'Hotel Lux' checks in for more funding

Nazi Germany comedy stars Michael 'Bully' Herbig

FRANKFURT, Germany -- "Hotel Lux," a screwball comedy set in Nazi era Germany starring local boxoffice champ Michael "Bully" Herbig, has picked up €500,000 ($745,000) in funding from Bavaria film fund, the FFF.

Herbig plays a Berlin cabaret performer circa 1938 whose onstage Hilter parody gets him in trouble with the Nazi authorities. He flees to Russia and the legendary Hotel Lux, but the locals mistake him for Hitler's astrologist. Comedy veteran Leander Haussmann ("Berlin Blues") directs.

The FFF also put up €350,000 ($521,000) towards Mike Barker's TV two-parter "Moby Dick" starring William Hurt as Captain Ahab in a new hunt for the white whale. Herbert Kloiber's Tele Munchen Group is producing for RTL in Germany and Austria's ORF.