New love stories by Wim Wenders and Michael Haneke find funding
by Birgit Heidsiek
- More than €1 million in production support have been allocated to German-French co-productions
Wim Wenders and Michael Haneke are among the directors whose new German-French co-production projects have been greenlit by the FFA and the BKM in Germany, as well as the CNC in France. At their spring session, the German-French Funding Commission gave out over €1 million to foster co-productions between the two countries. The highest funding amount went to Wenders’ drama Submergence, which is based on the novel of the same name by JM Ledgard. A man and a woman are dealing with life-threatening situations in different parts of the world, but by thinking of their short, passionate love affair, they find the strength to survive. The love-struck couple will be played by Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl [+see also:
interview: Paco Delgado
film profile]) and James McAvoy (Wanted, X-Men). The German-French-Spanish co-production by Berlin-based Neue Road Movies Dritte Produktionen, Backup Films in Paris and Morena Films in Madrid will be supported to the tune of €300,000.
After his Oscar-winning drama Amour [+see also:
interview: Michael Haneke
film profile], Michael Haneke is making another movie with Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant as the lead actors. His new film Happy End will be a snapshot of a bourgeois European family. Principal photography for Happy End will start in Calais this spring. A co-production between Berlin-based X Filme Creative Pool, Les Films Du Losange in Paris and Wega Film in Vienna, the project is getting €250,000 in production support.
Furthermore, the German-French Funding Commission greenlit two animated films. In Die Odyssee by Florence Miailhe, an old woman looks back at her eventful life by flipping through a sketchbook. Produced by Dresden-based Balance Film, Les Films De L’Arlequin in Paris and Maur Film in Prague, the project is being backed with €210,000. An amount of €180,000 goes to the production of Manou by Andrea Block, Christian Haas and Nicolas Deveaux. The animated movie is about a small swift who grew up among seagulls and is looking for his true identity. The producers are Luxx Film in Stuttgart and Favola Films in Noisy-le-Sec.
The fifth project that received a production grant is the documentary Carré 35 by Éric Caravaca, who is conducting research into the death of his sister, which had never been an issue in his family. The producers of this German-French movie are Nicole Gerhards’ Berlin-based NiKo Film and Les Films Du Poisson.