Schmid prepares for ‘Storm’

Director to pen script with Lange, produce project

“Requiem” helmer Hans-Christian Schmid will next direct “Storm,” a political-thriller about an attorney working for the Hague who discovers war-crime skeletons in the closet of a popular Croatian politician.

Schmid is writing the screenplay with “Requiem” scribe Bernd Lange and will produce through his 23|5 Filmproduktion shingle. Company will also produce Robert Thalheim’s “Am ende kommen Touristen,” about a young Teuton coming to terms with Germany’s past while doing a year of social service in Poland.

Despite screening at the tail-end of the Berlinale, “Requiem,” the fourth Teutonic German title to screen in Competition, quickly sold throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia and the MidEast.

Schmid’s pic explores how an epileptic girl from a strict religious family suffers a breakdown after discovering the freedom of university, only to seek help from a priest in battling her demons.

While Schmid doesn’t see the film as an indictment of the church, he does see timely relevance in the story.

“You don’t need to make a film in 2006 to prove that exorcism is not a good way to treat a psychosis. At the same time, the Church has never given up the practice of exorcism as an instrument in its arsenal,” he said.

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