Eastern Europe Directors to Showcase Projects at Moscow's CentEast Event

Wojtek Smarzowski's "Traffic Department" is among the previous projects pitched at CentEast.

The movie incubator includes new projects by Jan Hrebejk, Jan Komasa, Vladimir Kott and Anna Melikyan.

MOSCOW – One of Eastern Europe's most successful movie project incubators, CentEast Warsaw-Moscow, has announced titles to be presented at its fifth edition in Moscow later this month.

They include new films by some of the region's top filmmakers, including Czech director Jan Hrebejk, Poland's Jan Komasa and Russians Vladimir Kott and Anna Melikyan.

The one-day event, which has established a reputation for helping further projects that have gone on to international success -- including Russian directors Yuri Bykov's The Major, which screened this year in Cannes sidebar Critics' Week, and Victor Ginzburg's Generation P; and Polish director Wojtek Smarzowski's Traffic Department -- brings filmmakers together with festival programmers and top sales and distribution companies.

Participants this year will include programmers from Cannes, Berlin and Gothenburg film festivals and executives from companies that include Wild Bunch, Rezo Film Alpha Violet, Amadeus Entertainment, Film Europe, 01 RAI Cinema and Latido Films, along with Russian distributors and producers.

New projects from Russia, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Hungary at the event include Bucharest Nonstop (director: Dan Chisu, Romania); Chagall-Malevich (Alexander Mitta, Russia); For Some Inexplicable Reason (Gabor Reisz, Hungary); The Guide (Oles Sanin, Ukraine); The Icing (Jan Hrebejk, Czech Republic); I Know How to Knit (Nadezhda Stepanova, Russia); Sound Hunters (Myroslav Slaboshpitskiy, Ukraine); and Warsaw '44 (Jan Komasa, Poland.)

Films from Russia that are currently in postproduction will also be presented under the Project for Tomorrow section of the event.

They include Birmingham Ornament. Part 2, directed by Yury Leiderman and Andrey Silvestrov; Brothers CH, Mikhail Ugarov; Case N, Andrey Nikitinskikh; Star, Anna Melikyan; The Martian, Alexander Kulikov and Mikhail Raskhodnikov; The Lower Depths, Vladimir Kott; A Touch of Wind, Olga Veremeeva, Son, Vyacheslav Ross; Reality. The Beginning, Antoine Cattin and Dmitry Kubasov; and Moscow Never Sleeps, Johnny O'Reilly.

CentEast Warsaw-Moscow and Project for Tomorrow takes place in Moscow on Oct. 20.