CZECH REPUBLIC/A remake of «Angélique»
Prague and other Czech towns like Telc have recently welcomed French director Ariel Zeitoun’s film crew which is remaking the famous « Angélique» series. This mega French-German- Belgian-Austrian-Czech Republic coproduction started filming in Austria and will be released in 2014.
Prague will also be used to reconstruct the city of Oslo for the Norwegian movie «The Down’s Detective » by Bard Breien,
as well as the European detective series «Crossing Lines» with William Fichtner and Donald Sutherland (Tandem Communication).
CZECH REPUBLIC 2/Promotion and Coordination
The Czech Republic and the Ostrava Film Office have organized a «location tour» for foreign filmmakers so that they can discover the city’s industrial locations and its unique socialist- realist architectural style.
Ostrava is one of the films offices that has joined the network which will become the Czech Film Commission with the help of CzechTourism, and which already includes Eastern Bohemia, Jeseniky, South Bo- hemia and Broumovsko.
SPAIN/Ridley Scott and Alex de La Iglesia in Navarra
The British film-maker Ridley Scott has filmed a number of scenes for his next movie «The Counselor», written by Cormac McCarthy, in the natural park of Las Bardenas in Navarra. Starring Cameron Diaz and Javier Bardem, a technical team of 270 people was involved in reconstructing the location which is suppo- sed to represent the US-Mexican border.
The region has also recently welcome the Spanish film star Alex de la Iglesia who was filming a new comedy entitled «Zagarramurdi», with Terele Pávez, Carolina Bang, Hugo Silva and Carmen Maura.
FRANCE/A record year for Var
The famous French department of Var (Saint- Tropez) has had a record year with a steady flow of film projects. These include a Danish TV movie about the life of Van Gogh («A Home for Vincent»), produced by the Endemol Group and directed by Pim van Hoeve, featuring, in particular, the famous Abbey of Thoronet. Plus another Danish movie, this time a thriller for the big screen «The Player» by Tomas Villum Jensen, which involved 5 weeks of filming on location. The filming was organized by the executive producer Kanzaman, and the production received support from the French international tax credit system.
And finally, a British movie, produced by the celebrated Jeremy Thomas (Recorded Pictures), «Dom Hemingway» by Richard Shepard, starring Jude Law and Richard E. Grant.
GERMANY/The Russian Soul of Stuttgart
22 professionals responded to the Film Commission Stuttgart’s invitation to take a journey of discovery to learn about the city’s Russian roots and other North-Eastern Eurasian style locations.
The Russian orthodox church of St. Nikolaus, the Hoppenlau cemetery and the Württemberg mountain sepulcher were the main locations featured on this surprising journey. The visitors were greeted by a group of people of Russian descent and culture.
FINLAND/Finnish Film Affair
To mark its 25th anniversary, the Helsinki International Film Festival launched a new professional event, the “Finnish Film Affair”, which was held from 25-27 September. The event was attended by more than 200 producers, directors and other professionals, as well as international vendors, buyers, distributors and journalists. The schedule included busi- ness meetings, the presentation of Finnish productions and a panel featuring Wendy Mitchell from Screen International.