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German funder backs Doerrie pic

'Cherry Blossoms' director to return with 'Gute'

COLOGNE — German helmer Doris Doerrie, whose “Cherry Blossoms — Hanami” will play in competition at the Berlin Film Festival, has announced follow-up project “Gute Besserung” (Get Well).

Story concerns a man who needs a kidney transplant and finds a donor in a Romanian girl who wants the money to fund a Western lifestyle.

Produced by Olga Film, project has received development coin from Bavarian funding org FFF Bayern.

In its December session, the body earmarked some E2 million ($2.9 million) for 24 projects, with a large share given to debut helmers.

Films by established directors include Michael Verhoeven’s docu “Menschliches Versagen” (Human Failure) and action pic “Cloudbusting,” a TV production for Germany’s commercial web Sat1 and Austrian pubcaster ORF to be helmed by Sybille Tafel.

Support for distribution of finished productions was given to Doerrie’s “Cherry Blossoms,” Cristian Mungiu’s “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” and Dominik Wessely’s docu “Aufbruch der Filmemacher,” the companion to the upcoming Berlinale’s special section Rebellion of the Filmmakers.

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