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UFA plans feature on Nazi filmmaker

TV movie will start filming next year

UFA will produce a two-part TV movie on the life of Leni Riefenstahl, the late filmmaker whose career was tainted by her association to Adolf Hitler and who was branded a Third Reich propagandist for her patriotic Nazi-era documentaries.

Project, based on a screenplay by Katrin Buehlig, will start filming next year as an international co-production with German and British partners. Company is in negotiations with pubcaster ZDF to come aboard the biopic. Casting is yet to begin.

The TV movie is the latest project to be planned on Riefenstahl’s life.

Jodie Foster had planned to star in a bigscreen feature via her Egg Pictures shingle but that never came to fruition, while a German film planned by Odeon Film and producer Thomas Schuehly (“Alexander”) fell by the wayside.

Riefenstahl’s cinematic paeans to the Third Reich included “Triumph of the Will,” which showcased an awe-inspiring Nazi rally in Nuremberg, and “Olympia,” her portrayal of German athletes during the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

Riefenstahl died in 2003 at the age of 101.

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