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The Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein grants €3.5 million in support

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- The Hamburg-based film fund is throwing its weight behind 23 projects that tackle a range of topics

The Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein grants €3.5 million in support
Director Christian Schwochow

Major bestsellers, classic novels and a fantasy tale will be adapted for the big screen in projects that have received production support from the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (FFHSH). The Hamburg-based film fund is fostering 23 projects, among them nine feature films, with production grants. Four of the movies are to be directed by women, and five scripts have been penned by female writers.

German writer-director Ziska Riemann (Lollipop Monster [+see also:
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) hired sex therapist and best-selling author Ann-Marlene Henning as a script consultant for her new comedy Get Lucky, about six teenagers spending their holidays in the cottage of a sex therapist on the coast of the North Sea. Produced by Berlin-based deutschfilm and Rommel Film, the project is receiving €375,000.

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On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the German literary classic The German Lesson by Siegfried Lenz, German writer-director Christian Schwochow (November Child [+see also:
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, The Tower) has adapted the story, which deals with resistance and repression in Nazi Germany. The film will be shot on the northern German island of Sylt, with Tobias Moretti and Ulrich Noethen as the leading actors. The FFHSH is granting this Network Movie production €500,000. 

Tehran Taboo [+see also:
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]
 producer Ali Samadi Ahadi is set to direct an animated children’s movie. Based on the famous German children’s book Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon by Gerdt von Bassewitz, the inventive tale is about an adventurous trip undertaken by a young boy, his sister and a talking May bug to the moon, where they meet a quirky sandman. The film fund greenlit Brave New Work’s animated movie project to receive €700,000.

Award-winning German actress Sandra Hüller (Toni Erdmann [+see also:
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) will star in the mystery-thriller Schlaf by Michael Venus, in which a 19-year-old wonders about the strange state of her mother. Hamburg-based production company Junafilm is getting €350,000 in production support. The same amount is being given to Bon Voyage Films for Curveball by Johannes Naber (Age of Cannibals [+see also:
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). Based on a true story, his new film is about a secret-service expert in biological weapons, whose internal mistakes were used as excuses to start the Iraq War in 2003.

An amount of €200,000 goes to Hamburg-based C-Films for the drama Nahschuss by first-time director Franziska Stünkel, who has got Lars Eidinger and Rosalie Thomass on board to topline the movie. Another €200,000 are being given to Tamtam Film for the love story Tagundnachtgleiche by Lena Knauss. When his true love dies, a young man approaches her sister – but reality and wishful thinking start to become blurred.

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