Producers Eberhard Junkersdorf (pictured) and Dietmar Guentsche have relaunched their media fund Neue Bioskop Germany (NBG) with the support of the Hamburg-based private bank Bankhaus Woelbern to raise private equity for the financing of a raft of German and English language features to be shot in Europe.
The original fund, which was unveiled last autumn (Screen Daily, Nov 18), failed to raise enough funding and was subsequently wound up. Junkersdorf and Guentsche have now brought the bank onboard to handle the marketing of the fund. Bankhaus Woelbern has extensive experience in handling property funds, but this is its first foray into the world of media funds
The fund's overall volume of Euros 21.244m will come together from investors (Euros 11m), German and European public film funds (Euros 7.98m) and bank loans or co-producers (Euro 2.264m). Munich-based licence trader/sales agent Telepool/Cinepool will serve as NBG's international distribution partner.
Over the next two years, four feature films will be produced by NBG with an average budget of Euros 5m each and be drawn from a pool of six shortlisted projects including Burkhard Driest and Michael Pohl's adventure fantasy film Goldrausch.
NBG's co-managing director Dietmar Guentsche told Screen Daily that Austria's Stefan Ruzowitzky, whose credits include the two Anatomie horror films and All The Queen's Men, will direct Goldrausch which has Marie Baeumer (Der Alte Affe Angst) and Heike Makatsch (Resident Evil) attached. Public funding for the project has already come from the German Federal Film Board (FFA) and Mitteldeutsche Medienfoerderung (MDM).
Other projects shortlisted include: an adaptation of Ray O. Nolan's thriller The Prophet; Ibiza-set "turbulent teenager comedy" Shooting Carlo; survival action film Auferstanden; the German-French co-production with Lumiere of the prison film-love story Julia, set to star Charles Aznavour and Jacques Gamblin; and a biopic/women's film of the first German "supermodel" Uschi Obermaier.
NBG is "in negotiations" with Marc Rothemund (Love Scenes On Planet Earth), who received the TV Movie Award at this year's Munich Filmfest for Das Duo - Der Liebhaber, for him to direct Eight Miles High.