NRW spreads wealth

International co-production included by funds

Co-productions involving France, Switzerland, Ireland and the U.K. have been included in the latest allocation round of German film funding body Filmstiftung NRW.

The org supported Irish director Stephen Burke for his comedy about couples married for wrong reasons, “Happy Ever Afters.” Production partners are Ireland’s Newgrange Pictures, the U.K.’s Matador Pictures and Germany’s Tatfilm.

Two German-French productions were funded by Filmstiftung in September: Joel Farges’ “Children of the Sea,” a social drama about exploitation of children in the fishing industry; and Najwa Naijar’s Palestinian women’s drama “Pomegranate and Myrrh.”

With Swiss shingle Dschoint Ventschr, Germany’s Unafilm is preparing “Satte farben vor schwarz,” about suicidal spouses featuring Bruno Ganz and Ingrid Caven. Pic is the debut feature film by Sophie Heldmann. Filmstiftung slated coin to three other first time directors for distribution of finished projects: Maria Schrader’s “Liebesleben,” Steve Hudson’s illegal immigrant drama “True North,” and Jan Bonny’s “Gegenueber,” which premiered in Cannes this year.

The org in total distributed $3.7 million in September. The largest single amount, $1.3 million, was given to Armin Maiwald’s kids pic “Robbie, Tobbie und to Fliewatuut,” a real life cinematic version of a TV puppet series from the 1970s.

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