COLOGNE — German public funding org Filmstiftung NRW has lined up $650,000 in support of 22 projects from mostly newcomers and documentary filmmakers.
Coin was awarded to helmer Hanno Olderdissen, producer Katrin Hohendahl and author Clemente Fernandez-Gil for “Robin,” a drama about a kid caught between a social worker and loyalty to a neglectful mother.
On the heels of Soenke Wortmann’s successful soccer World Cup docu “Deutschland — ein Sommermaerchen” comes Winfried Oelsner with a similar project on handball. “Aus Liebe am Spiel” is a close account of the German team during the handball World Cup in February.
Two documentaries on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis received support: Annette Duerr’s observation of Sderot, a town that was hit by 3,000 missiles in six years, and “Kinder der Steine,” a sequel to a pic made in 1989 about a Christian village in Palestine, by Robert Krieg und Monika Nolte. Another overseas project to receive coin is Hector Galvez’s “Paradise Gardens,” about five young people in the slums of Lima, Peru.
The selection underlines the motto Filmstiftung NRW has chosen for its upcoming Intl. Film Congress, “Film Without Frontiers.” The annual congress, a platform for panels and co-production get-togethers, will be held June 16-19 as part of the Medienforum NRW confab in Cologne.