MFG provides funds for projects

German group allocated $3.5 million

A metaphysical science fiction, a meta-Bollywood comedy and an animated feature about Jesus are among the new projects announced through regional German funder MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg.

In its May session, MFG allocated some $3.5 million for mostly newly announced projects.

The body granted €300,000 ($400,000) to Damir Lukacevic (“Heimkehr”) for his sci-fi drama “Transfer,” about an old couple’s Faustian journey starting over as youths while keeping their wisdom.

Oliver Paulus’ “Tandoori Love” is a romance between two cooks in the Swiss Alps. Producing shingle Pandora has a track record of cross-national productions that include films by Indian-born helmer Pan Nalin (“Samsara”) as well as Kiwi pic “Whale Rider.”

The animated life of Jesus from the perspective of his companions Paul, Judas and Mary Magdalene will be drafted by Andreas Hykade, who also received MFG support for a TV kids series.

Supported projects also include a silent movie, “Anatolian Love Letters,” by Yilmaz Arslan, who in 2005 won the Silver Leopard of Locarno for “Fratricide.” Another former Locarno competitor, Georgia-born Dito Tsintsadze (“The Man From the Embassy,” 2006), received coin for thriller drama “Invasion.”

Other projects were Susanne Schneider’s “Es kommt der Tag,” Lisa-Marie Dickreiter’s “Vom Atmen unter Wasser,” Brigitte Bertele and Johanna Stuttmann’s soldier psychodrama “Nacht vor Augen” and mystery drama “Die Frau die im Wald verschwand,” by vintage TV helmer Oliver Storz.

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