Kafka, Kehlmann, Roche books head for screen

A slew of literary adaptations are making their way to German screens, among them films based on Franz Kafka’s “Der Bau” (The Burrow), author Daniel Kehlmann’s “Ruhm” (Fame) and “Feuchtgebiete” (Wetlands), the erotically charged bestseller by TV personality Charlotte Roche.

Jochen Alexander Freydank, who won an Oscar this year for his short film, “Spielzeugland” (Toyland), will direct “The Burrow,” about a being who hides from the world inside a vast labyrinth.

Pic, one of 15 backed by regional subsidy org Filmstiftung NRW, stars Dominique Horwitz, Nicolette Krebitz, Ken Duken and Robert Stadlober. Askania Media, Mephisto Film, ProSaar and SR/Arte are producing with E225,000 ($337,000) in Filmstiftung support.

Also in the works is Isabel Kleefeld’s adaptation of “Fame,” interweaving several stories revolving around the theme of communication. Cologne-based Little Shark Entertainment and Terz Film are producing.

The subsidy org also is backing “Camp 14 – Total Control Zone,” Marc Wies’ documentary about Shin Dong Huyk, who was born and raised in a North Korean gulag, where he saw his mother hanged and his brother shot before escaping to South Korea in his mid 20s.

Produced by Cologne-based Engstfeld Film and regional pubcasters BR and WDR, the doc received more than $260,000 in subsidy coin.

The Filmstiftung also approved nearly $600,000 for Tom Tykwer’s relationship drama “Drei” (Three), which has already nabbed nearly $1.8 million in subsidy coin from regional funder Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the German Federal Film Board.

The Medienboard, meanwhile, is backing Berlin-based Rommel Film’s adaptation of “Wetlands,” one of 23 projects it is supporting.

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