Toronto: Til Schweiger, Fedor Bondarchuk Team Up for 'Antalyagrad'
The German and Russian stars will play competing fathers in the culture-clash comedy
The political leaders of Germany and Russia may be at loggerheads over the crisis in Ukraine, but the two countries' biggest film stars are joining forces.
German actor-director Til Schweiger and Russian multihyphenate Fedor Bondarchuk, the biggest box-office draws in their respective countries, have signed on to co-star in the culture clash comedy Antalyagrad.
The film's set up has Schweiger as a divorced dad traveling with his son to the Turkish coast, a popular destination with both German and Russian tourists. There he meets Bondarchuk's character, a Russian businessman hoping for a few days' sun and sex with his mistress. When Bondarchuk's wife arrives, Schweiger has to pose as the Russian mistress' lover. When she starts to fall for the German, chaos ensues.
Both Schweiger and Bondarchuk are box-office magnets in their home territories. Bondarchuk's latest, the 3D World War II epic Stalingrad, has grossed close to $70 million, making it the most successful Russian film of all time. Sony is releasing the film stateside.
Schweiger has delivered a series of German-language hits, including romantic comedies Rabbit Without Ears, which earned some $74 million locally, and Kokowaah, which grossed $43 million.
Berlin-based A Company is producing Antalyagrad together with Bondarchuk's Non-Stop Productions. Warner Bros. Germany, which produces and releases Schweiger's German films, has expressed interest in coming on board Antalyagrad as a co-producer.
The project is currently pursuing regional subsidy funding in Europe and hopes to begin shooting next year for a holiday 2015 or early 2016 release.