German Film Rewritten After Sudden Death of Lead Actress

The 26-year-old Maria Kwiatkowsky died during the shooting of drama “Die Erfindung der Liebe” last year.

COLOGNE, Germany -- Director Lola Randl has rewritten her drama Die Erfindung Der Liebe (The Invention of Love) and has begun shooting again, a year after the project was stopped following the sudden death of lead actress Maria Kwiatkowsky.

The 26-year-old Kwiatkowsky was found dead in her Berlin apartment in July 2011, shortly after she had begun work on the film. No official cause of death was revealed, though there was media speculation she died of a drug overdose.

Kwiatkowsky was a rising star on the German cinema scene. She won the best actress prize at the Locarno Film Festival for her acting debut En garde (2004) and had a small role in Olivier Assayas' Golden Globe-winning Carlos.

Cologne-based production company COIN Film immediately stopped work on Die Erfindung der Liebe following Kwiatkowsky's death, and the future of the project was in doubt. But director Randl has rewritten the movie incorporating the scenes Kwiatkowsky had already shot. The plot centers on a film shoot and the uncertain boundary between fiction and reality.

The other members of the original cast, including Bastian Trost and Mario Adorf, have rejoined the production, along with newcomers Mira Partecke and Marie Rosa Tietjen, whose characters were added during Randl’s rewrite.

Herbert Schwering and Christine Kiauk of COIN Film are producing together with Pol Cruchten and Jeanne Geiben of Luxemburg-based Red Lion.

The film is set to shoot through the end of July in Cologne and Luxembourg. Distributor NFP will release Die Erfindung der Liebe in Germany next year.