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BLS supports 10 new projects


- Of the films being funded in the context of BLS’ second call of 2015, for a total of €1.4 million, four are from Italy, five are from Germany and one is from Austria

BLS supports 10 new projects
Director Ulrich Köhler

As part of the second call of 2015, the BLS - Film Fund & Commission of the Alto Adige has selected ten new projects to fund during their production and pre-production stages, for a total of €1,431,000. Of these, four are from Italy – two of which are from the Alto Adige – five are from Germany and one is from Austria.

The first of the four Italian projects is Elvezia [+see also:
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by Klaudia Reynicke, which is being produced by Bologna-based company Tempesta and co-produced by Swiss production company Amka Films Productions. The film, which is set to star Ondina Quadri and Fabrizio Rongione, tells the story of a fifteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small village in the Canton of Ticino where life is perfect, until the unexpected arrival of a man and his dog (BLS is supporting the film with €150 thousand). Next up is In my Room by Ulrich Köhler, which is being produced by Bolzano-based production company Echo Filmand co-produced by German production company Pandora Film. The film will receive €300 thousand in funding and is set to star Alba Rohrwacher. Then there’s documentary Die fünfte Himmelsrichtung by Martin Prinoth, which is being produced by Alto Adige-based company Miramonte Film and co-produced by German company Körner Prinoth, which will receive €40 thousand, and finally, there’s Tensione superficiale, written and directed by Giovanni Aloi, which is being produced by the Cagliari-based Ombre Rosse Film Production company with French company Chic Films, and will receive €25 thousand from BLS for pre-production: the film tells the story of a young mother who, unhappy with her job, decides to turn her life around and heads to Austria to work as a prostitute (the director of cinematography will be Daniele Ciprì).

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Alto-Adige-based production company Echo Film will also co-produce Showtime, written by Milica Živanović and Matthias Nerlich, with Munich-based Südhang Films (the film will receive €30 thousand for pre-production). The other projects BLS is funding include two adaptations of famous novels: Burg Schreckenstein by Ralf Huettner, a German production by Roxy Film which is being co-produced by Munich-based production company Violet Pictures (with €500 thousand in funding), and Bruno, Chef de Police, a TV adaptation of two books from the successful series of detective novels of the same name by Martin Walker, which will be directed by Züli Aladag, produced by Berlin-based production company MementoFilm and supported with €300 thousand from BLS. Another TV production being funded by BLS is docu-film, Sui binari dell‘aquila bicipite III (Auf den Schienen des Doppeladlers 3), by Björn Kölz and Gernot Stadler, which is being produced by Austrian production company Gernot Stadler Filmproduktion and will receive €12 thousand in funding.

Two directors from the Alto Adige who have already benefited from funding from the Film Commission Alto Adige are Hannes Lang (who made I Want to See the Manager [+see also:
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last year) and Andreas Pichler (Teorema Venezia). The former is returning to his roots with German production company Petrolio Film to make the musical documentary RIAFN! (with €14 thousand in pre-production funding). Pichler, on the other hand, is currently working on the docu-film Portus Mundi, which is being produced by German production company Elemag Pictures (with funding of €60 thousand).

The next deadline for submitting applications for funding to BLS is 23 September for the third and final call.

(Translated from Italian)

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