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Christian Petzold's Transit funded at the German-French Film Meeting

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- The German-French funding committee has greenlit financing for five feature films and three projects in development

Christian Petzold's Transit funded at the German-French Film Meeting
German director Christian Petzold

At the recent German-French Film Meeting in Saarbrücken (read the news), the funding committee gave out €1.7 million in production and development support. Many of the feature-film projects supported are about love and life-changing experiences, and often, the characters have to leave their home country because of war or political reasons. One of the five features receiving production support is Transit [+see also:
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interview: Christian Petzold
interview: Franz Rogowski
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by German writer-director Christian Petzold (Barbara [+see also:
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interview: Christian Petzold
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, Phoenix [+see also:
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interview: Christian Petzold
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). Based on a novel by Anna Seghers, the story is about refugees in Germany, comparing the political situation today with that in 1940. The film will be produced by Berlin-based Schramm Film Koerner & Weber, in co-production with Neon Productions in Marseille.

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After his drama Original Bliss [+see also:
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interview: Sven Taddicken
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]
, about escaping from an abusive husband, German filmmaker Sven Taddicken will tell the story of another couple. In Das schönste Paar, a man has a chance meeting with the person who raped his girlfriend, and is ready for revenge. For this production, Germany’s One Two Films is hooking up with Paris-based Arsam International. Meanwhile, award-winning French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve (Things to Come [+see also:
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Q&A: Mia Hansen-Løve
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) is also focusing on a relationship: in Maya, a war reporter in India falls in love with a 15-year-old. The partners in this French-German co-production are Les Films Pelléas in Paris and Razor Film Produktion in Berlin. In Mein liebster Stoff by Gaya Jiji, a young Syrian woman hopes for a better life by getting married in America. The drama, produced by Paris-based Gloria Films Production and Katuh Studio, will be shot in Turkey. Life also changes dramatically for the characters in Lionel by Noël Alpi, a coming-of-age drama set on a French farm. The producers are La Gaillarde Productions in Paris and Zeitfilm Media in Hamburg.

Furthermore, three German-French co-productions have received development support. In Licht by Jakob Zapf, an old man and a young boy help each other to overcome their trauma, while Moon by Karim Aïnouz is about two men, an abandoned town and hidden memories. Finally, in Sibel by Cagla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti, a young woman who has been living a lonely existence with her father in a village sees her life turned upside down when she runs into a renegade soldier.

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