New films by Margarethe von Trotta and Marc Rothemund are among the projects awarded a total of Euros 3m by the Bavarian regional film fund FFF Bayern.
Von Trotta received the highest sum of Euros 700,000 for her new project Ich Bin Die Andere (I Am The Other Woman) about the tragic consequences triggered by a young woman's schizophrenia. The melodrama will be produced by Herbert Kloiber's Clasart Film from a screenplay by Peter Maerthesheimer and Pea Froehlich who were behind such classic Fassbinder films as Lola, The Marriage Of Maria Braun and Veronika Voss. (Kloiber was also a co-producer and distributor of von Trotta's Venice prize-winner Rosenstrasse).
In addition, Euros 636,000 was awarded to Neue Goldkind Film's production of Marc Rothemund's World War II drama Sophie Scholl, Die Letzten Tage (Sophie Scholl, The Last Days) about the "White Rose" resistance group. The screenplay by Fred Breinersdoerfer will recall the events in 1943 from Sophie's perspective - from the arrest of Sophie and her brother Hans through their interrogation by the Gestapo and the show trial in Munich to their execution.
Other projects supported in this round of funding included Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's feature debut Das Leben Des Anderen, a drama set in the East Germany of 1985 and exposing the machinations of the Stasi state secret service, and German-Israeli Tom Tamar Pauer's documentary about home and identity, Ein Koffer Ist Kein Kinderzimmer, which will be her graduation film from Munich's Academy for Television & Film (HFF).