‘Klimt,’ ‘Nancy’ land Teutonic film coin

$1.23 mil goes to Kahn's fantasy drama 'L'Avion'

COLOGNE — German film funding body Filmstiftung NRW will finance two Euro co-productions, “Klimt,” starring John Malkovich, and “Downloading Nancy,” starring William Hurt and Holly Hunter.

Malkovich will appear alongside Veronica Ferres, Laetitia Casta and Otto Sander in the biopic about Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. Raoul Ruiz will direct the co-production headed by German shingle Film-Line.

It will receive E500,000 ($615,000) out of the $8.7 million that Filmstiftung earmarked for 36 projects at its July meeting.

“Downloading Nancy,” about the fatal attraction between a woman and the hit man she hired to kill her, will receive $860,000 from the Teutonic funder. Pic will be directed by Johan Renck, who worked on videos for Kylie Minogue and Madonna. Producers are Munich-based MagicWorx and the U.K.’s Fresh Media and Legacy Prods.

Other pics that will get funding include psychological drama “Cache,” starring Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil, in a French/German/Austrian production helmed by Michael Haneke, which gets $250,0000; and helmer Michael Caton-Jones’ “Shooting Dogs,” starring John Hurt, which was awarded $420,000. Pic’s a production of the BBC, Crossday and Egoli Tossel.

The largest amount of coin, $1.23 million, went to Cedric Kahn’s fantasy drama “L’Avion.”

Meanwhile, FFA and Bavarian state film subsidy FFF Bayern, two of Germany’s larger public film funding bodies, have each lined up more than $4 million for German productions.

The nine bigscreen projects backed by Berlin-based FFA include “Requiem,” by Hans-Christian Schmid.

In a separate allocation, FFA on behalf of the German-French Support Commission distributed $1.3 million for four co-productions, including “L’Avion.”

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