‘Loners’ gets company: Hocevar to co-produce

Zelenka script helps push funding through for Czech pic

PRAGUE — Slovenian producer Danijel Hocevar and his company E-motion have signed on as co-producers for Czech feature “Loners.”

First-time Czech-Slovene collaboration was supported by an exceptional-case grant from the Slovenian Film Fund, even though no Slovenian cast or crew members are attached.

In “a very brave and nice gesture,” Hocevar told Daily Variety, the fund “decided to show its real open policy of supporting quality European films.”

Scribe vibe

Hocevar pushed the project based largely on the script by Petr Zelenka, who scored with critics and audiences with his own first feature, “Buttoners.”

“Loners” is a black comedy toplining Macedonian actress Labina Mitevska, who links the story of shifting friendships among a group of twentysomething Praguers.

Director David Ondricek (father Miroslav is the Oscar-nominated cinematographer of “Amadeus”) wears the co-producer’s hat, following the local commercial success of his slacker-generation film “Whisper.”

TV backing

Czech TV is also aboard to support the $650,000 film. It debuts locally in mid-April.

Back in Slovenia, Hocevar is putting together foreign co-producers for a sophomore effort from helmer Janez Burger, set to lens in late summer. Burger made a splash at last summer’s Karlovy Vary festival with his sleeper hit “Idle Running.”

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