Laffer to be helmed by Haussmann

Constantin Film is preparing a Teutonic adaptation of Allan and Barbara Pease’s lifestyle guidebook “Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps.”

The fictionalized comedy about a young couple will be directed by Leander Haussmann, who previously helmed East German social comedies “Sun Alley” and “NVA.”

He has received $512,000 in production support from national film funder FFA, which in its October session allocated $2.9 million to seven projects.

Haussmann’s former colleagues at Boje Buck Produs also received FFA coin. Their psychedelic pothead comedy “Contact High” will be directed by Austrian Michael Glawogger. The helmer’s social drama “Slumming” screened in competish at the Berlinale this year, the first Austrian pic to take a competition slot at Berlin in 20 years.

Another new project announced through FFA is Jan Henrik Stahlberg’s satire “Shortcut to Hollywood.” Stahlberg’s black comedy “Bye Bye, Berlusconi” also screened at the Berlinale.

The FFA’s largest single contribution, $1 million, went to historical drama “John Rabe,” to be helmed by Florian Gallenberger.

FFA also gave coin to the debut project by Maren Ade, “Alle Anderen,” and to social drama “Chiko” by Ozgur Yildirim.

Some $2.5 million also was lined up by Bavaria’s funding body FFF Bayern. The body gave coin to a TV movie project by Hermine Huntgeburth (“The White Massai”). “Teufelsbraten” tells the story of a working-class wunderkind in the 1950s.

Bigscreen projects funded by FFF include stock market satire “Bieger & Pelzig” by Thomas Heinemann, and Hannu Salonen’s social tragicomedy “Ossi’s Eleven.”

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