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

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– Supported projects include new features from Emily Atef, Nikolaj Arcel and Joshua Oppenheimer

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

During its recent deliberations, the MDM commission (Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung GmbH) decided to award around 2.7 million euros to a selection of feature films and documentaries. Among the biggest projects is the drama One day we will tell each other everything through Emilie Atef. After his internationally acclaimed biopic 3 days in Quiberon [+see also:
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, about Romy Schneider, the Franco-Iranian director presents an adaptation of the German author’s bestselling novel Daniela Krien. It’s a coming-of-age story set in the 1990s, amid the final 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 Rohfilm Factory production and will receive €700,000 from the MDM.

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Another €350,000 will go to historical drama The King’s Land by the Danish director Nikolaj Arcel (A royal affair [+see also:
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). Work with Anders Thomas Jensen (horsemen of justice [+see also:
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, Men & Chicken [+see also:
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), he wrote the screenplay for the story set in the 17and century. The protagonist is a German soldier who is 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.

On the heels 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 presents today his first fiction feature film: The end. Match Factory Productions is responsible for producing this post-apocalyptic story about a wealthy family living in a salt mine transformed into a luxurious home. The land around them was apparently destroyed, but their son never saw the outside world. As a young girl appears at the entrance to the bunker, the balance of the family is threatened. The three main roles will be held by Stephane Graham (Virtues), George MacKay and Tilda Swinton (Memory [+see also:
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, Memory [+see also:
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, The memory: part two [+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 Dview of the Oworld”) by the Polish director Olga Chajdas (Eroticism 2022 [+see also:
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) will be supported up to €400,000. The series offers a multi-perspective view of World War II and the post-war era using a mix of found footage and fictional footage. The storyline centers around six characters from different countries, such as a German rocket scientist, the Soviet Prime Minister, and an American nuclear physicist who is working on the development of the atomic bomb. The production company behind the series is LOOKSfilm, which had previously produced two other historical wartime series – namely, 14: Tagebücher des Ersten Weltkriegs and 18: Krieg der Träume.

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

In addition to supporting production costs, the MDM has also provided money for projects that are still in the development stage. This was the case for the drama Louis by the German-Italian 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 Souch Munreason“) through Johannes Dreibach, psychodrama Mein Schatz (bed. “My DArling ») through Kristin Franke and the drama Unserhaus (bed. “Our Huse“) through Guido Schwab; all three were supported with €30,000 each. In addition, the MDM granted €22,000 for the German distribution of Ballad of a white cow [+see also:
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through Maryam Moghaddam and Bethash 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 is dedicated to new media related projects, namely virtual experience productions Maus VR through Nicolas Bourniquel and The interview through Thom Vander Beken, Games Lokis Gefängnis (bed. “by Loki Pjail“) through Ivonne Vaziri-Elahi and patoo through Jana Reinhardt, as well as the application My name Is... through Eliza Plocieniak-Alvarez and Franziska Weser.

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