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FUNDING Germany

MBB finances Polanski’s latest film

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At its second 2009 funding allocation session, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg awarded €3.95m for the production of 18 projects, including Roman Polanski’s forthcoming film.

After The Pianist, the cult director returns to Germany to make The Ghost, whose German co-producer, Elfte Babelsberg Film, received €500,000. This political thriller – starring Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor – tells the story of a ghostwriter commissioned to write the memoirs of a former UK prime minister. Shooting will take place mainly in Berlin and Babelsberg.

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Meanwhile, d.i.e. film obtained €400,000 for Das Blaue vom Himmel, the new project by Hans Steinbichler (Winter Journey [+see also:
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). Monica Bleibtreu appears alongside Hannah Herzsprung (her co-star in Four Minutes [+see also:
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) in the role of an Alzheimer’s sufferer who shares her fragmented memories with her daughter and unwittingly reveals an important secret.

SchmidtzKatze Filmkollektiv was granted €300,000 for Agnieszka Holland’s German/Polish/Canadian co-production Hidden, which is inspired by the true story of a man who risked his life hiding Jews during the Second World War.

Other projects to receive backing include Circus Columbia by Danis Tanovic (No Man's Land [+see also:
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), for which German company Razor Film Produktion obtained €250,000. The story is set in Bosnia-Herzegovina at the dawn of the Balkans War: Divko returns from Germany to his homeland with a woman, a black cat, a Mercedes and some money and becomes the king of the village.

(Translated from French)

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