Magazine article Screen International

German Funds Back New Projects by Akin, Aladag and Verhoeven

Magazine article Screen International

German Funds Back New Projects by Akin, Aladag and Verhoeven

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Christmas has come early this year for Germany's producers as national and regional funds paid out a total of more than [euro]12m production support to such filmmakers as Fatih Akin, Feo Aladag, Rosa von Praunheim and Simon Verhoeven in their last funding sessions for 2012.

The third part of Fatih Akin's Love, Death and Devil trilogy, The Cut, received [euro]1m from FilmFörderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and [euro]250,000 from the State Minister for Culture (BKM), while Feo Aladag's second feature, Später im Sommer, was awarded [euro]200,0000 from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. The war drama set in Afghanistan's Hindu Kush region will be produced by Independent Artists with Geissendörfer Film- und Fernsehproduktion and handled internationally by Wild Bunch.

Meanwhile, actor-director Simon Verhoeven is joining forces with Philip Koch to write and direct the psychological horror film Unknown Error, to be produced by The Lives Of Others' Wiedemann & Berg Film, was allocated [euro]500,000 by Munich-based FFF Bayern, which also backed actor Josef Bierbichler's directorial debut Mittelreich and Marcus H. Rosenmüller's biopic Trautmann about the legendary German goalkeeper Bernhard "Bert" Trautmann, who played for Manchester City from 1949 to 1964.

The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW gave its highest sum - [euro]700,000 - to Arne Feldhusen's Stromberg - Der Film which will bring Germany's answer to The Office to the big screen with Christoph Maria Herbst reprising his role as the incompetent boss of a German insurance office. …

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