New German-Dutch outfit bows with family pic

LONDON — German-Dutch production company Hamster Film has set family film “Sputnik” as its first project.

A joint venture between Germany’s Filmhouse Germany AG and the Netherlands’ Lemming Film, Hamster Film will develop and produce children’s and family entertainment, culturally rooted in Germany. The company was founded by Lemming’s Leontine Petit, Joost de Vries and Filmhouse’s Dorothe Beinemeier in May 2011.

“Sputnik” (working title) marks the feature debut of helmer and scripter Markus Dietrich and is set against the background of German reunification in 1989. It tells the story of a young girl and her friends who build a teleportation device to beam her beloved uncle back to the German Democratic Republic, but accidentally beam all their townspeople into the West instead.

The film will star Yvonne Catterfeld, Devid Striesow, Maxim Mehmet and Andreas Schmidt and is currently lensing in Saxony-Anhalt. It is set for release in Germany in fall 2013.

“Sputnik” is a co-production between Hamster Film and Ostlicht Filmproduktion, alongside Belgian production company A Private View and Negative Film Productions from the Czech Republic.

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