'International' awarded extra funding


COLOGNE, Germany -- Tom Tykwer's espionage thriller "The International" received an additional funding boost on Wednesday, when Germany's Federal Film Fund approved a further €1.8 million ($2.4 million) in tax credit relief for the Clive Owen/Naomi Watts starrer.

In total the fund will pay out €5.8 million ($7.9 million) to back "The International," a co-production between Columbia Pictures' Rose Line Productions and Studio Babelsberg's Babelsberg Film.

The fund's board argued the funding increase was justified because "two thirds" of the film's production would take place in Germany and "The International" crew includes a wealth of German talent including actors Armin Mueller-Stahl and Axel Milberg, cinematographer Frank Griebe and production designer Uli Hanisch.

"The International" is set to begin production this month in Berlin.