This month will see Sebastian Grobler’s Der Ganz Grosse Traum Des Konrad Koch begin shooting in Hamburg. The drama tells the story of a young English teacher who introduces the game of football to Germany in 1874. It is a co-production between Deutschfilm, Senator Film Produktion and Cuckoo Clock Entertainment, with Christoph Müller, Anatol Nitschke and Raoul Reinert producing. The film’s screenplay was written by Johanna Stuttman and the cast is headed by Daniel Brühl, Burghart Klaußner, Justus von Dohnanyi and Axel Prahl. Senatorfilm will distribute in Germany.
Arena Productions is currently shooting Everywhere and Nowhere at London’s Pinewood Studios. The drama, by Kidulthood director Menhaj Huda, tells the story of a young Asian man who, feeling trapped between his traditional Asian family and the hedonistic world of London, starts mixing Bollywood soundtracks with hip-hop. Huda also wrote the screenplay and will co-produce with Sam Troman. Adam Deacon, James Floyd, Simon Webbe, Katia Winter and Alyy Khan have been confirmed to star in the lead roles.
Jean-Paul Rappeneau will direct Gerard Depardieu and Louise Bourgoin in Affaires Etrangères about a woman who, after becoming involved in an espionage conspiracy in central Asia, falls in love with the man who tricked her into leaking information. Rappeneau wrote the screenplay with his son Julien for the $26.9m (€22m) drama, which is produced by Bruno Pesery for MMC Independent and Soudaine Compagnie. Shooting is scheduled for September and will take place in Cologne, Paris and Belgium. Negotiations for an international sales agent and distributors are ongoing.