BERLIN: Bulgarian director Milko Lazarov offers a poignant view on a vanishing way of life with his Berlin competition entry Aga

BERLIN: Russian director Alexei German Jr has scored a slot in the main competition with the Russian, Polish, Serbian coproduction Dovlatov about six days in the life of the brilliantly ironic Russian Jewish writer Sergei Dovlatov who eventually left the Soviet Union for the USA when his writings were not possible to publish in the USSR.

BERLIN: Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska arrives back in the main competition with her latest film Mug after winning the Best Director prize here with her film Body in 2015. It’s another noteworthy entry from this masterful director who is now in the prime of her career and fully in command of her art.

BERLIN: Romanian experimental filmmaker Adian Pintilie’s debut feature Touch Me Not is probably one of the most unusual films to unspool in the Berlinale main competition this year.  The film mixes the fiction and non-fiction genres in a mind bending examination of human intimacy that will leave both critics and audiences divided over whether to love or hate this unusual film.

WARSAW: The 71 Cannes Film Festival has just added three more films to its competition lineup, produced with minority coproduction partners from Poland, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

MOSCOW: The Oscar nominated Loveless directed by Andrei Zvyagintsev won awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Music and Best Cinematography at the first ever edition of the East West Golden Arch awards, a new prize for films from the 32 countries of Eastern Europe and Western Asia.

MOSCOW: The Moscow International Film Festival will take place 19-26 April 2018 this year after being kicked out of its usual June slot by the 2018 FIFA Football, which is being held in Russia during June this year.

BERLIN: The top prizes at the 68 Berlin International Film Festival’s Main Competition went to female directors from Romania and Poland with Adina Pintilie’s Touch Me Not winning the Golden Bear for Best Film and Małgorzata Szumowska’s Mug winning the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize. Touch Me Not is a Romania, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, France coproduction, so champagne was being opened all over the region on the night of the awards ceremony. Pintilie’s Touch Me Not also scored numerous other awards and prizes. The festival held 15-25 February 2018 held its main awards ceremony on 24 February.

BERLIN: Izabela Kiszka-Hoflik, who spent 12 successful years at the Polish Film Institute as head of the International and Production Departments, has launched a new sales and promotion company IKH Pictures Promotion to promote and sell Polish films worldwide. The new venture is the first sales agent devoted to Polish films only. In addition she will also work as a PR consultant and publicist for Polish films.

BERLIN: The film centres of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have signed an agreement with Locarno International Film Festival that will see six Baltic producers participate in the festival’s international Match Me! programme.