Dito Tsintsadze wraps up his new tragicomedy Wettbewerb
by Birgit Heidsiek
- The award-winning Georgian filmmaker shot the German-French-Georgian coproduction entirely in Stuttgart
After four weeks, the production of Dito Tsintsadze’s new tragicomedy Wettbewerb wrapped in Stuttgart where the entire story of the film takes place. Living since ten years in Germany, the Georgian filmmaker Dito Tsintsadze gained an international reputation with films such as Schussangst and the Georgian Oscar entry Murder in the Theatre. “His name stands for richness of ideas, strange situational humour and his unique style combining comedy and tragedy,” says German producer Oliver Damian whose 27 Film Production is the main producer of this German-French-Georgian coproduction. This former “Producer on the Move” gained international experience as coproducer of the sci-fi parody Iron Sky. For Wettbewerb he teamed up with the Stuttgart-based new production venture East End Film, Manny Films in France and Koro Pictures in Georgia.
“Stuttgart has a great potential for an international film,” underlines Damian. “You find people from all over the world who are living there.” In Wettbewerb, an unsuccessful actor is going to see his daughter for the first time after a decade. Since he wants to impress her, he is trying to stage that he has a great life. But this doesn’t work out at all. The cast includes German actress Nadeshda Brennicke (Kanak Attack, Die Bluthochzeit), Lasha Bakradze and Elie James Blezes who already shot with Tsintsadze for his action comedy Lost Killers as well as the French newcomer Tina Meliava.
The production of the international coproduction is backed by the Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (MFG), the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), and Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM). An additional cash injection is generated by the mini-treaties provided by the German Federal Film Board (FFA) and the CNC. Further financial support comes from the Georgian National Film Center (GNFC). German distributor Kinostar scheduled the opening of Wettbewerb for summer 2014.
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