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12 films share German funding

'Sturm' receives $800,000 in financial support

COLOGNE — Hans-Christian Schmid (“Requiem”) is prepping “Sturm” (Storm), a political drama about a Croatian woman who struggles to bring a former war criminal before the International Court 10 years after the Yugoslavia war.

Pic was penned by Schmid with Bernd Lange, and has received $800,000 in financial support from German film funder FFA, which handed out $3.4 million to 12 projects in its January session.

Some $600,000 went to Lars Buechel’s family fantasy pic “Lippels Traum.”

Helmer Michael Verhoeven son Simon received $370,000 for comedy “Maennerherzen” (Men’s Hearts), which will be produced by “The Lives of Others” shingle Wiedemann & Berg.

The same amount was awarded to Alain Gsponer for “Lila, Lila,” starring Daniel Bruehl.

Amounts of $300,000 each went to Sebastian Niemann (“Hui Buh”) for comedy “Mord ist mein Geschaeft, Liebling” (Murder Is My Trade, Dear), and to Frieder Wittich’s directorial debut, “13 Semester.”

Other pics that received coin were Damir Lukacevic’s “Transfer,” Wolfgang Murnberger’s “Der Knochenmann” (The Bone Man) and four documentaries.