MOSCOW — German production company Leipzig-based LE Vision has agreed to co-produce the latest project of Bulgarian director Stephan Komandarev (“The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner”).
Komandarev’s 1.5 million euros ($1.96 million) feature film project, his third — still at the script stage with the working title “The Judgment” — is based on material he shot for two documentaries about the true story of a point on the Bulgarian-Greek border where scores of communist escapees were gunned down as they made their bid for freedom.
Simone Baumann, managing director of LE Vision, said the project, which she agreed to take on for development at last week’s industry confab the Sofia Meetings, held within the framework of the Sofia Intl. Film Festival, Bulgaria, had excited her interest.
“I liked ‘The World Is Big’ and when Stefan came up with this issue I was really excited, particularly since it does have an East German element to it,” she told Variety.
Baumann added: “With these sorts of projects it is very important to get a good co-producer on board at the earliest possible stage.”
The project has so far gotten more than $6,000 in services from Vienna-based distributors East West Intl. from its pitch at the Sofia Meetings.