American actor John Malkovich supports a project to build Stonebridge Studios, a film, music and media production facility in Skopje, North Macedonia. The studio will be the largest of its kind in the Balkans, he said, reports Film New Europe.
The actor, who is currently in the Serbian town of Zaječar, will work with fellow actors DW Moffett and Matt Dillon on setting up the studio, which is part of the Skopje Technology Park project.
In a video shared with Macedonian Broadcasting, Malkovich – whose father is of Croatian descent – said the project was particularly important to him as a “son of the Balkans”. He said he firmly believes this will be crucial for the country and the region, and will amplify in every possible way the already elevated film, music and arts communities in the Balkans.
The Skopje Technology Park is an initiative of STP Capital Partners Holding, a Macedonian company founded by a group of companies and partners based mainly in the United States. According to their business plan, the direct investment of 170 million euros to 240 million euros will lead to 1.6 billion euros for the Macedonian GDP.
The project has yet to achieve strategic investment status, which would trigger government funding.
Ádám Breier shoots a bittersweet comedy-drama “The Lefkovices are in mourning”
Hungarian director Ádám Breier is shooting his feature debut, the bittersweet comedy-drama ‘The Lefkovices Are in Mourning’, produced as part of the Hungarian National Film Institute’s incubator programme.
The big-hearted but headstrong boxing trainer Tamás Lefkovics (Zoltán Bezerédi) had such a bad relationship with his son Iván (Tamás Szabó Kimmel) that they haven’t spoken in years. However, upon the unexpected death of Tamás’ wife (Ágnes Máhr), Iván, who has meanwhile become a religious in Israel, decides to move into Tamás’ apartment and, in accordance with Jewish traditions, spend a week there. of mourning and shiva.
“For me, it’s extremely important to talk about family issues with humor and acceptance, and to show that there is indeed hope,” said Breier, who, writing the film with Bálint Csaba, who s is inspired by its own conflicts. family identity.
“The Lefkovices Are Mourning” is produced by ULab and co-produced by Proton Cinema with the support of the National Film Institute – Hungary. The producers are Miklós Kázmer, Ádám Felszeghy and Andrea Ausztrics, and Breier is the co-producer. Claudia Sümeghy is the executive producer.
Filming is expected to wrap at the end of August. The theatrical release is scheduled for fall 2023.
Vlad Petri in post-production with Romanian/Croatian documentary ‘Between Revolutions’
Courtesy of Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Romanian director Vlad Petri is in post-production with his feature documentary “Between Revolutions”.
The Romanian-Croatian co-production is one of nine projects from Central and Eastern Europe featured in Docu Talents From the East, as part of the CineLink Industry Days in Sarajevo.
The film, made entirely from archival footage from Romania and Iran, follows two women from both countries who became friends while studying medicine in Bucharest, but were separated by the 1979 Iranian revolution.
“We think it’s an important film for today because it focuses on the stories of women in two patriarchal societies, living between two of the most important revolutions of the 20th century. It’s a film about hopes and utopias, about dreams and freedoms,” Vlad Petri told FNE.
“Between Revolutions” is produced by Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan via Activ Docs Production from Romania, in co-production with Oliver Sertic via Restart from Croatia, with the support of the Romanian Cinema Center (CNC), the Croatian Audiovisual Center (HAVC) and the Romanian Television (TVR), and the Doha Film Institute.
“The most difficult thing in producing the film was finding the right archives for the story,” Petri said.
The project was pitched at FIPADOC Biarritz in France, and participated in the Dok.incubator and First Cut Lab workshops at the Transilvania Film Festival.
The estimated premiere date is February 2023.
Interested in political and social subjects, Petri won three Romanian Gopo awards: for the best debut in 2015 with “Bucharest, ou es-tu Bucarest? », and twice for the best documentary short film with « The deer passed in front of me » in 2021, and « The Same Dream » in 2021. He also won the special mention of the jury in Sarajevo with « The Same Dream » in 2021.
Patryk Vega in post-production with ‘Invisible War’
The latest autobiographical film written and directed by Patryk Vega, titled ‘Invisible War’, will be released in Polish cinemas on September 30, starring Rafał Zawierucha in the lead. The film is in post-production.
“Invisible War”, produced by Vega’s own company, Vega Investments, is the answer to the questions: what shaped Vega as a man and as a director, where did he come from and how? were the ideas for his films born?
“It’s not a documentary, a monument or a glorification. It’s a quick story about myself, filled with truth, emotion and characteristic humor, revealing behind the scenes of the life and career of the most controversial director,” Vega said in a statement.
Courtesy of FNE
The cast will include Rafał Zawierucha, Anna Mucha, Piotr Cyrwus, Ignacy Klim and Justyna Karłowska.
The local distributor is Kino Świat.
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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