Euro film fund doles out $4 mil

$800,000 goes to Amelio-helmed thriller 'Stella'

COLOGNE — European film funding body Eurimages handed out E3.2 million ($4.1 million) to 12 international co-productions at its latest session, held in Skopje, Macedonia.

The largest amount, $800,000, went to Italian helmer Gianni Amelio’s sabotage thriller “La stella che non c’e,” which will be largely shot in China.

Some $516,000 and $645,000, respectively, went to France’s Lionel Bailliu for “Fair Play” and to “Jardins en automne” by Georgia’s Otar Iosselianai (“Lundi Matin”).

Other pics that will receive coin include “Muzika,” Jurai Nvotna’s story about a musician in socialist Slovakia; kidpic “Lapislazuli” by Austrian helmer Wolfgang Murnberger; and “L’etoile du soldat,” the true story of a Russian soldier in Afghan captivity, directed by former French war correspondent Christophe de Ponfilly.

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