Germany's Kinowelt Filmproduktion rebrands

Rainer Kolmel sets new slate of art house films, docus

BERLIN -- German film vet Rainer Kolmel has rebranded his Kinowelt Filmproduktion production outfit, dubbing the German-language shingle Starhaus Filmproduktion and rolling out a new slate of art house drama and documentary projects.

The name change was necessary after Kolmel and his brother Michael sold the bulk of the Kinowelt group to StudioCanal in January for 70 million euros ($110 million). Kolmel's German production operation wasn't included in the deal. Starhaus, however, retains a first-look deal with Kinowelt's German distribution operation.

Rainer Kolmel will run Starhaus with Wasiliki Bleser.

Among the projects planned under the new label include a documentary on chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer, the drama "Mauer des Schweigens" (Wall of Silence) from Winfried Bonengel and "Feuertanz," a thriller penned by Peter Probst, one of Germany's most successful TV drama writers.