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Zentropa launches Berlin division

Koepf to head unit, deal with 'Mammoth'

Peter Aalbek Jensen and Lars von Trier’s Danish production powerhouse Zentropa is teaming up with former X-Filme topper Maria Koepf and setting up shop in Berlin.

Koepf will head Zentropa Intl. Berlin and act as the German co-production partner of Zentropa’s upcoming “Mammoth.” Budgeted at $10 million, “Mammoth” is Lukas Moodyson’s (“Together”) first English-language production. Principal photography is to kick off in October.

Koepf will also cooperate with Zentropa on her own German-language projects.

Zentropa will continue to keep its office in Cologne, which is run by Bettina Brokemper. Brokemper’s office used to be called Pain Unlimited but will now go under the name Zentropa Intl. Cologne moniker.

“For many years Zentropa, for example on the films of Lars von Trier, has benefited from the support by the NRW Mediaboard,” said Aalbek Jensen. “Now is the right time to increase our cooperation with our partners and build Zentropa Intl. Berlin and Zentropa Intl. Cologne into a strong international presence in order to produce European co-productions as well as German films.”

Zentropa has also joined with Regner Grasten Film to create a Danish indie production company that will make four to six small-budget pics and two larger-budget films every year.

Called Filmfabriken (the Film Factory), company will be based in Copenhagen.

(Gunnar Rehlin contributed to this report.)

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