Shooting is under way on Moritz Bleibtreu’s directorial debut, Cortex
- The German actor is preparing a psycho-thriller starring Nadja Uhl, Jannis Niewöhner and Bleibtreu himself
After rising to fame thanks to his performances in films such as The Baader Meinhof Complex [+see also:
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Written, directed and produced by Bleibtreu, the psycho-thriller will tell the story of Hagen (Bleibtreu himself), a man in his 50s who is experiencing frequent nightmares and can no longer distinguish between dreams and reality. Time and again, he dreams that his wife Karoline (Nadja Uhl) is having an affair with a young outlaw named Niko (Jannis Niewöhner). Other parts are to be played by Marc Hosemann, Anna Bederke and Nicholas Ofczarek.
Filming, which started on 26 February and is planned to wrap on 18 April, is taking place in Hamburg and Berlin, with Thomas W Kiennast (3 Days in Quiberon [+see also:
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Cortex is being produced by Paloma Entertainment (Bleibtreu and Emek Kavukcuoglu) together with Port-au-Prince (Jan Krüger) and Warner Bros Entertainment Germany (Jacqueline Jagow). So far, the project has received €550,000 worth of production funding from the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (FFHSH) as well as €200,000 from the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. Distributor Warner Bros Pictures Germany is planning a theatrical release for autumn 2020.
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