European film producer Rudolf Wichmann died in Perugia, Italy on June 17. The German-born filmmaker was based in London, setting up Nova Films in 1988 for the production of English-language European coproductions.
Films that Wichmann produced or coproduced include “The King’s Whore,” which premiered in competition in Cannes in 1991; “Rebecca’s Daughters” (1992) with Peter O’Toole and Joely Richardson;” All Men Are Mortal” (1994) starring Stephen Rea and Irene Jacob; “Love and Rage” (1999), with Greta Scacchi, Daniel Craig. Wichmann’s last film was the South African political drama “Drum,” which premiered at the Munich Film Fest in 2004.
One of his collaborators, screenwriter Brian Lynch, said “He had great, even semi-miraculous gifts as a producer, but how I wish raising the money had been easier and allowed him to make the films he really wanted to make. He was at heart an artist.”
Wichmann also held directorships in two German Television Production companies, Lichtspiel Entertainment in Berlin and Lichtspiel Filmproduktion in Munich. Nova Film had ongoing relationships with major and independent distributors such as Warner Bros., Icon Entertainment and Myriad.