FFA allocates $4.8m to 10 projects
COLOGNE — Christian Alvart, who recently wrapped the Renee Zellweger/Ian McShane starrer “Case 39,” has received $600,000 from German funding org FFA for his upcoming sci-fi thriller “Pandorum,” starring Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster.Constantin Film is producing the film, about two crewmen who awaken aboard their spacecraft unaware of their mission or identities, which is set to shoot in Berlin. The FFA has allocated a total Euro 3 million ($4.8 million) for 10 projects in its latest round of financing, including Berlin-based Razor Film’s futuristic drama “Womb,” the first English-language film by Hungarian-born director Benedek Fliegauf, which is receiving $310,000. The largest grant, $800,000, went to Toby Genkel’s animated tyke film “Der Sandmann und der verlorene Traumsand.” The org also announced a new project by award-winning helmer Detlev Buck (“Hands Off Mississippi”), “Wohin Du auch gehst” (Wherever You Go). Pic, penned by Ruth Thoma, who wrote the scripts to “Gloomy Sunday” and Fatih Akin’s debut “Solino,” received some $390,000 in backing. Other high-profile projects that won funding grants include Tom Tykwer’s multi-helmer omnibus pic “Deutschland 09,” Matti Geschonnek’s mystery thriller “Boxhagener Platz,” Achim Bornhak’s “Class Reunion” and Matthias Glasner’s “This is Love.” The FFA also announced development coin for several screenplays, including Claudia Kaufmann’s “Lion,” “Equilibre,” by Bob Konrad and Lenn Kudrjawizki, and a new project from Til Schweiger’s shingle Barefoot Films, “Als das wuenschen noch geholfen hat…” (When Wishing Still Helped …), penned by Katja Staschwski.