Fund gives to Tarantino’s ‘Basterds’

Film has already received more than $1 million

Quentin Tarantino and his “Inglourious Basterds” have secured €6.8 million ($8.7 million) in funding from the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF).

Pic has already received more than $1 million in support from regional subsidies Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and MDM.

The World War II actioner took the biggest allotment so far this year from the €60 million fund, which recently approved a total €8.4 million ($10.7 million) for six productions.

“Inglourious Basterds,” which stars Brad Pitt and a slew of local thesps, including Christian Berkel (“Valkyrie”), Daniel Bruehl (“John Rabe”), August Diehl (“Buddenbrooks”) and Til Schweiger (“Keinohrhasen”), follows an unsavory group of U.S. soldiers who are out to hunt down Nazis in occupied France.

The Tarantino film is the latest in a growing number of international films financed by Teutonic coin and production partners.

Pic shot in the German capital and around the country as well as in France. Studio Babelsberg, which also partnered on Berlinale screeners “The International” and “The Reader” as well as “Valkyrie,” is co-producing.

Speaking at the Berinale’s opening night ceremony on Thursday, German culture minister Bernd Neumann said the increasing number of international co-productions here clearly illustrated that “Germany’s film industry is on a very successful path.”

The amount of international German co-productions nearly doubled from 2005 to 2008, he added.

Other pics granted DFFF coin include “Liebe Mauer,” Peter Timm’s love story set against the fall of the Berlin Wall; “House of Boys,” Jean-Claude Schlim’s debut feature about a young Luxembourgian in 1980s Amsterdam dealing with the AIDS crisis; Dietrich Brueggemann’s “Renn, wenn Du kannst,” in which a physically disabled man and his social worker fall for the same woman; Tomasz Thomson’s “Freed Pigs,” about a luckless assassin whose planned hit in the Carpathian Mountains goes awry; and Michael Glawogger’s “Whore’s Glory,” a doc following the lives of various prostitutes around the globe.

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