Eastern European titles at Berlin

Films include 'Suicide Room,' 'El Premio'

Poland has a strong showing in Berlin this year with four titles in official selection, including Jan Komasa’s debut “Suicide Room,” playing in Panorama Special as a world premiere.

Komasa’s film – produced by Jerzy Kapuscinski and Wojciech Kabarowski of Film Studio KADR and supported by the Polish Film Institute – takes the viewer into the sinister interface between teenage spitefulness and Internet social networking platforms.

Picked up last in January by Danish sales house LevelK, “Room” follws the last 100 days at high school of Dominik, a young man from a success-driven family who is looking forward to graduating with top marks and entering the best university. But a series of humiliating events at school pushes Dominik into a virtual world where his online experiences soon bleed dangerously into reality.

“Tomorrow Will Be Better,” Dorota Kedzierzawska’s touching story of three young homeless Russian boys who set off from the railway station where they live in search of a magic place where dreams come true, is screening in youth competish Generation. Producer is Arthur Reinhart’s Kid Film, which is also handling sales.

“Made In Poland,” screening in Forum, is director Przemysiaw Wojcieszek’s story of an angry young skinhead who tattoos “Fuck Off” across his forehead before embarking on a rampage. Producer is Grupa Rafal Widajewicz, with sales handled by Skorpion Art.

“El Premio” directed by Paula Markowitch and screening in the main competish is a minority Polish co-prod with France, Mexico and Germany. D.p. is Poland’s Wojciech Staron. The film is the director’s semi-autobiographical story of life under the Argenitian junta in the 1970s. Staron Film co-produced.

Veteran Polish director Jerzy Hoffman’s latest film, the $7 million-budgeted 3D “Battle of Warsaw 1920,” due for release later this year, will be repped at the EFM by the Polish Film Institute.

Czech films in Berlin include Karel Janak’s “Little Knight’s Tale” (NonStop Sales, Sweden); kid toon “Kooky” by Jan Sverak (Fandango Portobella sales, U.K.); “3 Seasons in Hell” by Tomas Masin (The Yellow Affair, Sweden/Finland); and “Walking Too Fast” by Radim Spacek (Bionaut, Czech Republic).

The trailer for “Leaving,” former Czech president Vaclav Havel’s first film as a director, is represented at the EFM by Simply Cinema, Czech Republic.

Bulgarian films include Dimitar Mitovski’s domestic hit comedy “Mission London,” (Stealth Media Group, U.K.) and Andrey Paounov’s films “The Boy Who Was a King,” and “Georgi and the Butterflies” (Agitprop, Sofia).

Hungarian films, repped by Hungaricom, include: “Lull,” by Tamas Sas, the story of three women who set out for a day’s sailing on Lake Balaton only for it to end in tragedy; and Denes Orosz’s “Poligamy” a comedy about a young man who wakes up to find a strange woman in bed instead of his girlfriend.

Hungarian international film promotion body Filmunio will be repping titles that would normally have been screened at the annual Hungarian Film Week, but the country’s financial crisis forced that event to move to April. Most titles will be availabe on DVD but Bence Miklauzic’s “Children of the Green Dragoon” (sales agent Yellow Affair) may get a market screening, according to Filmunio topper Eva Vezer.

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