NRW backs Zentropa production 'Sponsoring'

From Malgoska Szumowska starring Juliette Binoche

COLOGNE, Germany -- The NRW Film Board will back "Sponsoring," the new film starring Juliette Binoche from Polish director Malgoska Szumowska ("33 Scenes from Life") with €500,000 ($700,000) in production financing.

Binoche plays a Parisian journalist investigating prostitution among female students. Anais Demoustier, nominated for a Cesar last year as most promising actress for her role in Anne Novion's "Grown Up," co-stars as Charlotte, a French student who sees selling herself for sex as the only way to escape her social condition.

Produced by Zentropa's Polish and Cologne-based production outfits together with France's Slot Machine -- a co-producer on Zentropa's "Antichrist" -- "Sponsoring" will shoot in France and Poland, with a 10-day shoot planned in NRW in Spring to qualify for the funding.