He joins forces with Malte Grunert and Klaus Dohle as a producer with the aim of finding, developing and producing material across both film and television, and with a focus on English-language product.
Bruhl and Grunert, who previously worked together on Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man,” are both attending the Toronto Film Festival this week with their own projects. Bruhl will be in town to support “Colonia,” Florian Gallenberger’s thriller set in 1973 in Chile, in which he co-stars with Emma Watson. It receives its world premiere on Sept. 13. Grunert will be attending with director Martin Zandvliet for “Land of Mine,” a Danish/German co-production set in the immediate aftermath of World War II. The film opens the new Platform section on Sept. 10.
Grunert commented: “I always knew Daniel as a great actor, but as we got to know each other following the filming of ‘A Most Wanted Man,’ we felt we shared the same taste and passion for working with talented filmmakers, at home in Germany as well as internationally. I think our networks of partners complement each other very well, as do our past experiences and approaches to the industry. Our chief aim is to grow the company by increasing the number of projects on our slate, with Daniel also actively working in a producer’s role, not necessarily only on projects he feels are interesting from an actor’s point of view.”
Bruhl added: “For a few years now I have had the wish to involve myself in the creative and commercial process of filmmaking beyond my usual role as an actor. It was always clear that I wanted to do this in a partnership with people that shared the same taste and values. Being based in Berlin but working mostly internationally it took a while, but I am convinced I have now found the perfect partnership, both structurally as well as creatively.”
While Grunert will continue to handle the day-to-day running of Amusement Park and remains the managing director, Bruhl will join him and Dohle as an equal partner.
Grunert has produced 11 feature films, including “A Most Wanted Man,” and “Perfect Sense,” directed by David Mackenzie, starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green.
Dohle has worked under his banner Erfttal Film as an active producer and investor in the German industry for several years. With his partnership in Amusement Park he is broadening his approach toward more international projects.