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Berlin-Oslo team-up paves way for co-productions

Asch, Vennerod join forces on 'Face,' 'Devil's Courtyard,' 'Bones'

BERLIN

Rene Asch of Berlin-based Films in Motion and Petter Vennerod of Merkur Films in Oslo have teamed up to develop and co-produce a trio of English-language films in Germany and Norway.

The first FIM-Merkur production will be “The Face,” a thriller based on true-life experiences set in Germany during and after WWII.

Penned by American J. Frank James and directed by Markus Imboden (“The Foster Boy”), “The Face” follows an amnesiac whose only clue to his true identity is the concentration camp uniform he’s wearing.

Danish thesp Ulrich Thomsen (“In a Better World”), Christian Friedel (“The White Ribbon) and Thomas Thieme (“The Lives of Others”) are set to star.

The second project is “The Devil’s Courtyard,” a fact-based, modern-day drama set in Norway.

“Bones of the Wise Men,” also from a screenplay by James, will follow. Set on the Eastern Front, the WWII-era tale focuses on twin brothers during the Russian invasion of Germany.

The partnership between Asch, an American based in Berlin, and Vennerod will tap financing from both countries for the projects.

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