Director returns to German-language filmmaking

Tom Tykwer is set to make “Drei” (Three), his first German-language feature in nearly a decade.

The Berlin-set love-triangle dramedy will be produced by Berlin-based X Filme.

Pic received E700,000 ($1.03 million) Tuesday from regional funder Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, which handed out a total of $5.2 million in backing to 28 productions, with the biggest allotment going to Tykwer’s film.

Tykwer is also working on an adaptation of U.K. author David Mitchell’s 2004 novel “Cloud Atlas” with the Wachowski brothers, as well as a film based on Dave Eggers’ 2006 novel “What Is the What,” based on the real-life story of a Sudanese refugee.

The board approved $295,997 for Wim Wenders’ “Pina,” a 3D documentary about German choreographer Pina Bausch, who died of cancer in June.

Rainer Matsutani’s horror film “Das erste Semester,” from Neue Schoenhauser Prods., nabbed $740,061. Pic follows a female student who moves into a dorm room whose last tenant mysteriously disappeared.

Also receiving support is “The Exchange,” from Israeli filmmaker Eran Kolirin (“The Band’s Visit”) and Berlin-based Pola Pandora Prods., about a jaded academic trying to break free from his tedious life. The film picked up $295,997.

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