SPI International’s new sales arm, Film Europe, has picked up five completed films premiering atBerlin next month.
Screening in Generation Kplus, Who’s Afraid Of The Wolf is a story of love and divorce told from a child’s perspective. When little Terezka encounters a family crisis, her imaginative response is framed in terms of her favourite fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood. The film is directed by Maria Prochazkova.
Film Europe’s European Film Market premieres include the world premiere of Second World War drama Broken Promise, from Slovak director Jiri Chlumsky.
Also at EFM are Slovak marriage drama My Husband’s Women, Czech box-office hit The Great Thaw, Czech romantic comedy Veni, Vidi, Vici , and Polish animated feature Lorts Of The Flys.
The company is also handling three films in post-production: Darkness, a horror from veteran Czech director Juraj Herz; ApricotIsland, from director Peter Bebjak; and Little Witch On A Broomstick by Vaclav Vorlicek.
Created in September 2008, Film Europe works exclusively with films from Central and Eastern Europe. In addition to handling world sales, Film Europe offers producers opportunities for co-production, distribution and promotion.
Managing director is Marta Lamperova, formerly head of sales for MDC International. Silvia Pinterova is in charge of festival strategies and promotion with the company.
EFM is Film Europe’s first market. ‘We want to work with established producers and directors from our region and give them professional service in terms of promoting their films,’ Lamperova said.