Fatih Akin’s ‘Soul Kitchen’ heats up

FFA grants romantic comedy $5.1 million

COLOGNE — Turkish-German helmer Fatih Akin’s “Soul Kitchen,” which had been put on the back burner while “The Edge of Heaven” was pushed into production, is cooking once more.

The Hamburg-set romantic comedy, which was first unveiled in 2004, has been handed E3.2 million ($5.1 million) in production support by German funding org FFA in its May session.

The FFA also gave some $900,000 to Soenke Wortmann’s “Pope Joan,” which will star Johanna Wokalek, and the same amount to Michael Bully Herbig’s comedy “Vicky the Viking.”

Other projects announced through the FFA were David Sieveking’s “David Wants to Fly,” Christian Stahl’s “Gangster,” Angela Schanelec’s “Orly, Poem 1-4,” Lars Jessen’s “Dorfpunks,” Ayse Golat’s “Luks Glueck” (Luk’s Luck), Peter Timm’s “Liebe Mauer” (Dear Wall) and Markus Goller’s “Friendship.”

In other news, production coin totaling $3.1 million was announced by MFG, the public funder of the federal state of Baden-Wurttemberg.

The org awarded coin to big screen dramas like Miguel Alexandre’s “Kindersuche,” Jochen Nitsch’s “Mamas Seele,” Marc Rensing’s “Parcour,” Anne Wild’s “Schwestern” and Didi Danquart’s “Der Flur.”

Documentaries funded include TeamWorx’s “Remake, Remix, Ripoff,” in which Cem Kaya traces the cinematic development of Turkey in the 1960s and 70s in the shadow of European and American cinema.

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