BERLIN — Teutonic helmer Volker Schlondorff has blasted the growing volume of German investment money flowing into Hollywood productions and took a shot at fellow German filmmaker Roland Emmerich for promoting drippy American patriotism.
Speaking last week on a Berlin radio show, Schlondorff criticized the billions of deutsch marks that are invested annually in Hollywood movies, calling it a disgrace and a sellout, adding that it ultimately hurts local cinema. Schlondorff stressed that he was speaking from a European perspective, supporting European culture and diversity rather than German nationalism.
Irked over incentives
He also said it was scandalous that private German investors enjoy tax-saving incentives to finance American pics.
All Europeans get in return is a flood of U.S. fare and a “contaminated awareness,” he added.
Germany doesn’t have enough producers willing to make money available to German filmmakers, per the director, whose latest pic, “The Legends of Rita,” was just released here to mixed reviews.
“A film can’t get more than DM5 million ($2.2 million) here. You can’t make the kind of great epic films that I would like to do with that.”
Nevertheless, the Oscar-winning director said he’d rather shoot local films at Babelsberg than make pics like Emmerich’s “The Patriot,” which he described as being obediently made to Hollywood’s demands.