The CentEast Market reveals a new slate of works in progress
by Martin Kudláč
- Valentyn Vasyanovych's feature debut is among the ten selected projects
Nine feature-length fiction films and one documentary from Eastern Europe are slated to make an appearance at the 11th edition of the CentEast Market. The chosen projects will be presented by their representatives during the 31st Warsaw Film Festival on 16 October and will repeat the presentations in Moscow three days later. Finally, the projects will be brought to the Beijing Film Market in April 2016 as a part of the China-Eastern Europe Film Promotion Project (CentEast Beijing).
Valentyn Vasyanovych, the editor, co-producer and director of photography of the widely acclaimed Ukrainian drama The Tribe [+see also:
film profile], acted entirely in sign language and without subtitles, is readying a new, as yet untitled, project that he will helm. Besides his editing and DoP duties, and lensing and producing Myroslav Slaboshpitsky's sophomore feature, Luxembourg, he directed, wrote, shot and edited the medium-length documentary Crepuscule. His newest feature, currently in post-production, will be presented in Warsaw. Kazakh director Adilkhan Yerzhanov, who was behind the dark and absurd dramedy The Owners, will have his fourth feature, The Plague at the Karatas Village, now in post-production, introduced by his producer, Olga Khlasheva. The producer of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days [+see also:
interview: Cristian Mungiu
interview: Oleg Mutu
film profile] and 12:08 East of Bucharest [+see also:
interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
interview: Daniel Burlac
film profile], Dan Burlac, is bringing Gabriel Achim's sophomore film, The Last Day [+see also:
interview: Gabriel Achim
film profile] (see the news). The dark comedy follows three men as they accompany their friend on his journey to become a monk. Furthermore, Slovakian producer and director Michal Kollár will present his adaptation of best-selling Slovakian crime novel The Red Captain [+see also:
film profile] (see the news), set to roll out in Slovak and Czech cinemas in March 2016.
Also among the titles selected is the Russian-Georgian co-produced Summer of Frozen Fountains [+see also:
interview: Vano Burduli
film profile] by Vano Burduli, which follows several interconnected couples and singles as they look for love in a small city. Another Russian project is Alexander Vartanov's Blueberry Hills Forever. Two domestic productions will also be featured at the CentEast Market: the feature debut by Bartosz M Kowalski, Playground [+see also:
interview: Bartosz M. Kowalski
film profile], which tells the story of a group of teenagers celebrating the end of the school year going awry, and a documentary by Rafał Skalski, Monk of the Sea [+see also:
film profile], on the subject of initiation into adulthood via a monastery. The fifth feature by Bulgarian director and writer Zornitsa Sophia, Voevoda, also made it onto the list – the 19th-century costume drama centres on the historical figure of Rumena Voevoda, a mother and gang leader, struggling to reconcile the warrior within her and her female side. And rounding off the selection is the dark comedy Eastern Business [+see also:
film profile] by Moldovan director Igor Cobileanski (see the news).
The full programme of the CentEast Market will be announced at the beginning of October and can be found on the CentEast website.