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Director: Fatmir Koci

Genre: Comedy-Drama, War

Synopsis: Mickey Jones scrapes a living as a nightclub singer in the tacky Mediterranean resort of Zayana. He’s a great Elvis Presley impersonator but a meagre human being: selfish and careless. An argument with two drunken women turns into a fight, and before he knows it Mickey is on the run from the vicious thugs of this police state. Mickey is chased across the border into another country. He doesn’t know the language, the villages are deserted, artillery rumbles across the hills, and all Mickey possesses are his guitar and what he stands up in: his Elvis Presley jumpsuit. Mickey is found and held at gunpoint by a group of war orphans. For them, adults are dangerous. Petrified, Mickey tells them he is a UN doctor and will lead them to a UN camp if they spare his life. They believe him…

A UK-Albania co-production is underway in which an Elvis impersonator finds himself in the middle of a war zone.

The UK’s Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) has joined forces with Albania’s Kkoci Productions and Zagreb’s Propeler Films on Elvis Walks Home, based on an original screenplay by Welsh author Jonathan Preece and directed by Fatmir Koci.

The shoot begins on August 15 in Albania and Bosnia. UK actor Dritan Kastrati plays the lead role of Mickey, who gets a job entertaining British troops during the 1999 Balkans wars but finds himself in the middle of the battlefield – dressed as Elvis.

Other roles will be taken by Amos Zaharia, Erand Hoxha, Romir Zalla, Gezim Meta, Sara Kapo, Vivian Biagioni, Armin Vargu, Ekan Gjinaj, Afrim Myrtollari…

Elvis Walks Home marks the second collaboration of Preece, Koci and Mike Downey of F&ME following Amsterdam Express, which was the first ever UK-Albania co-production.F&ME has brought 12 active productions to Cannes this year and recently closed a sales deal with WIDE Management for DeDe, the debut feature of Mariam Khatchvani.

Koci’s latest film Pit Stop Mafia, has just opened in Tirana, and his previous films include Amsterdam Express, The Time of The Comet and Tirana Year Zero.  Downey and Koci have been working together for a number of years having met in the nineties when Koci attended the Imaginary Academy in Croatia, where Downey gave production masterclasses.Film and Music Entertainment have brought 12 active productions to Cannes this year and on the eve of the festival the company closed a sales deal with WIDE Management for DeDe, Mariam (Dinola) Khatchvani’s debut feature, which wrapped in late January 2016.

erand-hoxha-elvis-walks-homeAntonio Saura’s Latido have also just come on board to handle international sales for Rajko Grlic’s eagerly awaited  The Constitution, which is produced by Zagreb’s Inter Film and co-produced by Rudolph Biermann of Prague’s In-Film and Sever + Sever of Slovenia.

Erand Hoxha Elvis Walks Home (2)The key Cannes film[s] for which Downey and Taylor are currently looking to complete finance on are How To Sell a War by Rudolph Herzog.  Written by up and coming Welsh screenwriter/playwright, Tim Price, the film is a UK/Poland/Georgia co-production  with 20 Steps Productions (Georgia). Kinomedia (Poland).   Also in the latter stages of financing are  The Disciple directed by Koza helmer Ivan Ostrochovsky and written by Rebecca Lenckiewicz and Ostrochovsky, and Konstantin Bojanov’s  My Eyes Are Yours (working title) which is a partnership with Urban Distribution and India’s Overdose.
Currently shooting for the company are Volker Schloendorff’s Return to Montauk – Produced by Regina Ziegler (Ziegler Film) and Volker Schlöndorff in co-production with Francis Boesplug (Pyramid productions/France), Gaumont (France), Conor Barry (Savage Productions/Ireland), and in association with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor at F.& M.E. Film & Music Entertainment (GB).Elvis Walks Home , Erand Hoxha , Gezim Meta , Ekan Gjinaj, Romir ZallaAlso in the final days of shoot is Helsinki Film’s Tom of Finland by Dome Karukoski.  Protagonist Pictures has come on board to handle worldwide sales on Dome Karukoski’s biopic about the life of the iconic Finnish artist and human rights activist. Aleksi Bardy wrote the screenplay for the film which tells the life story of Touko Laaksonen, a Finnish man who would become known around the world by his nom de guerre “Tom Of Finland”.

Continuing their fruitful relationship with Poland, F&ME have come on board  Bodo Kox’s award winning screenplay The Man With The Magic Box produced by Iza Igel at Alter Ego productions.  The company is also in an advanced stage of negotiation with Polish partners to join Andrzej Jakimowski’s new production Once Upon a Time as well as an upcoming collaboration with producers Radoslaw Drabik and Michal Kachinski whose rom-com Planet Single has just been trailblazing the Polish box office since Valentine’s day.Vivian Biagioni Armin Vargu Erand Hoxha Elvis Walks HomeCurrently in post-production for the company in Berlin is Light Thereafter by AVE writer director Konstantin Bojanov.  The film, a road movie about a young artist’s journey to meet his hero, stars 71’s  Barry Keoghan, Kim (Pusher) Bodnia and Thure Lindhardt (Angels and Demons).  A co-production between UK (F&ME), Bulgaria (Multfilm), Belgium (Leftfield) the film is being sold internationally by Antonio Saura’s Latido Film Sales. The film will be completed in time for Toronto and Venice.

g8_1473533422-7688616Also just at the end of its  post-production phases and headed to delivery in the new year are Rade Serbedzija and Danilo Serbedzija’s co-directing effort, The Liberation of Skopje (Osloboduvanje na Skopje) made in partnership with Igor Nola in Zagreb, Robert Naskov, Medo Tozija and Vladimir Anastasov in Skopje, Arto Halonen in Finland and F&ME in the UK.

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