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Daniel Brühl readying his directorial debut, Next Door

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- The dark comedy, which also stars Brühl himself, will centre on a film star and his troublesome neighbour

Daniel Brühl readying his directorial debut, Next Door
Author Daniel Kehlmann, actor-director Daniel Brühl and producer Malte Grunert on the set of Next Door (© Warner Bros Entertainment/Reiner Bajo)

Renowned German-Spanish actor Daniel Brühl, best known for his performances in films and series such as Good Bye Lenin! [+see also:
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, The Alienist and Inglourious Basterds [+see also:
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, is ready to make his directorial debut with Next Door. Brühl will also appear in front of the camera as the lead actor in this dark comedy that centres on a film star. When his neighbour confronts him with troubling revelations, it risks destroying both his career and his private life. Peter Kurth (Babylon Berlin, In the Aisles [+see also:
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) is to play the problematic neighbour in the feature, which will also explore subjects such as gentrification and social inequality in Berlin. The cast of the upcoming film also includes Aenne Schwarz, Rike Eckermann and Gode Benedix.

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Based on an idea by Daniel Brühl, the script for Next Door was penned by Daniel Kehlmann, with whom Brühl previously collaborated on Wolfgang Becker’s 2015 adaptation of the novelist’s bestselling book Me and Kaminski [+see also:
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Filming, which started in March and was interrupted because of the COVID-19 pandemic, restarted in May, finally wrapping in mid-June.

Next Door is being produced by Amusement Park Film’s Malte Grunert (the company is co-owned by Daniel Brühl, Malte Grunert and Klaus Dohle), in co-production with Gretchenfilm, Erfttal Film & Fernsehproduktion and Warner Bros Pictures. The film was backed by the German Federal Film Board (FFA), the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

World sales are being handled by Warner Bros Entertainment, and the theatrical release is scheduled for 2021.

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