Teutonic film funds dole out $4 mil

'Luther,' 'Poet,' 'Spoon,' 'Ready' among projects

COLOGNE — German film funding bodies FFA and MDM have lined up in excess of $4 million to support production and distribution for local and European projects.

From federal body FFA, Eric Till’s “Luther,” starring Joseph Fiennes, Sir Peter Ustinov and Alfred Molina, was awarded the unusually high figure of $342,000 for theatrical distribution. FFA also slated around $200,000 each for Jurgen-Prochnow-starrer “The Poet,” “Adam & Eva” featuring Marie Baumer (“Angst”), and punk-wave drama “Verschwende Deine Jugend” (“Waste Your Youth”).

Saxony state body MDM awarded $450,000 each for children’s pic “Spoon,” Ufa Film’s TV movie “Die schoensten Jahre” and Flying Moon-produced drama “Gestranded” (“Stranded”). Pirates ani “Ready to Board” bagged $280,000.

Distribution support has also been announced by Filmstiftung NRW, which awarded $110,00 for local and international pics. These include Marco Bechi’s Argentine drama “Junta” as well as Japanese pics “GO” and “Nineteen.”

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