Filmmaker to direct 'Nannerl'

Gallic helmer Rene Feret (“Rue de Retrait”), will direct “Nannerl (Mozart’s Sister),” the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s elder sister, Mara Anna Mozart, known as “Nannerl.”

Produced by Feret’s Paris-based label, Les Films Alyne, “Nannerl’s” screenplay was written by Feret and Tiphaine Pirlot, and is skedded to roll in October.

Based on true events and set between 1763 and 1766 at the court of Louis XV, “Nannerl” is the portrait of a girl who was a gifted composer and violinist, and of her tentative friendship with the young prince who became Louis XVI. She was forced to abandon music by her father.

“Nannerl” is budgeted at €3.5 million ($4.5 million). Feret is aiming to structure the biopic as a France-German co-production, he said at the Berlinale’s Capital Regions for Cinema Co-Production Meeting, which ran Friday and drew 120 production companies.

Beyond “Nannerl,” some other projects currying interest at the meet included an untitled Jean-Paul Rappeneau pic, being moved by film producer-financier Backup Films; the $8 million “Corto Maltese,” a live-action adaptation of the graphic novel with Giovanni Mezzedimi attached to helm; and Angela Shanelec’s “Orly, Poem 1-4,” a four-story omnibus set in the departure hall of Paris’ Orly airport.

Produced by La Vie Est Belle Films Associes, “Orly” already has strong German-French backing.

CRC, a joint venture of the Rome-Lazio, Madrid and Ile de France film commission, as well as the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, will hold a co-production forum at the Cannes Festival on May 19.

CRC network members rep capitals of countries accounting for 60% of film production in Western Europe in 2007.

“All the capitals also have multiple independent distributors, key when accessing the market,” said Olivier- Rene Veillon, exec director of Ile de France Film Commission.

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