Magazine article Screen International

Mitic, Mansky, Jashi Projects Join East Doc Platform

Magazine article Screen International

Mitic, Mansky, Jashi Projects Join East Doc Platform

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New documentaries by Boris Mitic, Vitaly Mansky and Salome Jashi are among the projects being pitched at this year's East Doc Platform in Prague (March 2-8).

Broadcasters, distributors, film funders, festivals and producers from Europe and North America will attend pitching sessions for the East European Forum, Project Market and the second edition of the cross-media showcase Doc Tank.

200 applications were submitted for the 15th edition of the East European Forum which will be presenting ten projects including:

Georgian film-maker Salomé Jashi's The Station about the aspirations of the only journalist and anchor-woman of a small provincial TV station

Estonian Jaak Kilmi's People From Nowhere which will also be presented at next week's When East Meets West co-production gathering in Trieste

Jakub Piatek's A Film For My Mom, a home video documentary with fictional scenes

Vitaly Mansky's highly topically Close Relations - The Ukraine Crisis, My Family and I, showing the director returning to his native Ukraine to visit his relatives in Lviv, Odessa and the Crimea to find out what lies behind the current conflict.

Originally selected projects Release Oleg Sentsov and California City were replaced by Olga Delane's personal portrait Olga, Go Home or "Siberian Love" and Croatian director Zoran Krema's Rosemarie about two lovers meeting up 50 years later thanks to the Internet.Project Market

A total 18 projects in various stages of production were selected for the Project Market, including:

Ukrainian director Andrei Zagdansky's Michael and Daniel about the relationship between a father and his son who suffers from cerebral palsy and deafness. The same team made the portrait Two in 1991

Romania Alexandru Belc's Cinema, Mon Amour, produced by Libra Productions' Tudor Giurgiu with Czech production outfit Pink Productions and HBO Europe. A work in progress of the film was shown at the Transilvania International Film Festival in Cluj last year

Hungarian Katalin Bársony's Jazz Way Out about a shy young piano player creating a new sound, a Jazz-Gypsy fusion, in a rundown Roma neighbourhood of Budapest. The Baxt Films production is also co-produced by HBO Europe.

Martin Kohout's The Czech Way exploring the country's economic transformation in the 1990s

Enrique Sánchez Lasch's Paul Robeson - Behind The Curtain about the singer's development as a political active artist during the Cold War

Boris Mitic's In Praise Of Nothing in which Nothing, personified by an imaginary narrator, exposes the follies, foib les and failings of our society

Vlatka Vorkapic's Postponed Revolution on the effects of the economic crisis on the people in Croatia. …

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