ORIGINS: Per Menegoz, "Michael Haneke talked to me about this project five years ago, but we ultimately decided to do 'The White Ribbon' first."FUNDING: "The financing was done as usual with French TV pre-sales, subsidies from the CNC and the same (French, German, Austrian) partners as 'The White Ribbon,' (which) gave us access to European subsidies."HIGH HURDLES: "Convincing Jean-Louis Trintignant to play Georges -- the script had been written for him by Michael Haneke. He stopped making films 16 years...
Arndt has played an instrumental role in redefining German cinema in the modern era. He co-founded X Filme Creative Pool in 1994 with filmmakers Wolfgang Becker, Dani Levy and Tom Tykwer with the aim of forming an independent, creator-controlled company.
Major successes over the years have included Tykwer’s “Run Lola Run,” Becker’s “Good Bye Lenin!” and Levy’s “Go For Zucker.” The company was also quick to expand its operations to work with international partners: it produced Michael Haneke’s Oscar-winning “Amour” as well as the Wachowski siblings and Tykwer’s “Cloud Atlas” and the latter’s “A Hologram for the King,” both of which starred Tom Hanks.
X Filme is currently producing the ambitious historical crime drama series “Babylon Berlin” with Sky Deutschland, ARD and Beta Film. In 2000, Arndt’s wife and business partner, Manuela Stehr, became a company shareholder, joining its management board as well as that of X Verleih, the group’s distribution division, which she currently heads.
Arndt, a devoted cineaste, also founded and operated a number of movie theaters in Germany, including the Sputnik-Kino and the Colosseum Cinemexx in Berlin, the Thalia in Babelsberg and the Zeise-Kino in Hamburg. He is also a founding member of the German Film Academy, serving as its chair from 2003 to 2009.