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The latest recipients of FFA and German-French Commission funding have been announced


- FFA-supported projects include the upcoming features of Oscar-winner Caroline Link and German box office darling Til Schweiger; German-French Commission projects include Elia Suleiman's new project

The latest recipients of FFA and German-French Commission funding have been announced
Director Caroline Link

In this, the second of seven rounds of funding planned for 2018, the FFA (which now reports the number of women involved in the projects that it funds) has handed out €3.4m to thirteen German projects that are in the production or development stages. Among the former group is Til Schweiger's Honey in the Head, an international adaptation of his 2014 film Head Full of Honey [+see also:
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, which topped the annual film chart in Germany – international films included - with over 7,246,000 viewers. Scripted by British best-selling author Jojo Moyes and produced by the actor/director's company Barefoot Films, this film received €600,000.

A similar sum was received for Martin Schreier's Traumfabrik (lit. 'Dream Factory', produced by Traumfabrik Babelsberg), a love story set in the famous Babelsberg Studios in 1961, as the building of the Berlin Wall cements divisions in the country. Sommerhaus Filmproduktion, meanwhile, received €500,000 for Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahl by Oscar-winner Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa [+see also:
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), an adaptation of Judith Kerr's When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, the autobiographical account of her Jewish family’s exile, published in 1971. 

Family entertainment specialist Sven Unterwaldt and his film Sprite Sisters, adapted from the best-selling children's book seriesby Sheridan Winn, earned Blue Eyes Fiction €500,000, while Theresa von Eltz and her film Ostwind – Aris Ankunft, the fourth chapter of the popular film saga Windstorm, charting the adventures of young Mika and her horse, earned Sam Film €495,000. Last but not least among the production support beneficiaries are the winner of the 2017 Silver Lola (for 24 Weeks [+see also:
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), The Wife of the Pilot byAnne Zohra Berrached(€460,000 for Razor Film Produktion) and the Amerikafilm production Golden Twenties by debut director/scriptwriter Sophie Kluge (€73,000). 

As for the German-French Commission, which brings together the FFA and the French CNC, nigh on €1,1m has been distributed to four projects in production, and two that are still in the development stages. The former include Elia Suleiman's It Must Be Heaven, a Turkish-Canadian-French-German endeavour presented as a film, where the acclaimed director, having shown Palestine as a microcosm of the world, goes on to examine the world as a microcosm of Palestine. Also among the supported projects are Yuval Adler's Israeli-German-French psychological thriller, The Operative, Arthur Harari's French-German-Belgian-Cambodian WW2 story set in the Far East, 10,000 Nights in the Jungle, and German actress Ina Weisse's second film as a director (after The Architect [+see also:
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), Das Vorpiel, a family drama set in the world of classical music.

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