Magazine article Screen International

First UK-Albania Co-Pro Shooting

Magazine article Screen International

First UK-Albania Co-Pro Shooting

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EXCLUSIVE: F&ME, ATP and Popov unite for Amsterdam Express.

The UK's Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) has joined forces with Albania's Act Triangle Productions (ATP), the Netherland's Popov Film and Germany's Lara Film for Fatmir Koci's Amsterdam Express, the first UK-Albania co-production.

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Amsterdam Express

The UK-Albania-Netherlands-Germany co-production has just finished the first segment of its six-week shoot in Amsterdam before now moving to Tirana. The film will will wrap on Aug 23 and will do post-production in Amsterdam.

Koci's fourth feature is about a young Albanian emigrant (Blerim Destani) in Amsterdam who falls victim to the threats of drug and sex slave traffickers. He is also managing his marriage of convenience with a Dutch girl and his true love back in Albania. Koci wrote the script with Jonathan Preece.

The film's producers are F&ME's Mike Downey and Sam Taylor with Xhevdet Feri and Blerim Destani in co-production with Dragan Bakema and Kuba Szutkowski. Koci serves as executive producer.

Backing comes from the Albanian Film Centre as well as equity investments from each of the co-producers. …

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