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Works in progress pitched at Karlovy Vary

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Producers presented 17 new projects from Central and Eastern Europe at the traditional East of the West Works in Progress panel, within the framework of the recent Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Children of the Green Dragon (working title) tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a Hungarian real estate agent and a Chinese security guard. The film, directed by Bence Miklauzic and produced by Jozsef Berger of Mythberg Films (Hungary), should be released this October.

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Wonderful Summer, a drama-comedy from Ryszard Brylski, recently screened at the 35th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia. Producers Opus Film (Poland) are looking for sales outside Poland, where the film will be released this fall.

House is a drama about a teenage girl who resist her father's plan to build a house for her. Director Zuzana Liova's script has already won several international awards. The film is produced by Fog’n’Desire Films (Slovakia) with Film Europe (Czech Republic).

Erratum, a drama from director Marek Lechki, follows a man on a emotional journey to his home town. It is produced by Harmony Film Production (Poland) and will be released in October.

Head - Hands - Heart depicts a woman's relationship with three army officers, set against the backdrop of World War I. The film is directed David Jarab and producer Viktor Schwarcz of Cineart TV Prague (Czech Republic). Release is scheduled for November.

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is a true-crime thriller from director-producer Petr Jakl of J.B.J. Films (Czech Republic) and producer Igor Konyukov of Hollywood Classic Entertainment (Czech Republic) due to be released in August.

Love.net, a drama from director Ilian Djevelekov, produced by Miramar Film (Bulgaria), is currently in post production. The film tells several parallel stories about its characters' interactions on line.

Apricot Island, from Slovak director Peter Bebjak, tells the story of a woman who inspires passion and rage in a pair of brothers. The film is produced by Rasto Sestak and will feature performances by Gyory Cserhalmi, Attlia Mokos and Szidi Tobias.

The Greatest Czech, from director Robert Sedlacek, follows a crew of frustrated filmmakers as they pursue various and unusual records. Produced by Radim Prochazka, the film will be released in August.

80 Letters (working title), a drama from director-producer Vaclav Kadrnka, is a personal look at a the correspondence between a Czech emigre to England and the wife he left behind.

Panoptican is a thriller set in a small town where all is not as it seem. Directed by Barbara Kurzaj and Slawomir Shuty, the film is produced by TVP (Poland) and will be released in September.

The Show Must Go On, a drama-thriller from director Nevio Marasovic, is set in a near future when the contestants of a reality show are not aware of the war that rages outside the set. Produced by Copycat (Croatia), the film will be released later this month.

Adalbert's Dream (working title) is a black comedy based on a true story of coincidences that took place in Romania in 1986. The film is directed by Gabriel Achim and produced by Dan Burlac. Visitors to the panel also had the chance to see footage from the set of Leaving, a drama from debut director (and former Czech president) Vaclav Havel, currently in production.

Other works in progress presented at the panel included Balkan Bazaar (working title), a comedy from Albanian director Edmond Budina; Delirium, a drama from Ukrainian director Ihor Podolchak; and Gulf Stream Under the Iceberg, a drama from Russian director Yegeny Pashkevich.

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