Of 385 films at Berlin, 100 made with German coin
Germany has become the country the global film biz can’t live without: More than 100 of the 385 worldwide films at the Berlinale were made with Teutonic participation.Of the 22 films in the main Competition section, 10 are German co-productions. The pics stretch from “Unknown,” Jaume Collet-Serra’s action thriller starring Liam Neeson, to Miranda July’s quirky dramedy “The Future” and Alexander Mindadze’s Russian Chernobyl disaster drama “Innocent Saturday.” “Unlike in the past, we currently have many films that may not be labeled German, but have Germany inside them,” said Berlinale topper Dieter Kosslick. Among the co-producers of Bela Tarr’s competition screener, “The Turin House,” is Berlin-based Zero Fiction Film, which helped secure more than $135,000 from regional funder Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. Medienboard also backed Seyfi Teoman’s Turkish Golden Bear contender “Our Grand Despair” with $135,000. Co-produced by Unafilm Berlin, the adaptation of Baris Bicakci’s novel revolves around two pals whose friendship is tested when a young woman moves into their home. “The participation of eight Medienboard-funded films in competition shows that there is enormous artistic potential collected here,” said Medienboard topper Kirsten Niehuus.” The participation of Pandora Filmproduktion in Cologne made Argentinian Gustavo Taretto’s Panorama screener “Medianeras” possible; the pic received nearly $210,000 from Filmstiftung North Rhine-Westphalia. Paula Markovitch’s “The Prize,” about a family in hiding during Argentina’s military dictatorship of the 1970s, crossed plenty of borders in getting made. Berlin’s Niko Film partnered on the Mexican-French-Polish-German co-production. An increase in joint projects between Germany, Austria and Switzerland is sure to result from a trilateral co-production agreement unveiled by Neumann in Berlin last week. Germany’s regional and federal funders boast a total of $375 million in annual funding for German films and co-productions, while the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund provides an extra $680,000 a year in production and distribution for projects from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central and Southeast Asia.