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Potente powers up her pen

Thesp already scripting her first feature

BERLIN — German actress Franka Potente is shifting her behind-the-camera career into high gear.

While her debut pic, “Digging For Belladonna,” has its world premiere in the Perspektive sidebar on Monday, she is already well into writing the script of her first full-length feature.

The as yet untitled project, which furthers her collaboration with X-Filme, is “about a man living half his life in a dream world, while the whole film is set in a shopping mall.

“I’m writing it for Justus von Dohnanyi,” Potente said. “I think he’s the Jim Carrey of Germany.”

Although Potente has swapped one side of the Atlantic for the other, she is insistent she has not turned her back on Hollywood.

“You have to be somewhere,” she explained, “and Germans like to simplify things. It’s easy to say someone’s turning their back on something.”

Potente first made a name for herself in the German international break-out hit “Run Lola Run” before ending up alongside Matt Damon in “The Bourne Conspiracy” and then dead alongside Matt Damon in “The Bourne Supremacy.”

And she certainly hasn’t turned her back on acting.

I’m shortly off to Australia to work with Eric Bana on ‘Romulus, My Father.’ It’s about a family that emigrates from Germany to Australia in 1950.”

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