Magazine article Screen International

Mira Fornay Project among Sofia Meetings

Magazine article Screen International

Mira Fornay Project among Sofia Meetings

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New films by Mira Fornay, Radu Jude and Stephan Komandarev are among the projects to be pitched at this year's Sofia Meetings (March 13-16).

The Plus Minus One line-up of eight projects includes the third feature from Slovakian filmmaker Mira Fornay. Cook, F--k, Kill (Frogs With No-Tongues) is an absurdist drama about domestic violence.

It follows her 2009 feature debut Little Foxes and 2013's My Dog Killer, which won a Tiger Award at last year's International Film Festival Rotterdam and was Slovakia's submission for for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar.

Romanian Radu Jude's Scarred Hearts, inspired by author Max Blecher's eponymous novel and other writings, will be produced by his regular collaborator Ada Solomon of HiFilm Productions.

Greek director Rinio Dragassaki's coming of age film Cosmic Candy is also in the line-up. Her short, Schoolyard, screened in the Generation 14plus at this year's Berlinale.

In addition, Petar Ristovski's first feature film as a director and screenwriter, God Is Returning Home, which will focus on the conflict between Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo, will be pitched for the first time in Sofia.

His father, Serbian actor Lazar Ristovski, will be one of the producers of the Zillion Film production.Screen Future Leaders

The 11th edition of the Sofia Meetings will also feature projects by two producers selected as Screen Future Leaders at last year's Cannes Film Festival: Germany's Sol Bondy and Bulgaria's Konstantin Bojanov.

Berlin-based Bondy's One Two Films will present Jan Speckenbach's [euro]5m second feature The Sound Of Stones (Das Klopfen der Steine), which is set in post-war Berlin immediately after the end of the Second World War as the "rubble women" (Trümmerfrauen) helped to rebuild the nation.

The project won the "Made in Germany" development prize last year after Speckenbach showed his feature debut Reported Missing (Die Vermissten) in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino sidebar of the Berlinale in 2012.

Meanwhile, Bojanov wil be coming to Sofia with I Want To Be Like You, which he had presented at Berlinale Co-Production Market this month and will now pitch in the Second Film Projects section.

The [euro]1.33m co-production by the director's own company KB Projects East and Mila Voinikova's Multfilm with France's KinoElektron, UK's F&ME, Belgium's Left Field Ventures and The Netherlands' Lemming Film is described by Bojanov as "a freewheeling film, full of lightness and optimism ... aimed at predominantly younger audiences".Negoescu and Komandarev

Other second features looking for partners in Sofia will include Lithuanian film-maker Ignas Jonynas' Dancers Without Defects, a thriller about a blind dancer taking part in a TV dance contest, coming after his award-winning The Gambler; and Romanian director Paul Negoescu's Never Let It Go, after his FIPRESCI Prize-winning debut A Month in Thailand. …

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