German MDM grants 2.7 million euros for the production and development of new international film projects

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– Among the projects supported are new features from Emily Atef, Nikolaj Arcel and Joshua Oppenheimer

Director Joshua Oppenheimer, who received € 300,000 for his first feature film, The end

In its recent deliberations, the MDM (Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung GmbH) committee decided to allocate around 2.7 million euros to a selection of feature films and documentaries. Among the biggest projects is drama One day we’ll tell each other everything through Emilie Atef. After his internationally renowned biopic 3 days in Quiberon [+see also:
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, about Romy Schneider, the Franco-Iranian director presents an adaptation of the successful novel by the German author Daniela Krien. It’s a coming-of-age story that takes place in the 1990s, in the middle of the last days of the GDR. The 17-year-old protagonist, Maria, lives on a farm with her boyfriend. One day an older man moves into the neighborhood. Maria and Henner begin a love story that takes a tragic turn. Atef wrote the screenplay with the novelist. The film is a production of Rohfilm Factory and will receive € 700,000 from MDM.

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350,000 € more will go to the historical drama King’s Land by Danish director Nikolaj Arcel (A royal affair [+see also:
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). Work with Anders Thomas Jensen (Riders of justice [+see also:
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, Men and Chicken [+see also:
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), he wrote the script for the story that takes place in the 17e century. The protagonist is a German soldier sent by the Danish king to conquer the plain of Jutland. He must face the forces of nature and ruthless landowners. The film is an adaptation of a novel and is produced by Zentropa Berlin.

In the wake of his two Oscar nominated documentaries The act of killing [+see also:
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and The gaze of silence [+see also:
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, American-British director Joshua Oppenheimer today presents his first feature film: The end. Match Factory Productions is responsible for producing this post-apocalyptic story about a wealthy family living in a salt mine turned into a luxurious home. The land around them has apparently been destroyed, but their son never saw the outside world. When a young girl appears at the entrance to the bunker, the family’s balance is threatened. The three main roles will be played by Stephen graham (Virtues), George MacKay and Tilda swinton (Memory [+see also:
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, Memory [+see also:
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, Remembrance: Part II [+see also:
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). The MDM is supporting the film, which will take the form of a musical, to the tune of € 300,000.

The production of the documentary series Die Spaltung der Welt (bed. “the Dvision of the Wworld”) By the Polish director Olga Chajdas (Erotic 2022 [+see also:
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) will be supported up to € 400,000. The series offers a multi-perspective view of WWII and the postwar years using a mix of found images and fictional footage. The script focuses on six characters from different countries, such as a German rocket scientist, the Soviet Premier, and an American nuclear physicist working on the development of the atomic bomb. The production company behind the series is LOOKSfilm, which has already produced two other historic wartime series – namely, 14: Tagebücher des Ersten Weltkriegs and 18: Krieg der Träume.

As for the last two major projects, the documentary Vom Sichtbaren zum Unsichtbaren – Michael Triegel (alight : “From visible to Iinvisible”) By the German director Paul Smaczny will be supported up to € 110,000. It follows the life and work of the German painter Michel triegel in his attempt to restore the altar in Naumburg Cathedral, painted by Cranach. And finally, the MDM will pay € 250,000 to the biopic Leonora im Morgenlicht (bed. “Leonora in the Madorn Lthe night“) through Thor klein and Lena Vurma, focusing on the painter Leonora carrington, died in 2011.

In addition to supporting production costs, MDM has also given money to projects that are still in the development stage. This was the case for the drama Louis by the Italian-German director Lucie Charla (The game of chairs [+see also:
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), which receives € 50,000, as well as the animated film Jana und der Seelenspiegel (bed. “Jana and the Ssoul Merror“) through Johannes dreibach, the psychodrama Mein Schatz (bed. “My Darling “) through Kristin franke and the drama Unser haus (bed. “Our HHouse“) through Guido Schwab; all three were supported to the tune of € 30,000 each. In addition, the MDM allocated € 22,000 for the German distribution of Ballad of a white cow [+see also:
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through Maryam moghaddam and Behtash Sanaeeha (distributed by Weltkino Filmverleih GmbH), and € 5,000 for that of Coppelia through Jeff tudor, Steven de Beul and Ben Tesseur (distributed by SquareOne Entertainment GmbH).

A total of 280,000 € goes to projects related to new media – namely, virtual experience productions Maus VR through Nicolas bourniquel and The interview through Thom vander beken, Games Lokis Gefängnis (bed. “Loki’s Prisk“) through Ivonne Vaziri-Elahi and Patou through Jana Reinhardt, as well as the application My name Is ... through Eliza Plocieniak-Alvarez and Franziska Weser.

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