Eurimages funding bevy of films

Oscar-nommed helmers prepping projects

Two former Foreign Oscar nominees from eastern Europe, Nana Djordjadze and Milcho Manchevski, have lined up projects, supported by European film funding body Eurimages.

Georgian helmer Djordjadze (“A Chef in Love,” 1997) will make family drama “The Rainbow Maker,” with cinematography by “Walk the Line” lenser Phedon Papamichael.

Manchevski (“Before the Rain,” 1994) is preparing “Bones,” about ghosts roaming post-war Macedonia.

“The burden of the war in former Yugoslavia is becoming more and more obvious in the themes we get from that region,” a Eurimages spokeswoman said.

Manchevski’s last feature was Joseph Fiennes-starrer “Dust,” which opened Venice in 2001.

Eurimages also announced a new project by brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, an adaptation of “La masseria delle allodole.”

Antonia Arslan’s novel is an account of the Turkish massacre of Armenians in 1915, an event that is still a bone of contention in Turkish politics.

The body in its March session also funded Carlos Saura’s biopic of the life of Mozart’s librettist, “Lorenzo Da Ponte” (elsewhere titled “Io, Don Giovanni”); Martin Duffy’s Irish sci-fi kids pic “Summer of Flying Saucers”; Micha Wald’s “Voleurs de chevaux”; Dariusz Gajewski’s “Herrn Kuka’s Empfehlungen”; Salvatore Mereu’s “Sonetaula”; and “Dot.Com” by Portugal’s Luis Galvao Teles.

Meanwhile, Germany’s Constantin Film announced a new adaptation of 19th century novel “Effi Briest,” by helmer Hermine Huntgeburth, who recently scored local hits with “The White Massai” and “Bibi Blocksberg.” Theodore Fontane’s novel about a marriage of convenience has been adapted four times, most recently by Rainer Werner Fassbinder in 1974.