Sherezade, Grasic team on group effort
Berlin is getting some love.
Bahrain-based finance and production entity Sherezade Films and producer Marina Grasic, who teamed up to make “New York, I Love You,” are set to make “Love Berlin: How We Met,” a portmanteau feature in the style of the earlier “New York” and “Paris, Je t’aime” pics.
As in the two earlier pics, “Love Berlin” will bring together a number of international helmers and thesps to star in a series of short films inspired by the titular city.
Producers are currently in negotiations with 10 helmers and 20 thesps for the film, which has a budget of $19 million (€15 million).
Lensing is set to start in the fall. There is an outside chance the pic could be completed by next year’s Berlinale.
Sherezade execs and Grasic are in talks with sales and finance entity QED Intl., which is handling sales on “New York, I Love You,” about boarding the project.
Sherezade, which co-financed helmer Oren Moverman’s Berlin competish pic “The Messenger,” is also in the process of putting together a $100 million film fund. The company has received a significant injection of coin from Arab investors at Kuwait Cable Vision and Desert Door Prods. The fund will focus primarily on English-language fare aimed at an international audience.
“The current crisis doesn’t help but we’re in a good position,” said Sherezade exec Steffen Aumuller. “We plan to extend the fund further within the next 12 months. We currently five projects in development.”