Dietl looks to ‘Love’ as ‘Late’ followup

Pic receives $1.6 mil from Bavarian state subsidy

BERLIN — German helmer Helmut Dietl’s next project is “Vom suchen und finden der liebe” (About Searching and Finding Love), based on a screenplay he co-wrote with Patrick Suskind.

Described as a comedy about the myth of everlasting love, pic is Dietl’s first since his 1999 satire on the TV biz, “Late Show.”

Suskind, whose bestselling novel “Perfume” is being adapted by Bernd Eichinger’s Constantin Film, also co-wrote the screenplay to Dietl’s 1997 “Rossini.”

Star attraction

Dietl’s past projects have attracted a who’s who of Teutonic stars. His latest is no exception, with a lineup that includes Moritz Bleibtreu (“Germanikus”), Alexandra Maria Lara (“Downfall”), Uwe Ochsenknecht (“Luther”) and Anke Engelke (“Germanikus”).

Produced by Norbert Preuss’ Munich-based Fanes Film, pic has received e1.4 million ($1.6 million) from Bavarian state subsidy FilmFernsehFonds Bayern.

The FFF is financing 15 theatrical and TV projects to the tune of $5.5 million, including Wolf-Arnim Lange’s Christmas comedy pic “Es is ein elch entsprungen” and TV fantasy mini “Das blut der templer.”

(Christian Kohl in Cologne contributed to this report.)

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