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Berlin puts more coin into pic fund

TV pic 'Tornado' gets $1.2 mil handout

The city of Berlin has emphasized its support for local film production by lifting its contribution to film funding body Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg by E1.5 million, bringing org’s budget this year to E17.9 million ($21.6 million).

“The additional means come in handy, as there’s a continued run by film producers on the Berlin-Brandenburg region,” Medienboard’s managing director Kirsten Niehuus said.

The increase counteracts political plans for axing Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film, which supports mainly debut productions.

At its latest session, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg distributed more than $5.6 million in support of 27 film projects, including Volker Schlondorff’s history drama “Heldin Wider Willen” (Heroine Against Her Will), about the Polish antiregime protest in the 1980s.

The largest single amount of the session, $1.2 million, went to TV event movie “Tornado” by Berlin shingle Teamworx, which specializes in big-budget projects on disasters and contemporary history.

Ute Wieland received $800,000 for soccer comedy “FC Venus,” while $600,000 went to X-Filme’s Stefan Arndt for the first project from new shingle Animation X, “Die Drei Rauber” (The Three Robbers).

Other pics funded include Christian Frosch’s thriller “Neustadt,” Marcus Schmidt’s docu “Return to the Heart of Darkness” and Stefan Ruzowitzky’s drama “Faelscher” (Forgers), the true story of the Nazis’ forgery of U.S. and British money in WWII.

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