Tykwer, Wenders receive Berlin backing

Tykwer working with Wachowski brothers on "Cloud Atlas"

BERLIN -- Tom Tykwer's new Berlin-based tragicomedy "Drei" (Three) and Wim Wenders' 3D dance film "Pina," on the late choreographer Pina Bausch, are among the projects benefiting from the latest round of funding from regional subsidy body the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

Tykwer received just over $1 million towards "Drei," described as the story of a love triangle with a societal and philosophical dimension. His Berlin-based shingle X Filme Creative Pool will produce. "Drei" marks the first time since "The Princess and the Warrior" (2000) that Tywker will direct one of his own scripts.

Tykwer has been busy of late. Coming off "The International" and the omnibus project "Germany 09," which he initiated and produced, Tykwer is in the midst of developing two new English-language projects: an adaptation of David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas," which the German director is preparing together with Andy and Larry Wachowski. and "What Is The What," a mini-series based on Dave Eggers' true-life refugee drama "What Is The What."

Wenders picked up $295,000 towards "Pina." The 3D film was briefly put on hold after Pina Bausch's sudden death earlier this year. But Wenders is pushing ahead, cooperating with Bausch's Wuppertal dance company on the project about the life and work of one of Europe's most influential choreographers.