Doerrie, Schmid back on familiar ground


COLOGNE, Germany -- German romantic comedy specialist Doris Doerrie ("The Fischer and His Wife") and art-house favorite Hans-Christian Schmid ("Requiem") are returning to familiar ground for their next projects.

Doerrie received €300,000 ($384,000) in production subsidies from Berlin's Medienboard on Monday for her upcoming project "Hamani." Monica Bleibtreu, Elmar Wepper and Nadja Uhl star in the feature from Olga Film, which Berlin distributor Majectic has picked up for local release.

Schmid, whose "Requiem" won a Silver Bear in Berlin and four German Film Lolas, received €170,000 ($218,000) in development funding from the Medienboard for a slate of seven projects at his Berlin-based 23/5 shingle. The projects include the drama "2013," which Schmid will direct, and children's film "My Summer With Molomok," from "Love in Thoughts" (2004) helmer Achim von Borries.

Berlin-based Film1 also received a check for €100,000 ($128,000) in development cash toward four new projects, including the next films from Sebastian Schipper ("Ein Freund von Mir") and Zoltan Spirandelli ("Vaya Con Dios").

NFP-Teleart -- whose biopic "Luther," about the life of religious reformer Martin Luther, was a huge local hit -- picked up €100,000 ($128,000) in backing from the Medienboard for their upcoming biography of Noble Peace Prize laureate Albert Schweitzer.