Duo team on futuristic drama
Berlin-based Razor Film and Film4 will produce Hungarian helmer Benedek Fliegauf’s first English-language film, the futuristic drama “Womb.”Fliegauf, whose experimental pic “Milky Way” won a Golden Leopard in Locarno last year, will shoot the new film — a story about the efforts to overcome death by genetic manipulation — in Berlin and on the North Sea coast. Roman Paul and Gerhard Meixner of Razor and Film4’s Peter Carlton are producing along with Budapest-based Inforg Studio, which produced “Milky Way,” as well as Paris-based A.S.A.P. Films. Pic is one of an array being funded by Germany’s Filmfoerderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the EU’s Media Program, the Hungarian Film Fund, Script East and Film4. German film funders have lined up E5.5 million ($8.7 million) in coin for an array of pics, many of which are French co-productions. More than $1.6 million went to 14th century pirate pic “12 meter ohne kopf,” directed by young helmer Sven Taddicken. Also funded by FFHH are “Stille Sieger” (Silent Winners), the true story of a male Nazi agent who participated as a female athlete at the 1936 Olympic Games, helmed by Kaspar Heidelbach; Ayse Polat’s third feature, “Luks glueck” (Luk’s Luck); and Peter Timm’s Berlin Wall love drama “Liebe mauer.” FFA is funding Constantin Film toon “Die Konferenz der Tiere” (The Conference of Animals), based on a popular children’s book by Erich Kaestner. Both FFA and the French-German Funding Commission awarded coin to Julie Delpy’s “The Countess” and Werner Schroeter’s “Diese Nacht” (This Night), a drama about treason and denunciation among a group of people trying to escape from a dictatorship. The French-German org also is giving coin to a nature documentary along the lines of “Microcosmos,” starring pets rather than insects. “Animal Farm” will be the debut feature of Dominique Garing, who has previously made animal docus for French TV.