Schroeter finds time for 'Tonight'


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BERLIN -- Veteran German helmer Werner Schroeter will direct "For Tonight" (Une nuit de chien), adapted from the novel by Uruguayan author Juan Carlos Onetti, producer Paolo Branco said Sunday.

The $6.5 million film will star Pascal Greggory, Bruno Todeschini, Bulle Ogier, Eric Caravaca, Amira Casar and Jean-Francois Stevenin. The script is by Gilles Taurand ("Time Regained"). The story is set in an imaginary town against the backdrop of civil war and turns around the things people will do to survive.

"Nuit de chien" will shoot for nine weeks in Porto beginning in March. Upstart Gallic distributor Le Pacte will release the film in France, with Branco selling the rest of the world. The picture is a co-production between Branco's Paris-based Alfama Films and his Portugal-based Clap Filmes banner, and Berlin-based Film Gallery 415.

Schroeter won Berlin's Golden Bear for his 1980 drama "Palermo or Wolfsburg." His other credits include "Malina" and "Day of the Idiots."

Branco also recently acquired film rights to Don DeLillo's New York-set novel "Cosmopolis" but has yet to secure a director for what he says will be a $15 million-plus English-language adaptation. The book is about a billionaire asset manager taking an eventful limo ride across Manhattan.

Alfama Films is in postproduction on the drama "Four Nights With Anna" from Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, who won the Golden Bear here in 1967 for "Le Depart." The company also has just completed "Soit je meurs, soit je vais mieux" (Either I Die, or I Get Better) by French director Laurence Ferreira Barbosa, a drama about teenagers starring Florence Thomassin.