Magazine article Screen International

Race Producers Plan to Re-Team

Magazine article Screen International

Race Producers Plan to Re-Team

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Four producers on Stephen Hopkins' Jesse Owens biopic Race have joined forces to produce English-language features in the future for the international market.

Jean-Charles Lévy, sports entrepreneur Luc Dayan, Karsten Brünig and Thierry Potok are partners in the Berlin-based production house Trinity Race GmbH, which has served as the German producer on Race.

The film wraps principal photography in the German capital's historic Olympic Stadium on Sunday. Stephan James plays Owens.

Trinity's partners on the $31.6m German-Canadian co-production are Lévy's Forecast Pictures, Dayan's ID+, Kate Garwood and Hopkins' Totally Commercial Films, and Canadian producers Louis-Philippe Rochon and Dominique Séguin of Solofilms.

David Garrett's Mister Smith Entertainment is handling international distribution and now only has sales deal pending for Japan, France and the UK. Square One Entertainment will distribute theatrically in Germany and eOne in Canada. Focus Features will release the film in the US.

"Originally, it had been thought that Trinity Race would be a single purpose company for Race," Karsten Brünig recalled in an exclusive interview with ScreenDaily. "Jean-Charles and Luc had come to us and said that they wanted make this film as a German film with a German company. Meanwhile, we are all at the stage where we definitely want to continue producing together, although it is too early to speak about concrete projects."

Local funding

On Monday, the production learnt that it had received [euro] 200,000 production support from the local regional film fund, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, which was less than the producers had applied for.

Lévy said that he was disappointed at the amount awarded "especially when you have a film that takes place in Berlin and given what we are doing in the [Olympic] Stadium."

At the same time, the film will qualify for the automatic support provided by the DFFF German "spend" instrument. The production will have spent some four weeks shooting at locations throughout Berlin as well as at the Olympic Stadium and had several German-speaking actors in supporting roles such as The Reader's David Kross as the German athlete Luz Long who befriended Owens, L'auberge Espanole's Barnaby Metschurat as Joseph Goebbels, and Austrian actor Adrian Zwicker as Adolf Hitler. …

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