'UFO' skedded to shoot late 2010

BERLIN — Fatih Akin’s Hamburg-based Corazon Intl. is teaming with Paris’ Les Petites Lumieres to produce “UFO in Her Eyes,” the next film from China’s Xiaolu Guo.

Also a prolific novelist, London-located Guo won the 2009 Locarno Festival Golden Leopard for “She, a Chinese.”

Corazon will put up 80% of “UFO” financing. The contempo China drama is skedded to roll late 2010 in China, where Guo has been location scouting, Corazon co-head Klaus Maeck told Daily Variety. It will shoot entirely in China, he added. Maeck produces for Corazon.

Based on, but expanding, Guo’s novel of the same title, “UFO” turns on an anonymous Chinese village woman who sees a UFO. The sighting revolutionizes her village, which uses it to boost tourism, and her life as well. Promoted by the Communist Party, she is forced to abandon her life for a bright new future.

Guo cites Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” and Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon” as influences. Films is told from several POVs, including that of a government agent investigating the event, Maeck said.

“UFO” deals with anonymous individuals confronted by a rapid political and social change in contempo China, Guo has said.

“UFO” pulled down Euros150,000 ($203,100) from the Franco-German Co-Production Fund. Filmfoerderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (FFHSH), the Hamburg regional film fund, has also put up $203,100.

“UFO” has been pre-bought by German regional state TV NDR and Euro pubcaster Arte. It received seed coin from the Rotterdam Festival Hubert Bals Fund.

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