August teams with Scherfig for 'Heaven'

Germany's Amusement Park producing

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CANNES -- Academy Award and two-time Palme d'Or winner Bille August is teaming with fellow Dane Lone Scherfig for his new film "Heaven on Earth," which will be produced by German shingle Amusement Park Films and Danish firms Zentropa and Arthaus.

Scherfig will pen the screenplay to the '60s-set cross-border love story between a young Danish man and an East German woman. The budding romance gets complicated when the Stasi begin to monitor the pair and the woman makes plans to flee the country.

"Heaven on Earth" will be August's first foreign-language film since "A Song for Martin" in 2001. Shooting is set to start in 2010 in Germany and Denmark. TrustNordisk is handling international sales.

The film is the second big title for Hamburg-based Amusement Park, which has also teamed up with Glasgow-based production banner Sigma Film and Zentropa on the Ewan McGregor starrer "The Last Word," directed by David Mackenzie. Set up by German producer Malte Grunert after leaving Studio Hamburg International Pictures last year, Amusement Park is carving out a niche in the low-budget, high-end art house market.

Also on Amusement Park's slate is the German title "All Inclusive," a crime comedy from director Florian Baxmeyer ("The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island"). Johannes W. Betz ("The White Massai") is writing the screenplay about a group of unemployed Germans who get an all-expenses-paid vacation to the Dominican Republic only to find out they are expected to act as drug couriers for a crime syndicate.