German directors take on episodic film

'Deutschland 09' to be made by 10 helmers

COLOGNE, Germany -- A who's who of German directing talent, including Tom Tykwer, Fatih Akin, Wolfgang Becker and Hans Weingartner have signed on for "Deutschland 09," an episodic feature film intended as a snapshot of Germany's current social and political climate.

Other directors shooting segments in the film include Sylke Enders, Dominik Graf, Romuald Karmaker, Nicolette Krebitz, Isabelle Stever and Hans Steinbichler.

The project, which on Tuesday received a 500,000 euro ($784,000) boost from state subsidy body Filmstiftung NRW, aims to be a modern update of 1978 omnibus film "Deutschland im Herbst," which involved directors such as Wim Wenders, Volker Schlondorff and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Tykwer will produce, together with Dirk Wilutzky and Berlin-based Piffl Medien, which will release "Deutschland '09" next year.