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FFA at 50: Global Biz Gets Boost From German Film Fund

Marvel Movies and Chilean film Among German Fund’s Beneficiaries

While the Federal Film Board may be the premier funder for the German film industry, it also boasts a strong track record with international co-productions.

The FFA has backed such high-profile Hollywood productions as Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” and Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” via the government’s German Federal Film Fund, which it manages. It has also directly supported smaller international films, including Sebastian Lelio’s Chilean-German co-production “A Fantastic Woman,” which won the Oscar for foreign-language film earlier this year after taking the Berlinale’s Silver Bear for screenplay in 2017.

In 2018, the FFA is funding such international co-productions as Palestinian director Elia Suleiman’s “It Must Be Heaven” and Israeli helmer Yuval Adler’s “The Operative” as well as “Honey in the Head,” Til Schweiger’s English-language remake of his 2014 German box office hit, with Nick Nolte and Matt Dillon set to star.

Last year, the FFA backed 47 films, including 21 international co-productions, with €18 million ($22 million), among them Sebastian Schipper’s upcoming “Roads,” about a young man from the Congo (Stephane Bak) who befriends a British runaway (Fionn Whitehead), and Christian Schwochow’s “Deutschstunde,” an adaptation of Siegfried Lenz’s 1968 postwar novel “The German Lesson.” It also supported 22 additional projects through co-production agreements with French, Italian and Polish counterparts.

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