That Old World charms pays off

Gallenberger not blinded by H'wood lights

For every Amenabar there’s an Almodovar.

These are the young artists not so anxious to parlay their perfect English and film festival honors into Hollywood careers.

German director Florian Gallenberger is quite happy in Berlin, where, after winning an Academy Award last year for his short film “Quiero Ser,” he says, “I have the choice of anything I want to do.”

“Quiero Ser” was made in Mexico; his next feature will be shot in India.

“I don’t care where I make a film,” says Gallenberger, who is represented by Doreen Wilcox at AMG.

During the Academy Award whirl, Gallenberger met with production companies: Tom Cruise’s C/W Prods., Barry Levinson’s Baltimore/Spring Creek Pictures, Mirage. So far he’s nixed all scripts he’s been offered to direct.

“I’d have to be offered something that would make it worth leaving the situation I have in Germany,” he states.

Gallenberger is backed financially by Helmut Dietl’s Diana Films, but Dietl isn’t peering over the director’s shoulder. And there’s no fear of development hell: When Gallenberger says the script is ready, they’ll shoot.

“I know people from France and Germany who spent five well-paid years, probably in beautiful houses, in California and developed and developed and developed until they lost the momentum,” Gallenberger tells Variety.

In the next breath, though, he admits, “If I find a good story, I’ll be on the next plane.”

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