Franco-German org backs four coproductions

COLOGNE — The German-French Film Funding Commission has handed Euros 1.3 million ($1.7 million) to four coproductions, including pics toplining Julia Jentsch and Fanny Ardant.

Julia Jentsch, from Oscar nominee “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days,” will play the lead in “Capri 1934,” an adaptation of a novel by Italian author Alberto Moravia. Pic will be shot in Italy in English, directed by Benoit Jacquot.

Fanny Ardant will star alongside Jeremie Renier for “La Chambre d’ami,” a psycho-thriller set on France’s north coast, helmed by Christian de Chalonge.

“Dawn of the World” by director Abbas Fahdel is an Arabic-lingo marriage drama set in an isolated community in central Iraq during the first Gulf War.

Due to the tensions in Iraq, filming will be in nearby Iran regions, German producer 27 Films said.

Shingle was established only last year by Oliver Damian, former member of Berlin-based Egoli Tossel Films, who was involved in pics such as “Russian Ark” and Paul Verhoeven’s “Black Book.”

“Tengri — le bleu du ciel,” a love story in today’s Kirghizia directed by Marie Jaoul de Poncheville, also received coin.

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