FNE at Connecting Cottbus 2018 Works in Progress: Brighton 4

Brighton 4th by Levan Koguashvili Brighton 4th by Levan Koguashvili

COTTBUS: Six works in progress presented at the 20th edition of Connecting Cottbus, taking place 8 and 9 November 2018, stretched the territorial range of the iconic East-West coproduction market, offering a concrete example of CEE producers both working together and reaching out to make unexpected connections.

Brighton 4 is a prime example, a coproduction between Georgia, Monaco, Russia, Bulgaria and the USA. The dramedy directed by Levan Koguashvili is produced by Georgia’s Kino Iberica, with Monaco’s KMN, Russia’s Moskvich, Bulgaria’s Art Fest and Broken Cage from the USA. Producer Olena Yershova introduced the film, which is looking for help with post-production along with sales agents and TV pre-sales. The film tells the story of a Georgian father who travels to Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, New York, to help his son out of a gambling debt. The director uses authentic non-pro actors in the cast of the film, which looks at the underbelly of life in the immigrant community in Brighton Beach. The film has primarily Georgian and Russian dialogue, with some English.

The budget of just under 1.1 m EUR needs gap financing of 200,000 EUR. The producers originally had lined up a Greek coproducer, but were unable to come up with the minimum required percentage of funding. Brighton 4 received a production grant of 190,000 EUR in January 2016 from the Georgian National Film Center and 100,000 EUR from the Bulgarian National Film Center. The film was partially shot at Nu Boyana Film Studios.

The producers would like to complete the film by the end of January 2019.

Production information:

Kino Iberica (Georgia)
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Art Fest (Bulgaria)
KNM (Monaco)
Moskvich (Russia)
Broken Cage (USA)

Director: Levan Koguashvili
Script: Boris Frumin, Levan Koguashvili
DoP: Phedon Papamichael
Produced by Olena Yershova, Irakli Rodonaya, Stefan Kitanov, Michel Merkt
Cast: Levan Tedaishili, Kakhi Kavsadze, Stefaniya Makarova, Nadezhda Mikhalkova, Tornike Bziava, Lew Gardner, Giorgi Kipshidze, Anastasia Romashko, Irakli Kavsadze, Giorgi Tabidze, Laura Rekhviashvili, Yuri Zur