Environmental disaster satire helmed by Bernasconi
Zurich-based C-Films is following up its hit Swiss drama “The Foster Boy” and Bille August’s Berlinale screener “Night Train to Lisbon” with “Global Beach,” an environmental disaster satire.The company will continue its collaboration with “Lisbon” co-producer Studio Hamburg Film Prods. on the project, which will be directed by Swiss helmer Fulvio Bernasconi. “Global Beach” centers on a group of people who become trapped in a modern glass house atop a mountain when sea levels suddenly rise around the world and turn the scenic peak into an island. It’s one of several new C-Films productions. The shingle is currently in post with an untitled WWIIdrama about Swiss hero Paul Grueninger, a police captain who saved the lives of thousands of Jews by giving them falsified Swiss visas after the government closed the country’s borders to Jewish refugees in 1938 — an act that ultimately resulted in his suspension from the police force. Alain Gsponer, who helmed Daniel Bruehl starrer “My Words, My Lies, My Love,” directed the biopic, which is in post-production. Pic stars Stefan Kurt (“The Foster Boy”), Ursina Lardi (“The White Ribbon”) and Anatole Taubman (“Quantum of Solace”). Likewise in post is Pierre Monnard’s romantic comedy, “Recycling Lily.” C-Films’ Hamburg-based subsidiary C-Films Deutschland, meanwhile, is partnering with Studio Hamburg on “Simpel,” a coming-of-age story about a 17-year-old who moves into a flat with his mentally disabled older brother. Markus Goller, who had a huge hit with the 2010 German comedy “Friendship,” is directing the adaptation of French author Marie-Aude Murail’s book, published in English as “My Brother Simple.” “Night Train to Lisbon,” which stars Jeremy Irons, Melanie Laurent, Jack Huston and August Diehl, premieres out of competition in Berlin on Wednesday.