Oscar-winner Caroline Link Returns to Africa for New Film

New project from 'Nowhere in Africa' director to star Ulrich Tukur.

CANNES – Oscar-winning director Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa) is returning to Africa for her new film, an as-yet-untitled drama about a father and his troubled teenager whose long-simmering conflict comes to a head turning a trip to Morocco.

Ulrich Tukur (The Lives of Others) will play the father, a successful German director who travels with his son Ben to Marrakesh, where he is staging a play. He attempts to reconnect with the estranged boy but instead drives him away. Ben seeks solace in the city’s sleazy nightclubs where he meets a feisty prostitute. She takes him to her hometown and helps him gain the courage to stand up to his father. French actress Hafsia Herzi, who appears in Radu Mihaileanu’s Cannes Competition title The Source is in talks to play the prostitute. The part of Ben has not yet been cast.

Link is set to being shooting from her self-penned script in Morocco this winter. The budget is $8.5 million (€6 million).

Link’s new film will see her re-team with her Nowhere in Africa producer Peter Hermann, whose Desert Flower shingle has boarded the project. Hermann is planning the film as a German-French co-production and is in talks with potential French partners.

Bavaria Film International has picked up world sales rights to the film and will be pre-selling it in Cannes.