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Akin goes to ‘The Other Side’

Teutonic fund FFA backs Berlin winner with $500,000

COLOGNE – Fatih Akin, winner of the Golden Bear of the Berlin Film Festival in 2004, is prepping his next pic, which again will be a drama that moves back and forth between Germany and Turkey.

“Auf der Anderen Seite des Lebens” (On the Other Side of Life) is the helmer’s first fictional feature since Bear winner “Head-On.” Akin last year released music docu “Crossing the Bridge: the Sound of Istanbul.”

The drama about fateful entanglement of six peoples’ lives will feature Hanna Schygulla and Hilmi Soezer, who mostly appeared in German comedies like “Manitou’s Shoe.” Production of another Akin project announced earlier, “Soul Kitchen,” will be pushed back until the present project’s completion next year, a spokeswoman at Akin’s Hamburg-based shingle Corazon told Daily Variety.

Pic has received $500,000 from film funding body FFA, which in its latest session allocated $5.7 million to 11 projects. The session’s largest single amount, $1 million, went to Marco Kreuzpaintner’s “Krabat,” an adaptation of a novel by author Otfried Preussler. A new adaptation of Preussler’s popular kids book “Rauber Hotzenplotz” has just entered the local B.O. top 10 in Germany.

Some $840,000 each went to kids pics “Rennschwein Rudi Ruessel 2” and “Herr Bello,” historic mountaineering drama “Nordwand,” and comedy “Neues vom Wixxer.” The latter is a followup of “Der Wixxer,” both parodies of the popular 1960s Teutonic “Hexer” thrillers based on books by Edgar Wallace.