FFA backs Von Trotta, Hormann, Dani Levy
by Bénédicte Prot
08/06/2011 - The German film regulating body FFA has just allocated over €3.3m in production funding to 13 feature film projects, including the latest project by Margarethe von Trotta, who, after films about Rosa Luxemburg and Hildegard von Bingen, is now turning her attention to another major politically-engaged female figure. Produced by Heimatfilm, her film Hannah Arendt received €400,000.
The same amount was granted to the latest project by Sherry Hormann (Desert Flower [trailer]), Anleitung zum Unglücklichsein (Desert Flower Filmproduktion); and two children’s films: Peter Gersina’s Sams im Glück (Collina Filmproduktion); and Die Vampirschwestern by Wolfgang Groos (The Crocodiles 3), produced by Munich’s Claussen Wöbke Putz.
Three other children’s film projects received funding: Cyrill Boss and Phillipp Stennert’s Das Haus der Krokodile (€300,000, Rat Pack Filmproduktion); Julia von Heinz’s Hanni & Nanni 2 (€250,000, UFA Cinema); and Tobias Ineichen’s Clara und das Geheimnis des Bären (€100,000, Neos Film).
Another director to receive backing is Norway’s Petter Naess for Comrade (€150,000, Zentropa Entertainments), a film starring David Kross which is already in post-production.
Moreover, at its screenplay funding allocation session at the end of May, the FFA selected, among others, Dani Levy’s forthcoming project, Skogland (X Filme Creative Pool); Der Traumhafte Weg by Angela Schanelec; Marie Curie – Die Menschheit Braucht Träumer by Marie Noëlle and Andrea Stoll; and Anja Klabunde and Andreas Pflüger’s Magda, about Goebbels’s wife. The work of these screenwriters was funded to the tune of €30,000 per project.
(Translated from French)