Private media fund CP Medien has boarded Oscar-winning German director Florian Gallenberger's feature debut Schatten Der Zeit which begins shooting in India on February 4.

The tragic love story between two childhood sweethearts who first meet working in a carpet factory and then cross paths again many years later in Calcutta is being co-produced by director-producer Helmut Dietl's Diana Film with Norbert Preuss' Fanes Film, Gallenberger's own company Mondragon Film and CP Medien.

Gallenberger, who received the Student Oscar in 2000 and the Best Live Action Short Film Oscar in 2001 for Quiero Ser about street children in Mexico, is being reunited with veteran cinematographer Juergen Juerges who had lensed the 35-minute short.