COTTBUS: Turkish writer/director Senem Tüzen will make her feature film debut with Motherland, a struggle between a traditionalist mother and daughter, who moves to the city.

BRATISLAVA: Czech director Milan Cieslar is postproduction with the last work by Czech author Arnost Lustig, the screen adaptation of Lustig’s 1992 novel Colette. The film will be Cieslar’s first English language feature.

COTTBUS: A Russian outpost in northern Kyrgyzstan is the setting for a U.K. produced black comedy about three punks who, unwittingly steal a statue of a Russian icon, Lenin?!

COTTBUS: Turkish writer/director Senem Tüzen will make her feature film debut with Motherland, a struggle between a traditionalist mother and daughter, who moves to the city.

COTTBUS: Serbian star Mirjana Karanovic (When Father Was Away on Business, Grbavica) will make her writing and directing debut with a post-Yugoslav war film A Good Wife.

COTTBUS: Following the success of Punk’s Not Dead which won the East of the West award at the 2011 Karlovy Vary IFF (www.kviff.com), Macedonian director Vladimir Blazevski and Punk Film (www.punkfilm.mk) producer Darko Popov reteam with the black comedy Freedom or Death, pitched at Connecting Cottbus (www.connecting-cottbus.de).

COTTBUS: Polish director Bartek Konopka, whose imaginative and clever 2009 documentary Rabbit a la Berlin received an Oscar nomination, presented his new project The Mute at the 2012 edition of Connecting Cottbus (www.connecting-cottbus.de).

COTTBUS: Czech producer Jiri Konecny of endorfilm (www.endorfilm.cz) teams up with FAMU (www.famu.cz) trained Slovenian director Olmo Omerzu for his second film shot in the Czech Republic, Family Film.

 

COTTBUS: Kosovo made its first appearance at the Connecting Cottbus (www.connecting-cottbus.de) pitching forum with Three Windows and a Hanging, a dramatic post-war story from leading Kosovo director Isa Qosja. 

PRAGUE: Cinema City (www.cinemacity.nl), the largest multiplex operator in CEE, recovered most of its earlier 2012 losses in the third quarter, with revenues up 8 percent, to 74.9 m EUR, compared to the same period in 2011. Ticket sales for the quarter were up 7.7 percent, to 9.7 m, with the increase attributed to new screens added in the past year.

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