23 projects supported by the FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
by Birgit Heidsiek
- Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and Stefan Ruzowitzky are preparing new films in Bavaria
In its latest session, the FilmFernsehFonds Bayern has greenlit almost €2 million for some 23 projects. Among the feature films that obtained German production support is Werk ohne Autor by Academy Award-winning writer-director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others). His new drama is about a young artist whose work has been used for political propaganda by the Nazis as well as by the Socialist Party in the former East Germany. Decades later, this experience inspires him to create some extreme personal artwork. The project is receiving €750,000 in production support and will be produced by Wiedemann & Berg as well as by von Donnersmarck’s own production outfit, Pergamon Film.
Another Academy Award winner is Stefan Ruzowitzky, who is set to bring the thriller Die Hölle to the big screen. Based on a script by renowned author Martin Ambrosch, the story is about a Turkish cab driver in Vienna who witnesses a religiously motivated murder, which then puts her in great danger. The Bavarian-Austrian co-production will be produced by The Amazing Film Company and Allegro Film.
Another recent hot topic is also covered in the documentary The Conference by Filip Antoni Malinowski. Here, the director accompanies three delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris and tries to figure out why people are unable to cooperate, even if their survival is at stake. The documentary will be a co-production between Perfect Shot Films and Soleil Film in Austria.
Furthermore, the Bavarian film fund is fostering six projects by newcomers, such as the comedy Familie – Die Quittung kommt zum Schluss by HFF film student Anna-Katharina Maier, which is about a family divided by their fight for an inheritance. And lastly, the question of whether he or others should come first is an issue for a shaman to consider in the animated stop-motion movie Carved by Sathya Schlösser and Tatjana Thüring; the film will be produced by Lucia Scharbatke’s Kaamos Film at the Georg-Simon-Ohm College of Technology in Nuremberg.