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Industry Report: Produce - Coproduce...

Case Study Storm – Under One Umbrella?

10/04/2009 - Storm is an outstanding political thriller about a prosecutor working for the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague trying to track down a war criminal - a popular Bosnian Serb.
Suited to the story, Storm is realised as an international co-production, the first for director Hans-Christian Schmid, with a main cast from e.g. UK, Romania, Sweden, Germany and the former Yugoslavia, and was shot in Germany, Bosnia, the Netherlands and Spain.
Initiated by 23/5 Filmproduktion, the director's production company, the project became a truly international cooperation with many partners from many countries, even if most of them then came on board via one connection, Zentropa. Was this set-up chosen because one needs reliable partners for realising such a film? Is it a new concept for the future instead of looking for new partners for each single project? An alternative to the usual funding and financing solutions? Or is it just easier to access funding from various countries? In any case, it seems to be a huge acrobatic act pulled off in less than a year, but luckily with a bit of a safety net...

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Read the Case Study with the interview to the director Hans-Christian Schmid, Marie Gade from Zentropa Entertainment, Copenhagen, Britta Knöller from 23/5 Filmproduktion, Berlin, Maria Köpf from Zentropa International, Berlin and Frans Van Gestel from IdtV Film & Video Productions, Amsterdam, during the conference at the 2009 Berlinale Co-Production Market.

pdfCase Study - Storm

 

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