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FFA gets ‘Genghis’ going

Pic backed by German shingle X-Filme Creative Pool

COLOGNE — German film body FFA has awarded e249,000 ($300,000) to Sergei Bodrov’s “Mongol — The Early Years of Genghis Khan” in its latest round of production funding.

Pic, which was acquired for North American distribution by Picturehouse last month, is produced by Philip Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) and backed by German shingle X-Filme Creative Pool (“Goodbye, Lenin!”)

FFA allocated $4.2 million to 11 projects, including Joachim Masannek’s “Die Wilden Kerle,” about a rowdy little league soccer team, and Ute Wieland’s comedy about a women’s team, “FC Venus.”

British-born actor-writer David Hudson, who has been living in Germany for 10 years, received $600,000 for his debut “Dragnet,” a drama about a trawler smuggling immigrants to the U.K. Achim Bornhak received the same amount for “Eight Miles High,” a biopic about the life and times of 1970s model icon Uschi Obermeier.

Dresden-based shingle Filmkombinat Nordost, the makers of 2003 surprise success “Schultze Gets the Blues,” received $360,000 for social satire “Schroeder’s Wunderbare Welt.”

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