PRAGUE: Award winning film and TV director Robert Sedláček starts shooting a feature film dedicated to Jan Palach, who committed self-immolation after the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact armies in 1968. The Czech/Slovak coproduction Jan Palach will be released on 21 August 2018, the day of the 50th anniversary of the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia.
VILNIUS: Acclaimed film, theatre and TV director Raimundas Banionis is returning to film directing after 25 years with The Purple Fog / Purpurinis rūkas. This historical drama is currently in production with theatrical release set for 2018.
RIGA: Acclaimed documentary filmmaker and DoP Ivars Zviedris is currently in production with The Smuggler, a story set on the Latvian/Russian border.
SKOPJE: Macedonian director Kristijan Risteski is developing his debut feature Snow White Dies in the End / Snezana umira na krajot. The project has been selected for the CineLink Co-Production Market, set to take place from 14 to 17 August 2017 within the 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival (11-18 August 2016).
PRAGUE: Filip Renč is currently shooting Desperate Women Do Desperate Things / Zoufalé ženy dělají zoufalé věcí, a comedy based on two books by Halina Pawlovská, one of the most popular Czech writers and TV personalities.
WARSAW: Acclaimed Polish film director Krzysztof Zanussi is preparing a new feature film Ether, which will follow a military doctor at the beginning of the 20th century as he is experimenting with science in order to get power over people.
LJUBLJANA: My Last Year as a Loser / Ne bom več luzerka by Urša Menart will start shooting on 6 September 2017. The story of a 29-year-old unemployed girl, who is stuck in the midst of Slovenia's seemingly never-ending economic crisis, is Menart’s debut feature.
SOFIA: Bulgarian film director Milko Lazarov is in postproduction with his second feature film Nanook. This Bulgarian / German / French coproduction was shot in Sakha (Yakutia) Republic within the Russian Federation, known as one the coldest places on earth. The project will participate in the forthcoming CineLink Work in Progress of the Sarajevo IFF.
TBILISI: A new Indian production and the seventh project implemented within the state programme Film in Georgia is currently shooting in Georgia. The Georgian Sarke Studio is servicing.
WARSAW: Polish public broadaster TVP is currently in postproduction with a new original series City of Treasures, starring Magdalena Różdżka and Magdalena Popławska. The series will premiere in September 2017.