UFA starts with ‘Mein Kampf’

Film focuses on Adolf Hitler as a young man

“Mein Kampf,” an adaptation of George Tabori’s theatrical work, will be the first film from new producer-distrib UFA Cinema.

Helmed by Urs Odermatt, pic focuses on Adolf Hitler as a young man in Vienna. Pic starts shooting in the Austrian capital this week.

Tom Schilling plays Hitler, and Goetz Georg toplines as Schlomo Herzl, who is writing his own book, titled “My Life.”

Unimpressed with the title, Herzl’s roommate suggests “My Struggle” (Mein Kampf), a title that impresses the young Hitler.

Oliver Berben and Thomas Peter Friedl of UFA Cinema are co-producing with Berlin-based Schiwago Film, Hugofilm and Vienna-based Dor Film in cooperation with pubcaster ZDF’s theater outlet ZDFtheaterkanal and fellow pubcasters 3Sat, ARTE, Austria’s ORF and Switzerland’s SRG SSR.

Pic is funded by German, Austrian and Swiss subsidy orgs. UFA Cinema will release the film in Germany next year, with Filmladen Filmverleih handling Austrian rights.

UFA Cinema has some 40 projects in development but has so far only announced “Mein Kampf.” Company is looking to produce up to eight films a year with budgets ranging from $6 million-$24 million.

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