HBO Central Europe acquires Latvian comedy ‘Samuel’s Travels’ – C&E Europe News in Brief

“Samuel’s Travels”, directed by Latvian/Armenian filmmaker Aik Karapetian, has been acquired by HBO Central Europe. The deal was signed by Copenhagen-based LevelK, which secured the film’s international sales rights in September, according to Film New Europe.

The acquisition by HBO Central Europe, whose license period should begin in the fall, will cover Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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“Samuels Travels”, a dark and humorous story of a lonely traveler’s journey gone horribly wrong, is Karapetian’s fourth feature film. The main roles are played by Belgian actor Kevin Janssens and Latvian actress Laura Siliņa, among a mostly Latvian cast.

The film was produced by Mistrus Media of Latvia in co-production with Polar Bear of Belgium, and it was financed by the National Film Center of Latvia, the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia and the Belgian fund Tax Shelter.

“Samuel’s Travels” had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas in September.

“Vera Dreams of the Sea” wins GoEast
Macedonian minority co-production “Vera Dreams of the Sea” by Kaltrina Krasniqi received the Golden Lily for Best Film in the International Competition section of the 22nd edition of GoEast – Central and Eastern European Film Festival, which took place completed in Wiesbaden on April 25.

The Macedonian documentary project “I Don’t Want” by Hanis Bagashov received two awards at the East-West Talent Lab: the Renovabis Research Grant and the Current Time TV Award.

The festival screened 87 films and more than 200 guests attended. Highlights included the presence of Polish filmmaker Paweł Łoziński and Georgian director Lana Gogoberidze, who presented a retrospective of her work.

International competition
Golden lily for the cinema:
“Vera Dreams of the Sea” (Kosovo, Albania, North Macedonia), directed by Kaltrina Krasniqi

City of Wiesbaden Award for Director:
Anna Nemes and László Csuja for “Gentle” (Hungary, Germany)

CEEOL Documentary Award:
“Boney Piles” (Ukraine), directed by Taras Tomenko

Special mention:
“As Far as I Can Walk” (Serbia, Luxembourg, France, Bulgaria, Lithuania), directed by Stefan Arsenijević

FIPRESCI Award – Feature Film
“Pilgrims” (Lithuania), directed by Laurynas Bareiša

FIPRESCI Prize – Documentary
“Boney Piles” (Ukraine), directed by Taras Tomenko

Work in progress contest
Merck Innovation Award for XR:
“Arctic Recall” (Russia), directed by Anna Tolkacheva

Special mention:
“If These Streets Could Talk” (Hungary), directed by Barna Szász

East-West Talent Lab
Renovabis research grant:
“I don’t want” (North Macedonia), directed by Hanis Bagashov

Today’s TV Awards (US):
“I don’t want” (North Macedonia), directed by Hanis Bagashov

Pitch-the-Doc Award:
“Elena in Deleyna” (Bulgaria), directed by Elena Stoycheva

3sat broadcast offer:
“Klondike” (Ukraine, Turkey), directed by Maryna Er Gorbach

Krakow Film Festival announces lineup
The 15 documentaries selected in the international competition section of the Krakow Film Festival include six productions from the Central and Eastern European region. The 62nd edition of the event will be held from May 29 to June 5, and online across Poland from June 3 to 12.

The lineup includes titles from Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

The festival is on the list of Oscar-eligible events in the short films (fiction, animation and documentary) and feature-length documentaries categories, as well as films recommended for the European Film Awards in the same categories.

- Credit: Courtesy of FNE

– Credit: Courtesy of FNE

Courtesy of FNE

International Documentary Competition
“1341 Frames of Love & War” (Israel), directed by Ran Tal
“Adamiani” (Japan, Netherlands), directed by Hirotoshi Takeoka
“Boylesque” (Poland), directed by Bogna Kowalczyk
“En mis zapatos” (Belgium), directed by Pedro Morato
“The Cathedral” (Slovakia), directed by Denis Dobrovoda
“Fragile Memory” (Ukraine, Slovakia), directed by Ihor Ivanko
“Little Axel” (Norway), directed by Fabien Greenberg
“At Full Throttle” (Czech Republic, Slovakia), directed by Miro Remo
“No place for you in our city” (Bulgaria), directed by Nikolay Stefanov
“Beneath the Surface” (Norway, UK), directed by Alexander Niakaris Irvine-Cox
“Tolyatti Adrift” (Spain), directed by Laura Sistero
“Reconstruction of Occupation” (Czech Republic), directed by Jan Šikl
“Eternal Spring” (Canada), directed by Jason Loftus
“All That Breathes” (US, UK, India), directed by Shaunak Sen

This article is published in partnership with the online news service Film New Europe, which covers news from the film and television industry across Central and Eastern Europe.

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