Bavaria’s FilmFernsehFonds greenlights promising projects
by Birgit Heidsiek
- For the 100th time, the fund has given cash injections to a number of productions, involving a tough teacher, a time traveller and the turbulent life of Marie Curie
At its 100th session, the FFF Bayern has given cash injections to the tune of €3.8 million to 26 projects, among them seven scripts. The largest support sum of €800,000, as well as an additional loan of €500,000, goes to the German comedy Suck Me Shakespeer 2 [+see also:
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film profile]. Produced by Constantin Film Produktion, the teenage flick is about a tough teacher who has to deal with particularly difficult students. This time, he takes them on a trip in order to get them back on track.
Teenagers are also the target audience for the romantic fantasy-comedy Smaragdgrün by Felix Fuchssteiner, which is based on the bestselling series of books by Kerstin Gier, as were Ruby Red [+see also:
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film profile]. The third part of the trilogy continues with another time-travel adventure and stars German actor Jannis Niewöhner, who will be presented as a European Shooting Star at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival (see the news). Munich-based production outfit Lieblingsfilm is getting €400,000 in support to bring this project to the big screen.
The German comedy director Sven Unterwaldt (7 Dwarves – The Wood Is Not Enough, U-900) also believes in the success of sequels. This time, he is going to make an adaptation of the honeymoon comedy Antonio im Wunderland, based on the book by German author and scriptwriter Jan Weiler (Wedding Fever in Campobello [+see also:
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One of the most compelling projects is the biopic Die Leidenschaft der Marie Curie, which is written, directed and produced by Marie-Noëlle Sehr. “Marie Curie is the only woman who was awarded two Nobel Prizes,” underlines Sehr. “She was also the first woman who taught at the Sorbonne.” In her drama, she will focus on the love affair between the ambitious scientist and the French physicist Paul Langevin, which caused her problems for the rest of her life. Together with her Munich-based P’Artisan Filmproduktion, Sehr received €250,000 in support for this German-French co-production, which she plans to shoot in 2015.