Simon Magus and The Nine Lives Of Alex Katz director Ben Hopkins started shooting in Turkey today for his third fiction feature, The Market.

The project is the first co-production between Kazakhstan, Turkey, Germany and the UK. The Market will be shot in the Turkish language.

Producers are Roshanak Behesht Nedjad of Babelsberg-based Flying Moon Film Production, Nikki Parrott of Tigerlily films in London, and Ceyda Tufan of Pi films in Istanbul. The feature also has backing of financiers Geissendoerfer Films in Germany and Eurasia Film in Kazakhstan.

The Market is shooting in Eastern Turkey, near the city of Van, where Hopkins also shot his 2005 award-winning documentary 37 Uses For A Dead Sheep.

The cast features established Turkish actors Tayanc Ayaydin and Genco Erkal.

Hopkins also wrote the screenplay, a tragic-comic story of a black market trader.

Piffl Medien Film Distribution will distribute in Germany, and The Works International will handle worldwide sales.

Other supporters of the project include Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB) and Leipzig-based MDM. The BBC pre-bought TV rights.