A film about aclassical music love triangle and a feature about World War 1 nurses are among13 international co-productions awarded over Euros 4.2m in support byDuesseldorf-based Filmstiftung NRW in its latest round of funding.
The largest amount - Euros 1m - went to HelmaSanders-Brahms' costume drama Clara about the love triangle betweenClara and Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, which will be produced by thedirector's own company as a German-French co-production with MACT Production.Isabelle Huppert, Ulrich Tukur and August Diehl are set to be the leads for thefilm which will be made completely in North Rhine-Westphalia from the beginningof next year.
Meanwhile, Euros 900,000 has been granted forJean-Pierre Isbouts World War I drama Four Saints which will beco-produced by Germany's Gemini Film with the UK's Pantheon Films and Belgium'sSkyline Film. The film is based on a true story of four women who set up afield hospital in Belgium - against the wishes of the generals - to treat thewounded from both sides of the conflict.
In addition, Pandora Film Produktion has pickedup Euros 400,000 for documentary filmmaker Stansilaw Mucha's fiction project Hope,to be co-produced with Poland's Studio Filmowe Kalejdoskop and starringZbigniew Zapasiewicz and Zbigniew Zamachowski.
The Syrian Brideproducer Bettina Brokemper's outfit Heimatfilm was awarded Euros 220,000 forKutlug Ataman's The Coat, starring Carmen Maura and Zuhal Olcay. Thestory of two girls against the background of the divided Cyprus will beproduced with the UK's Scala Productions and Turkey's Yalan Dunya Productions.
Other projects supported in this funding sessioninclude Golden Leopard winner Ian Dilthey's latest feature Gefangene, tobe produced by Tag/Traum Filmproduktion with ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel, andthe romantic comedy Harmony to be produced by the Cologne branch ofX-Filme creative pool.