International co-productionslead the line-up of new feature film projects backed in the latest $3.8m (Euros3m) funding round from Duesseldorf-based Filmstiftung
The regional public fund hasawarded backing to Ken Loach's next project TheseTimes, which is being written by his regular collaborator Paul Laverty andwill be co-produced by The Wind ThatShakes The Barley's German partner
Support was also given to The Syrian Bride director Eran Riklis'new project Lemon Tree as aGerman-Israeli-Swiss-French coproduction; 33Szenen Aus Dem Leben, Polish filmmaker Malgosia Szumowska's secondcollaboration with Cologne-based Pandora Film after Stranger (Ono); and Serbian film-maker Stefan Arsenijevic's featuredebut Love and Other Crimes, whichwill be produced by Icon Film as a German-Serbian-Slovenian co-production starringAnica Dobra.
The largest sum at thissession - $826,800 (Euros 650,000) - went to Adnan G. Koese's Ironman, about the story of the Germany'sStefan Niedrig going from junkie to world class athlete, starring Max Riemelt,Jasmin Schwiers, Axel Stein and Robert Gwisdek; followed by $674,212 (Euros530,000) for Mediopolis' German-Austrian-Swiss co-production of Hanna's Words by Sabine Derflinger aboutthe encounter between a trumpeter and a terminally ill woman.
In addition, $636,074 (Euros500,000) was awarded to the animation feature film Prinzessin Lillifee, which is being produced by neue deutscheFilmgesellschaft and Caligari Film with broadcaster