Simpel: Two runaways in search of their father
by Birgit Heidsiek
- In this film directed by Markus Goller, and based on a French bestseller, the eponymous hero embarks on an epic adventure with his older brother
In Northern Germany, principal photography has begun for the road movie Simpel. Directed by Markus Goller (Friendship! [+see also:
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The story of Simpel is based on Marie-Aude Murail’s bestselling novel of the same name. Munich-based writer Dirk Ahner penned the script for the movie, which aims to blend emotion with hilarity. David Kross (The Reader [+see also:
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For this film being staged by Letterbox Filmproduktion, Studio Hamburg’s head of production, Michael Lehmann, got C-Films Deutschland, Munich-based Amalia Film and ZDF on board as co-producers. The feature is receiving financial backing from the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, nordmedia, FFF Bayern, the FFA and the DFFF. The shoot for Simpel will take place in Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony until mid-April, and it will be distributed by Universum Film in Germany.