Three young Russian friends move from Moscow to Berlin as part of a wave of emigration after the fall of the Berlin wall, in Oliver Schmitz’s Russendisko, which will start shooting on March 14 for two months in and around Berlin. Matthias Schweighöfer, Friedrich Mücke, Peri Baumeister and Christian Friedel will star, with Christoph Hahnheiser, Arthur Cohn and Stefan Gärtner producing for Black Forest Films and SevenPictures Film. Oliver Ziegenbalg wrote the screenplay, which is based on the novel by Wladimir Kaminer. Paramount Pictures International will distribute the $8.5M comedy in Germany.
Also starting its shoot in March is Fernando Meirelles’ 360, which Wild Bunch is selling at EFM. The romantic drama takes a look at what happens when partners from different social backgrounds engage in physical relationships. Produced by Andrew Eaton and David Linde with support from BBC Films and Austrian Dor Film, with a screenplay by Peter Morgan, the film will star Anthony Hopkins [pictured], Jamel Debbouze, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Ben Foster. 2012 is the proposed release date.
Currently shooting in Portugal and Mozambique is Miguel Gomes’ Tabu, with Teresa Madruga, Laura Soveral and Isabel Cardoso in the lead roles among others. This Brazilian-French-German-Portuguese co-production received funding from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, CNC, MEDIA Programme, Ibermedia and ICA. Luís Urbano and Sandro Aguilar are acting as producers and The Match Factory has obtained worldwide rights.