German director-writer's moving from drama to comedy

German helmer Benjamin Heisenberg, whose adrenaline-fueled drama “The Robber” is screening in competition in Berlin, is going for laughs on his next movie, “Wandelsterne” (Wandering Stars), about the misadventures of an odd couple.

Heisenberg has just finished the script and is putting together financing for the pic.

Heisenberg made a splash with his 2005 drama “Sleeper,” which explored post-9/11 paranoia and the abuse and manipulation of fear. He’s also made a name for himself as an artist, sculptor, and one of the founding editors and publishers of film magazine Revolver.

“Wandelsterne” will be a departure from Heisenberg’s more serious previous works.

“It’s very different than what I’ve done before. I’ve been trying to write comedies for a long time but they always turn to tragedies,” he said. “But pain is close to pleasure, so we’ll see what happens now.”

The story revolves around two quirky friends, an older man and a younger man, who have a chaotic and philosophical relationship, and their absurd experiences. Pic will likely shoot in 2011.

“It’s a buddy movie with a certain amount of melancholy to it, but it’s going to be very funny,” Heisenberg said.

Also focusing on a quirky character, “The Robber,” Heisenberg’s Golden Bear contender, follows an adrenaline junkie who runs marathons and robs banks to get his endorphin fix.

“This is what I really loved about it,” says Heisenberg. “Bank robbers that don’t use cars or big machines, but they just go in, take the money and run. I love that as a theme, the aspect of running, moving by yourself, by your own strength, through nature, or wherever you go.”

Produced by Vienna-based Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion and Munich’s Peter Heilrath Filmproduktion, “The Robber” unspools Monday.

Films Distribution in Paris is handling worldwide sales.

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