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A double award winner from the Venice film festival (Silver lion for best director and cinematography), Alexey German Jr.'s Paper Soldier screens at Karlovy Vary in the East of the West competition section.
Árpád Sopsits' The Seventh Circle -- the concluding film in the director's half-century trilogy -- takes its title and inspiration from Dante's Divine Comedy.

Commercial Polish broadcaster TVN posted a first quarter 2009 loss of PLN 29 million (6.5 million Euro), compared with a PLN 63 million profit in first quarter 2008.

A newly discovered interest in local film production pushed the market share for Slovak films to an unprecedented 15% in 2008.
Czech films conquered the local admissions and helped drive the 2008 box office to an all-time record and post-Communist record admissions of 12.9 million.
Juraj Jakubisko, whose recent box office hit Bathory, broke Central European production records, is developing a Slavic saga entitled One Thousand Years of Solitude.

Following a rise in local film production and co-productions, Slovakia is finding increased sales fo foreign territories for its top titles.

Lukáš Přibyl's four-part labor of love that began with his family history, the Czech feature documentary series Forgotten Transports, is ready to set out on its final journery: the international festival circuit in search of audiences and sales.

Distributors may find producer Deana Jakubiskova a tough negotiator, but her marketing vision has paid off: Bathory was the 2008 mega-hit in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Regional TV giant, Central European Media Enterprises, reported a 37% year-on-year decrease in net revenues, at $141.2 million (€106 million) for the first quarter of 2009.