FFF Bayern grants a total of €7.25 million to 42 projects
by Bénédicte Prot
- The Bavarian regional fund is supporting the latest projects by Sven Unterwaldt, Doris Dörrie, Caroline Link and Abel Ferrara, as well as Windstorm number 4 and a new series, Oktoberfest
In its first session for 2018, German regional fund FFF Bayern has granted a total of €7.25 million to 42 projects, including 12 film productions (for a total of €4.6 million).
The highest amount granted for a film production (€864,000) went to the family title Sprite Sisters – Vier zauberhafte Schwestern by Sven Unterwaldt, a Blue Eyes Fiction production adapted from Sheridan Winn's series of children's books, featuring four witch sisters whose powers only reach their full potential when they are together. One-quarter of the film will be shot in Bavaria, and the region has supported this project ever since it was in development.
Olga Film received €700,000 for Doris Dörrie's Dämonen zum Tee, the sequel to her acclaimed Cherry Blossoms [+see also:
film profile] (2008), which was also an Olga Film production. The new film takes place ten years later, and revolves around the character of Rudi and Trudi's son. The feature will be shot in Bavaria and Japan.
Oscar-winning director Caroline Link (Academy Award for Best Foreign-language Film for Nowhere in Africa [+see also:
film profile] in 2003) is preparing an adaptation of Judith Kerr's autobiographical account of her Jewish family's escape from Berlin to London, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahl), co-scripted by the director, Anna Brüggemann and Michael Gutmann. For this project, the FFF Bayern granted Sommerhaus Filmproduktion €500,000.
The fourth chapter of the popular film saga Windstorm [+see also:
film profile], following the adventures of young Mika and her horse, Windstorm, earned SamFilm support of €600,000. Ostwind 4 – Aris Ankunft [+see also:
film profile] will be directed by Theresa von Eltz.
Also amongst the FFF Bayern-supported feature projects is Abel Ferrara's latest, Siberia, about a man who is searching for inner peace in the tundra, only to find he cannot escape his demons. One-quarter of the shoot will take place in Bavaria. Siberia is a co-production between Italy's Vivo Film and Munich-based outfit Maze Pictures, which received €300,000 for the project.
The highest subsidy in this round of support (€900,000, out of a total of €1.14 million for TV productions) went to the 6x45-minute period series Oktoberfest, directed by Florian Schwarz (mostly known for his work as a television director, as well as the film Let the Cat Out of the Bag) for Bavaria's public broadcasting service BR. The events recounted in the series unfold in 1898, a time of great technological innovation and rampant racism, around the struggle of a Nuremberg native, Georg Prank, to pitch his tent at the world-famous Munich-based beerpalooza known as Octoberfest. The series is being produced by Zeitsprung Pictures and Violet Pictures.
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