New films from Tadjik director Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov and Georgia’s Dito Tsintsadze are being lined up for production this year by Thanassis Karathanos of Twenty Twenty Vision and Pallas Film.

Karathanos, the German co-producer on Rafi Pitts’ competition film The Hunter, said Khudojnazarov’s Waiting For The Sea is being structured as a Germany-France-Belgium-Russia co-production with Silkroad Production, Entre Chien Et Loups and Viss Production, and will be shot in the steppes near the Aral Sea from April.

It is hoped Tsintsadze’s thriller Invasion, which is being pitched at the Berlinale Co-Production Market, will shoot this autumn. The $2.7m project has backing from the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and the German Federal Film Fund.