Young Berlin-based production outfit Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion, which has its debut feature Filippos Tsitos' My Sweet Home in competition at Berlin next week, has lined up three further productions including a biopic of composer Johann Sebastian Bach set to star Vadim Glowna (No Place To Go).
Dominique Rivaz will direct the project, Bach In Potsdam, which is partly based on a true story about an encounter between the composer and Frederick the Great in Potsdam shortly before Bach's death. Switzerland's CAB Productions and Pandora Filmproduktion will co-produce.
About 60% of Bach In Potsdam's $1.65m (DM 3.5m) budget is already in place with backers including Swiss national film subsidy and public broadcaster DRS/SSR. Shooting is scheduled to start this summer on HD video - possibly with the Sony 24p camera.
Meanwhile, an April start is scheduled for Twenty Twenty's feature documentary Dark Worlds (Dunkle Welten) about the World War II bunkers in Berlin, to be co-directed by Martina Reuter and UK film-maker Gavin Hodge. The co-production with Switzerland's Fama Film has received backing from Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the Federal German Film Board (FFA), Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film and public broadcaster SFB.
Twenty Twenty's third project, also set to shoot this year, is Life After Death My Father, to be directed by Greece's Penny Panagiotopoulou.