Shooting begins today on the lot of the Babelsberg Studios for Ole Christian Madsen's thriller Flame & Citron (Flammen und Citronen), which has become the first international co-production to receive support from the newly established German Federal Film Fund (DFFF).

The story about two gangsters who became the most wanted men in Denmark under Nazi occupation in 1944 stars Mads Mikkelsen, Thure Lindhardt, Stine Stengade, Christian Berkel and Hanns Zischler. The $8.6m (Euros 6.3m) project is being produced by Nimbus Film with Wuste Film Ost and Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures.

After beginning on location in Prague, the production will now be based in Babelsberg for 15 shooting days until May 18 with interiors in the fx-Center and outside scenes at the studio's Berliner Strasse set which was used in the past by Margarethe von Trotta for Rosenstrasse and Roman Polanski for The Pianist.

The last part of the shoot will follow in Denmark.

Since the DFFF's launch at the beginning of January, around $9m (Euros 6.6m) funding has been paid out to 16 film projects, including Alan Simpson's animation feature film Prinzessin Lillifee, Oliver Mielke's comedy Ossi's Eleven, Othmar Schmiderer's documentary Back To Africa as well as to two projects which were partly or largely shot outside of Germany: Doris Dorrie's Hanami and Jan Henrik Stahlberg and Marcus Mittermeier's Shortcut To Hollywood.