Markus Goller and Frau Ella end the summer in the Finistère
by Bénédicte Prot
- The popular director who made Friendship! is off to Brittany to wrap filming on his next film, for which he has again joined forces with the equally popular Matthias Schweighöfer.
After releasing Eine ganz heiße nummer [+see also:
film profile] last autumn, Markus Goller (photo), the editor-turned-filmmaker from Munich, has been shooting his new film, Frau Ella, since the beginning of the summer alongside Matthias Schweighöfer. After appearing in Goller's Friendship! [+see also:
film profile], a great success (over 1.6 million admissions in 2010) that catapulted him to the rank of film star and allowed him to make his first steps as a film director himself (His first film, What A Man, attracted over 1.8 million German cinema-goers last year, while his second comedy Schlussmacher - read more - is to be released on January 24.), Schweighöfer is now producing Frau Ella for Pantaleon, the Frankfurt-based production company that he heads with Dan Maag and Marco Beckmann.
Frau Ella, adapted by screenwriter Dirk Ahner from Florian Beckerhoff's 2009 novel, tells the story of an improbable friendship born in a hospital between a 30-year-old and the old lady who snores in the next-door bed. To escape a risky operation, he helps her to escape from the hospital, and then takes her, along with his best friend, on a trip to find her ex-fiancé, an American soldier she met after the war who could still be in France.
The film's crew kicked off filming in Berlin and is now to continue for ten more days in Brittany, in several towns in the Finistère (Brest, Quimper, Quimperlé, Pont-Croix, Pointe du Van). Once the film is finished, it is to be distributed in Germany by Warner Bros Entertainment as part of a new four-title agreement between Pantaleon and the distributor.
(Translated from French)
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