Germany's 3L Filmproduktion, co-producer of Paul Schrader's Adam Resurrected which screens in Toronto's Masters section this week after its world premiere in Telluride, has returned to Germany's recent dark past to back Dutch-born filmmaker Ludi Boeken's latest feature Among Farmers (Unter Bauern).

The German-French co-production with Joachim von Mengershausen's FilmForm, Cologne-based Pandora Filmproduktion, France's Acajou Films and broadcaster WDR/ARTE is based on Marga Spiegel's memoirs of how some courageous farmers in North Rhine-Westphalia gave refuge to Spiegel's husband Menne, herself and her daughter under false names in their farmhouse between 1943 and 1945, so saving them from deportation to the death camps.

The leads are taken by Veronica Ferres (who also appeared in Adam Resurrected) and Armin Rohde (Herr Bello) as Marga and Menne Spiegel and Louisa Mix as daughter Karin, with Margarita Broich and Martin Horn and child actor Lisa Hoensbroech playing their saviours.

Beta Cinema will handle international sales for the drama which is shooting at original locations in the Muensterland region until October 8. 3L Licensing will release the film theatrically in Germany.

Meanwhile, 3L, Pandora and WDR/ARTE will also be co-producers on Little Shark Entertainment's production of Wolfgang Groos's feature debut Hangtime (working title) which begins shooting in North Rhine-Westphalia on September 25.

The coming-of-age tale of two brothers - the younger one is faced with the decision of whether to follow the professional basketball career his elder brother missed out on ten years previously - will star newcomers Max Kidd, Ralph Kretschmar and Max Froehlich with Misel Maticevic and Veit Stuebner as well as members of the real-life Phoenix Hagen team from the German Basketball Federal League.

Earlier this year, Werner Wirsing's 3L Filmproduktion was also a production partner on Ben Verbong's tragicomedy Laura, starring Senta Berger, Katharina Schubert, Christiane Paul, and Jan Decleir, which was produced by Elsani Film with CTM Films, Borderline Pictures and MMC Independent.