×

German coin going ‘International’

Tykwer's features nabs cash from DFFF

BERLIN — Tom Tykwer’s “The International” has become the latest overseas production to secure financing from the $80 million-a-year German Federal Film Fund (DFFF).

The Sony Pictures political thriller, which stars Clive Owen and Naomi Watts, is receiving €4 million ($5.4 million) toward its budget.

Babelsberg Film is co-producing along with the Mosaic Media Group.

Pic, about an Interpol agent investigating corruption at powerful banking institutions, is set to start lensing in the German capital next month.

The DFFF also announced Friday that it is putting up $3.64 million for Uli Edel’s 1970s West German terrorist drama “The Baader-Meinhof Complex” as well as $1 million for “The Wave,” Dennis Gansel’s tale of modern-day fascism. Latter feature is a German-language adaptation of the 1981 ABC Afterschool Special movie about a high school history-class experiment gone awry.

Austrian helmer Stefan Ruzowitzky’s “Hexe Lilli” (Lilly the Witch), a live-action/animated pic based on the popular children’s books from German scribe Knister, is receiving $1.7 million from the fund.

Bryan Singer’s WWII drama “Valkyrie,” starring Tom Cruise, and the Wachowski brothers’ “Speed Racer” have also received coin from the fund, which has helped to dramatically bolster the German film industry and attract major international productions to the country.

Introduced this year to help the local industry after the government cracked down on the now-defunct private tax-shelter film funds, the DFFF grants productions shooting in Germany a 20% refund on local spend.

The German Federal Film Board, which administers the DFFF, announced 15 new projects that would receive DFFF coin. The fund has so far granted $57.5 million to 62 domestic and international productions and has $20 million lined up for a further 19 films.

One likely candidate to receive funding is Stephen Daldry’s postwar drama “The Reader,” starring Nicole Kidman, which is expected to start shooting in Berlin next month.

More Film

  • Oscar Nominations Reactions Phyllis Nagy

    Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy Runs for Writers Guild Presidency, Citing Agency Stalemate

    Oscar-nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy is challenging Writers Guild of America West’s incumbent president David Goodman, citing his handling of the bitter stalemate between the WGA and Hollywood agents. Nagy announced her candidacy online Monday night, a day before the deadline for filing. She made the announcement  in a private online group as part of Writers for [...]

  • Klaudia-Reynicke

    Locarno: Summertime Picks Up ‘Love Me Tender’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    Rome-based Summertime Intl. has acquired international sales rights to Klaudia Reynicke’s “Love Me Tender.” The second feature from Peru-born and Switzerland-based filmmaker will receive its world premiere at the Locarno Festival in its Filmmakers of the Present competition, which focuses on first and second features. Summertime Intl. is the world sales agent, excluding and Lichtenstein [...]

  • Elsie Fisher and Bo Burnham2019 Writers

    Writers Guild Announces 2020 Awards Show Date

    The 72nd Annual Writers Guild Awards will take place in coinciding ceremonies in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton and the Edison Ballroom in New York on Feb. 1, the Writers Guild of America announced. The WGA will begin voting in November and will reveal this year’s TV nominees Dec. 5 and film Jan. 6. [...]

  • Tarantino Movies Ranked Illustration

    All of Quentin Tarantino's Movies Ranked

    In the history of cinema, has any director done more to elevate the idea of movies as cool than Quentin Tarantino? Certainly, the idea that films could be made by fans dates back at least to the French New Wave, when a group of die-hard critics stepped behind the camera. A few years later, Spielberg, [...]

  • A Stranger on the Beach

    Anonymous Content Wins Film Rights to Michele Campbell's 'A Stranger on the Beach' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Anonymous Content has won the adaptive rights to the forthcoming Michele Campbell novel “A Stranger on the Beach.” In a competitive situation, Anonymous outbid multiple players for the thriller, which it will adapt for the big screen with in-house producers Alex Goldstone and Rosalie Swedlin. “Stranger” has been likened to sensual thrillers like “Fatal Attraction” [...]

  • Ridley Scott Matt Damon Ben Affleck

    Ridley Scott, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Nicole Holofcener Team on 'The Last Duel'

    Ridley Scott looks to have his next directing job, as he has signed on to direct “The Last Duel” with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck attached to star. Damon and Affleck co-wrote the script with Oscar-nominated Nicole Holofcener. Scott, Damon and Affleck all producing along with Scott’s producing partner Kevin Walsh. Drew Vinton is also [...]

  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas Ed Asner Elliott

    Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Ed Asner, Elliott Gould Seek SAG-AFTRA Board Seats

    Ed Asner, Elliott Gould and Jonathan Taylor Thomas are seeking SAG-AFTRA national board seats as members of presidential candidate Matthew Modine’s progressive Membership First slate. Asner is the former president of the Screen Actors Guild, serving two terms from 1981 to 1985, and winning five Emmys for his role as Lou Grant and two others [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content