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Schiwago Film takes on Hitler film

Odermatt to direct 'Mein Kampf'

COLOGNE — “Mein Kampf,” a fictitious account of Adolf Hitler’s period as a young man in Vienna, will be produced by Schiwago Film, with Urs Odermatt directing.

Despite the title, pic is not based on Hitler’s autobiography but on a stage play written by George Tabori, who in the 1950s penned screenplays for Charles Vidor and Alfred Hitchcock. Shingle Schiwago Film recently has gained attention for its social and political satires such as “Bye Bye Berlusconi” and low-budget surprise hit “Muxmauschenstill.”

Pic has received financial support from funding body FFA, which in its latest session allocated close to $3 million for nine projects. Around $1 million went to Munich-based SamFilm, for the fifth sequel of kidpic series “Die Wilden Kerle (The Wild Soccer Bunch)” and Mike Marzuk’s “Sommer.”

Another kidpic is Bernd Sahling’s geography lesson for the bigscreen, “Willi und die Wunder dieser Welt.” Award-winning helmer Fatih Akin plans a docu, “The Garbage in the Garden of Eden,” about a Turkish town in a struggle against a garbage dump.

Further projects that received coin are the actress Feo Aladag’s directorial debut, “Die Fremde,” Britta Wauer’s “Gerda’s Schweigen,” Neele Leana Vollmar’s “Friedliche Zeiten” and Ute Wieland’s “Freche Maedchen.”

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