MTV Films Europe has teamed up with Berlin-based Razor Filmproduktion on German-language laffer “Cutting Edge,” currently shooting in Erfurt, Germany.
“Cutting Edge” is MTV Europe Films’ second production, following “Dirty Sanchez — The Movie,” which they produced for Pathe U.K.
“Our remit is to produce low-budget films that appeal to local MTV audiences, and the great thing about this film is that it actually has crossover potential, and we think it could also work in other MTV territories,” said MTV Films Europe topper Bobby Allen, who’s acting as exec producer on the pic with his MTV colleague Jonathan Zilli.
“It’s a black comedy about two rival hospitals fighting for survival, and as things get tough, comic hilarity ensues,” explained Razor’s Roman Paul who’s producing with business partner Gerhard Meixner.
“It’s the first German comedy I’ve ever read where I actually had to laugh,” added Allen.Paul and Meixner had previously acted as co-producers on Hany Abu-Assad’s “Paradise Now.”
“Cutting Edge” is helmed by first-timer Carsten Strauch, who also co-penned the screenplay and stars in the picture alongside Cosma Shiva Hagen, the daughter of Germany’s punk icon Nina Hagen, Burghart Klausser (“The Edukators”), Nina Kronjager (“Elementary Particles”) and Strauch’s writing partner Rainer Ewerrien.
MTV will brand and promote the pic in Germany, and Razor has pre-sold Teuton theatrical rights to 3-L Filmdistribution. “But no one is selling the film yet internationally. Because we raised the finance through MTV, 3-L and German subsidies, we’ve had the luxury of not having to think about that yet,” explained Paul.
In addition to “Cutting Edge,” Razor is currently in pre-production with “Where the Grass Is Greener,” a romantic comedy about an East German woman who’s sent to work on a farm in the Swiss Alps.
Helmed by Tamara Staudt (“Swetlana”), the pic is penned by one of Germany’s hottest scribes, Wolfgang Kohlhaase (“Summer in Berlin”).
“We’re financing this as a German-Swiss co-production, but we continue to be interested in English-language and other international co-productions,” said Meixner.