MALTA: Joaquin Phoenix and Vanessa Kirby have been spotted in Malta recently. The international stars are in Malta for the filming of Ridley Scott’s historical biopic Napoleon.

PRAGUE: Foundation, the Apple TV+ sci-fi series based on the series of novels by Isaac Asimov has discovered new and different worlds for its second season, which is shooting in the Czech Republic.

PRAGUE: Two debut features and three shorts have been supported by the Czech Film Fund with 360 000 EUR going to debut projects and 88 000 EUR going to two student film projects and one project by an experienced filmmaker.

PODGORICA: Director Isa Qosja is in post-production on The Stork / Roda, a Montenegrin/Kosovan/Macedonian/Albanian coproduction.

BUDAPEST: A museum has opened in Budapest dedicated to Hungary’s most famous film star Zsa Zsa Gabor, who died in 2016. The museum was opened by her widower Frederic Prinz Von Anhalt, 78, who was in Budapest for the opening.

LJUBLJANA: The 1972 Yugoslav classic Life Of a Shock Force Worker directed by Bosnian Bahrudin Čengić has received a 50 000 EUR restoration grant from the Association des Cinematheques Europeennes (ACE).  The grant goes to the Slovenian Kinoteka together with three more partners for the remastering of the film.

PRAGUE: The Prague based Institute of Documentary Film has announced the 12 documentary projects that have been selected for the 20th edition of the Ex Oriente Film workshop. The workshop's focused on documentaries from central and eastern Europe.

FNE has teamed up with FIPRESCI critics attending the Cannes Film Festival to rate the films in the Main Competition, Un Certain Regard, Directors' Fortnight and Critics Week, giving the films 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars. 5 is the best and 1 is the worst. The ratings give an overview of critics’ opinions from a large number of countries and provide insights into what critics in many different countries think about the programme.

TBILISI: Kaha Sikharulidze, the First Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, will be taking over as director of the Georgian National Film Centre. Maya Tchilashvili will maintain her position of the First Deputy Director which she’s held since 2015.