Magazine article Screen International

German Co-Financier of Traffic and Gangs of New York Making First Foray into Local Production

Magazine article Screen International

German Co-Financier of Traffic and Gangs of New York Making First Foray into Local Production

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EXCLUSIVE: Splendid Medien, the Cologne-based co-financier of such US mainstream films as Traffic and Gangs Of New York, is set to make its first foray into local German production this autumn.

Andreas Klein and Sandoro Lorino of the production subsidiary Splendid Produktion will produce Wolfgang Groos' Wenn Inge tanzt with Ingo Schuenemann of Berlin-based Polarlicht Filmproduktion.

Described as "a young, fresh music comedy with many surprises," Wenn Inge tanzt was written by Thomas Winkler, David Ungureit and Rainer Ewerrien, and will be shot entirely in North Rhine-Westphalia with a cast to include Paula Kadenberg, Tim Oliver Schultz and Jürgen Tarrach.

The project received production support of [euro]500,000 from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and will be released by Splendid Film's theatrical distribution arm, most probably during 2013.

Groos' [pictured] previous feature films include his debut Hangtime (2008/9), The Crocodiles 3 (2010) and The Vampire Sisters (2011/2).

The move into local production comes as the Splendid Group is undertaking a programme of expansion which will also see the number of theatrical releases continuously increasing. …

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