For Ute Wieland, it's better than nothing
- The director of FC Venus recounts the making of an expert funeral director
Since October 11, Ute Wieland has been shooting her new film, Besser als nix ("Better than nothing"), and this time the director of FC Venus [+see also:
film profile] is not focusing on young female characters.
The screenplay, adapted by Wieland, Peer Klehmet, and Nina Pourlak from a novel by the latter, stars a young man called Tom (played by French-born actor François Goeske, who notably appeared in French for Beginners in 2006). His mother has died, he does not get along with his father (Wotan Wilke Möhring, now out in cinemas in Rothemund's Mann tut was Mann kann), and he always wears black. A careers adviser suggests that he become a funeral director. After all, it's "better than nothing".
Shooting is to continue until the end of November in Saxony-Anhalt and Berlin. Other actors are to include Anna Fischer (one of Dennis Gansel's beautiful vampires in We Are the Night), Hannelore Elsner (Cherry Blossoms), Erika Marozsán, and actress and director Nicolette Krebitz (who is also currently shooting Oktoberfest, das Attentat - read more).
Besser als nix is produced by NFP, in co-production with Seven One Film with the support of the DFFF and regional funds MDM and Medienboard Berlin-Brandebourg. NFP is to release the film in German cinemas next autumn.
(Translated from French)
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