Subsidy org approves $4.8 million for 13 features

BERLIN — European subsidy org Eurimages has agreed to partially bankroll “Iron Sky,” Timo Vuorensola’s dark sci-fi romp about space-faring Nazis set on conquering Earth.

Pic, produced by Finnish shingle Blind Spot Pictures and Oliver Damian’s Berlin-based 27 Films Prod. and starring Udo Kier, Goetz Otto and Julia Dietze, received E600,000 ($860,930) toward its estimated $7 million budget.

The U.K.’s Stealth Media Group is handling world sales for “Iron Sky.” Pic has already secured distribution deals in Finland (Disney), U.K. (Revolver), Norway (Euforia) and Poland (Kino Swiat).

Eurimages approved more than $4.8 million for 13 features, including Jerzy Skolimowski’s “The Essence of Killing,” which stars Vincent Gallo as a political prisoner who manages a daring escape; and Italian helmer Andrea Molaioli’s “Il Gioiellino.”

Also receiving support were Raimo O. Niemi’s Finnish romantic comedy “The Garbage Prince,” based on the novel by Tuija Lehtinen and adapted by Niemi’s daughter Juuli, about two very different youngsters who complement each other; “Michel Petrucciani — Body and Soul,” a documentary about the French jazz pianist; Philip Groening’s “My Brother Robert”; and “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia,” by Turkish helmer Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

Additional titles include Dutch director Mischa Kamp’s tyke film “Tony Ten”; Belgian-Dutch co-production “Zuurstof,” by Hans Van Nuffel; Gert Embrechts’ “Allez, Eddy!” and Vincent Bal’s “Het zigzagkind” as well as French helmer Martin Provost’s “Mauvaise pente” and Hubert Sauper’s documentary “Entente Cordiale.”

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