New films by Leander Haussmann, Benedek Fliegauf and Isabelle Stever will receive $2m (Euro 1.5m) from incentive scheme German Federal Film Fund (DFFF).
Haussmann’s remake of Bernhard Sinkel’s 1975 comedy Lina Braake Oder Die Interessen Der Bank Können Nicht Die Interessen Sein, Die Lina Braake Hat, called Old Bones (Dinosaurier), was allocated $1.2m (Euros 880,000), the second largest amount so far this year after Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds ($9.1m/Euros 6.8m).
Scripted by Mark Kudlow and starring Ezard Haussmann, Eva Maria Hagen, Tom Gerhardt, and Steffi Kühnert, the Constantin Film production began shooting in Berlin in mid-March. The film centres on plans by a group of senior citizens to scotch a bank’s ambitions to build a new shopping centre on a block of flats.
Fliegauf’s English-language drama Womb, produced by Berlin-based Razor Film Produktion with Hungary’s Inforg Studio and France’s A.S.A.P, received $737,000 (Euros 550,000). It was shooting this week on location at St. Peter Ording on Germany’s North Sea coast.
Meanwhile, moneypenny filmproduktion received $276,000 (Euros 206,000) for Stever’s romantic drama Glückliche Fügung, starring Annika Kuhl, Stefan Rudolf, Arno Frisch and Maria Simon, which began shooting in the Berlin-Brandenburg region on March 31. The co-production with ARTE and ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel will be distributed theatrically in Germany by Movienet.
The DFFF has paid out over $14.2m (Euros 10.6m) in the first three months of 2009 to a total of 11 projects, including Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Detlev Buck’s Same Same But Different, Michael Glawogger’s Whore’s Glory and Tomasz Thomson’s Freed Pigs.