Stories about families and friendship supported by the FFA
by Birgit Heidsiek
- Half of the new batch of films that are receiving production support from the FFA in Germany will be directed by female filmmakers
Popular novels, international arthouse cinema, new adventures involving famous children’s heroes and promising debut features are among a dozen projects that have been greenlit by the German Federal Film Board (FFA), which is giving out €4.2 million in production support. Half of the movies will be directed by female filmmakers, such as the comedy High Society by writer-director Anika Decker (Dreamgirls [+see also:
film profile]) and Emily Atef’s new film 3 Tage in Quiberon, about Romy Schneider’s attempt to rid herself of her empress image from the Sissi – Forever My Love trilogy.
Renowned German actor Josef Bierbichler (The White Ribbon [+see also:
interview: Michael Haneke
film profile]) is going to direct his first feature, Mittelreich, which is based on his novel of the same name and is inspired by his own family history in Bavaria. Produced by X Filme Creative Pool, the film will portray three different generations. With Neue Road Movies Dritte Produktionen, Wim Wenders will bring Jonathan M Ledgard’s novel Submergence to the big screen; it is about a young couple separated by their work as they head off on different missions in Somalia and the Arctic Ocean (read the news). The drama will star Academy Award-winning actress Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl [+see also:
interview: Paco Delgado
film profile]) and James McAvoy (X-Men).
After his successful trip to Hollywood with films such as Flightplan and R.E.D., German writer-director Robert Schwentke returns home, where he is due to shoot the historical drama Der Hauptmann, about a group of soldiers in crumbling Nazi Germany. Meanwhile, Mongolian filmmaker Byambasuren Davaa (The Story of the Weeping Camel) will return to the Gobi Desert, where a 13-year-old who is going blind is fighting to keep his father’s car-repair shop.
Thanks to FFA support, there are also several new children’s movies coming up. Tradewind Pictures has got the green light for the live-action film Pettersson und Findus – Findus ziehtum, which will be directed by Ali Samadi Ahadi, while Detlev Buck will continue the successful Bibi & Tina [+see also:
film profile] series. Produced by DCM Pictures, the new adventure, Bibi & Tina: Tohuwabohu Total, tells a story about finding asylum for three young Syrian refugees in a castle. Another film for horse lovers will be produced by Bantry Bay Productions: in Dagmar Seume’s Wendy, a teenage girl is not amused when she has to spend her holidays at a rundown horse farm, but her encounter with a wounded pony starts to change her mind.