German titles get regional cash subsidies

MMC, UFA projects get NRW coi

COLOGNE, Germany -- Alex Winter's 3-D remake of 1987 horror classic “The Gate,” spy drama “Foreign Affairs” from French director Jean-Paul Rappeneau and Istvan Szabo's upcoming “The Door” were among the new projects to get a fiscal boost Wednesday from regional subsidy board Filmstiftung NRW.

“The Gate” and “Foreign Affairs,” both of which will be co-produced by Cologne-based MMC Independent, each received $1.2 million in production subsidies. Szabo's “The Door,” a German-Hungarian co-production, picked up $800,000.

Two new projects from new production player UFA Cinema -- children's film “Devil Kickers” and “Pigeons on the Roof” from director Otto Alexander Jahrreis -- received $865,000 and $800,000 respectively.

But the single biggest payout went to “Hindenburg,” a two-part TV miniseries for commercial channel RTL on the famous airship catastrophe, which NRW will back to the tune of $2.4 million.