Polish studio will finance and produce comedy

Poland’s most modern moviemaking complex, Alvernia Studios, is to fund and produce its own film for the first time this summer.

The English-language comedy will have an international cast and director; Alvernia is keeping further details under wraps.

It’s a step up for the studio that in the last two years has established itself as a service provider for domestic and foreign movies, post-production and music recording.

It co-financed two U.S.-Polish co-productions: Sundance player “Arbitrage,” directed by Nicholas Jarecki and toplining Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere and Tim Roth; and Amy Heckerling’s “Vamps,” starring Sigourney Weaver, Alicia Silverstone and Malcolm McDowell. Each film had a budget of about $10 million.

Alvernia, which has two 21,500 square-foot soundstages, one with what’s touted as the world’s largest spherical shadeless bluescreens, and a raft of technical labs and services, won’t reveal the budget for its new fully-financed feature, but studio spokesperson Anna Dziedzic said it has built up a “substantial investment fund” to enable it to back its own projects.

“CEO Stanislaw Tyczynski has built up an international team at the studio,” Dziedzic said.

“He is a very hands-on producer and gets involved in development, scripts and all aspects of production. The studio has its own funds for movie projects and co-productions with the U.S. and other countries.”

The studio, 20 miles outside the country’s cultural capital, Krakow, is also targeting post-production work in Eastern Europe, where there is a lack of good facilities.

And as European 35mm labs close in the face of digital, Alvernia remains committed to providing film lab facilities.

It has recently built an onsite hotel to accommodate visiting productions and also offers sound recording facilities for musicians.

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