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In the village of Breze, on the outskirts of Novi Vinodolski, Minister of Culture Berislav Šipuš, head of HAVC Hrvoje Hribar, producer Aleksandar Črček, lead producer Christian Becker (Rat Pack Productions) and the media visited the set of the Winnetou trilogy. They had the opportunity to watch the filming of the Indian wedding scene, in the new version of the cult films about the Apache Indian chief and his friend Old Shatterhand, based on the books by German author Karl May.
German star producer Christian Becker (“The Wave”, “Suck Me Shakespeer”) brings a myth back to life: The stories of Karl May’s Apache chief Winnetou and his companion Old Shatterhand. 50 years after the last Winnetou adventure kept a whole generation glued to the screen, director Phillip Stoelzl (“North Face”, “The Physician”) starts shooting the three-part high-budget drama for Germany’s RTL in Croatia and Cologne/ Germany.
The Toronto International Film Festival, running from September 10th to 20th, has announced 12 films selected to be screened in the Platform programme – a new juried competition which presents global film productions. Among the selected is the Dutch-Croatian coproduction Full Contact, as well as films by Pablo Trapero, Joaquim Lafosse, He Ping and Fabienne Berthaud.
The French film, The Lake, officially finished shooting on 25 July. The action-packed thriller is directed by Steven Quale and is produced by Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp. The movie was shot in Croatia thanks to Croatian Audiovisual Centre's production incentive. ‘We enjoyed filming there, the crew is professional, flexible and dedicated to the film. We can not ask for more’, said producer Raphaël Benoliel.
On July 20th, the Pula Film Festival’s Pula PROfessional Programme introduced the Istria Film Commission, founded as a unit within the Istrian Cultural Agency (Agenzia Culturale Istriana).
Millions of people watch Julkalendern (The Advent Calendar) in Sweden. Last year for the first time it was filmed outside Sweden, mostly on the island of Brač. Thanks to the scenes filmed on one of Croatia's most beautiful islands, raised an interest for the island. Journalist Av Ida Thunberg shared her extremely positive impressions of Brač for the Swedish newspaper Expressen.
The Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) presented its 2014 Activity Report on June 17. The publication provides detailed info on HAVC's numerous activities in the past year. Besides the last year results, the audience had a chance to see trailers of new feature fiction films by Antonio Nuić, Dalibor Matanić, Zrinko Ogresta and Ivan-Goran Vitez.
The Lake, an action thriller directed by Steven Quale (Into The Storm) and produced by Luc Besson, begins shooting in Croatia on June 17. The film is the most ambitious international production filming in Croatia this year. The shoot will last for 57 days, with two teams filming simultaneously, one in Zagreb and Gorski kotar, and one in Istria.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is set during the Napoleonic Wars in an England where magic once existed and is about to return. So begins a dangerous battle between two great men; the reclusive Mr Norrell and daring novice Jonathan Strange. The series was partially shot in Croatia in March 2014, in the coastal town of Trogir in Dalmatia.
The production of the award-winning animated documentary Chris the Swiss, by the Swiss director Anja Kofmel, began mid-June in Zagreb. The film is produced by the Swiss Dschoint Ventschr Filmproducktion and co-produced by Croatian Nukleus Film. In the following nine months tha animation will take place at Nukleus’ premises in Zagreb. The film is the first animated feature film benefitting from the Croatian film production incentive since its introduction in 2012.