Germany’s Zum Goldenen Lamm Filmproduktion, the producer of Marc Rensing’s The Woman Who Dares which has its world premiere at Zurich, is currently shooting the feature debuts from Marc Brumund and Christina Schiewe.
Brummund is tackling the subject of abuse at Church-run institutions in Freistatt, shooting at the real-life reformatory of the same name in Lower Saxony, which was the scene of such abuse in the past.
The screenplay, co-written with Nicole Armbruster, was awarded the Emden Screenplay Prize last year and the Golden Lola for Best German Screenplay during February’s Berlinale.
The cast is headed by Louis Hofmann, who played Tom Sawyer in Hermine Huntgeburth’s Twain adaptation last year, playing a 14-year-old rebelling against the home’s brutal working conditions, with other parts taken by Max Riemelt, Alexander Held and Uwe Bohm.
Edition Salzgeber will be releasing the film theatrically in Germany in 2014.
At the same time, principal photography is underway in Stuttgart on Christina Schiewe’s Mongobabe which is being produced in collaboration with public broadcaster ZDF’s Das kleine Fernsehspiel unit.
The screenplay by Schiewe and Petra Brix centres on a 17-year-old girl with Down syndrome, whose unerring quest for love often puts those around into difficult situations.
The Woman Who Dares is producers Stefan Sporbert and Rüdiger Heinze’s second collaboration with director Rensing after his award-winning debut Parkour.
As was the case with Parkour, The Woman Who Dares will be the opening film of this year’s Hof Film Days on Oct 22 and will be released in German cinemas on Dec 12 by X Verleih.