Helmer Edward Berger has been in flux between his native Germany and New York for almost a decade now, but it was a move back to Berlin that gave him his first shot at a feature.
After having studied film at NYU’s Tisch School and worked as a post-production manager for Gotham indie stalwart Good Machine, one would think Berger was headed for a U.S. film career. But when he started writing a feature script for a pic called “Gomez,” it was the Teutonic lucre that lured him back.
“It’s a story that I wrote to take place in New York,” says Berger says. “Then I met a German producer who said he wanted to do it, but I would have to come to Berlin. So I spent a summer there, got the feel for the city, and adapted a draft to the new environment.”
Berger shot the pic in 1997 and it bowed in the Berlin Intl. Film Festival’s New German Cinema section in 1998 and went on to play at film fests such as Slamdance, Seattle and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The idea for his current pic, Internet love story “Frau2 + Happyend,” was pitched to him by Berlin-based producers Andreas Eicher and Philipp Homberg of Box! Film. The film, now in post, stars Ben Becker (“Comedian Harmonists”) and is repped by France’s Canal Plus for international sales.
Up next is an untitled love story for Cary Woods’ Independent Pictures.
Berger also is working on two scripts — one about “a modern-day female Jesus figure.”