Shorts compilation brings stars, helmers together

The German capital will soon be getting its own cinematic ode with “Love Berlin — How We Met,” a planned compilation of short films revolving around romance in Germany’s biggest city.

Producers Steffen Aumueller and Claus Clausen of Munich-based The Very Useful Company — who also produced last year’s Silver Bear-winning and Oscar-nominated “The Messenger” — are quick to stress that their pic is not related to the “Cities of Love” series launched by French producer Emmanuel Benbihy, although Aumueller and Clausen did serve as exec producers on last year’s “New York, I Love You,” as did Jan Koerbelin’s Los Angeles-based Visitor Pictures, which is also on board “Love Berlin.” Berlin-based DCM Mitte Productions and Studio Babelsberg also are partnering on the pic.

“Our film is just about Berlin, about love and romance, and has nothing to do with Benbihy’s films,” Aumueller said. “We’re doing our own thing here.”

Aumueller said directors will be given general themes to follow, including historical settings such as the Holocaust and the fall of the Berlin Wall, but will have freedom to develop their own stories.

“No other city in Europe has Berlin’s history, and that is an aspect that we want to highlight.”

Benbihy’s series began with 2006′s “Paris, je t’aime” and includes the upcoming and planned projects “Shanghai, I Love You,” “Jerusalem, I Love You” and “Rio, Eu Te Amo.” Like those works, “Love Berlin” will bring together 10 top German and international directors and 20 stars for a collection of shorts on love, Berlin-style.

Production on the short films is set to begin this summer, although directors and cast have yet to be announced.

Munich-based Telepool is handling international sales.

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