the director of animation film The Lighthouse currently making the rounds of the festival circuit.
Kukuriku: Woman Kingdom, a Turkish sex comedy about relationships in Turkish culture, completed filming on August 6 and has gone into postproduction. The 2.3 million dollar film is produced by Matla Film (www.matlafilm.com).
German director Hermine Huntgeburth is filming a new adaptation of Mark Twain's classical novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The shooting starts on August 30 and will take place in Germany and Romania, where the Romanian countryside will stand in for the Mississippi Valley and Aunt Polly's farm.
Adrian Sitaru (Angling/Pescuit sportiv) starts shooting his second feature, From Love With Best Intentions/ Din dragoste, cu cele mai bune intenţii on September 9. The film is a story about growing up in contemporary Romania, and follows a successful young man confronted with the sudden illness of his mother and the impossibility of controlling everything in his life.
Áron Gauder, director of the internationally successful feature animation, Nyócker (The District) is in an advanced phase of his new project, a 3D animation with a complex visual world, Egill, the Last Pagan.
Virgil Nicolaescu has started shooting his first feature, Naşa/The Godmother, a comedy inspired by the American movies with Italian gangsters, but fashioned after the Romanian realities.
Model and actress Laetitia Casta began a nine week shoot August 10 on Kamen Kalev's second feature The Island. She plays a French journalist and girlfriend of a businessman with Bulgarian roots, played by Danish actor Thure Lindhardt (Angels and Demons).