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Germans open wallet for ‘Valkyrie’

Government gives $6.5 million to production

The German government may be a stickler when it comes to shooting at sacred war memorials, but it’s happy to provide cash for Bryan Singer’s WWII project “Valkyrie,” starring Tom Cruise.

The United Artists film, which focuses on German military hero Col. Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, will receive E4.8 million ($6.5 million) from the government’s new $80 million a year German Federal Film Fund (DFFF).

“Valkyrie” is reportedly budgeted at $80 million, two-thirds of which will be spent in Germany.

The DFFF grant, which exceeds the total cost of most German features, is the latest government money provided to a major U.S. production in recent months.

In April, the DFFF put up $12.3 million for Warner Bros.’ “Speed Racer,” which is shooting at Studio Babelsberg outside Berlin. Babelsberg also is aboard “Valkyrie” as a co-producing partner.

City officials are hoping the support from the Federal Film Board, which administers the DFFF, will allay fears that Germany is fundamentally opposed to Cruise playing Stauffenberg.

“Valkyrie” is due to start shooting on July 18.

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