Zentropa Launches Hamburg Operation

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'A Conspiracy of Faith' will be Zentropa Hamburg's first co-production.

German producers Henning Kamm and Fabian Gasmia will run the operation, which will co-produce Zentropa's upcoming crime drama 'A Conspiracy of Lies' and Viking saga 'The Long Ships.'

Danish production giant Zentropa has set up a new operation in Hamburg, to be run by German producers Fabian Gasmia and Henning Kamm.

Gasmia and Kamm will also also take over as head of Zentropa Berlin, the company's shingle in the German capital. Current Zentropa Berlin head Maria Kopf is stepping down in January 2016 to head up Hamburg's regional film board.

Like Zentropa's other regional operations – the company also has a long-running relationship with Cologne-based producer Bettina Brokemper – the new Hamburg operation will act as a co-producer on Zentropa films, allowing the Danish company to tap Germany's generous regional film subsidies.

Zentropa Hamburg's first co-production will be A Conspiracy of Faith, the third book in the best-selling Department Q book series from Jussi Adler-Olsen. IFC Films has picked up North American rights to the crime thriller. The first two Department Q films —The Absent One (2014) and The Keeper of Lost Causes (2013) — broke box-office records in Denmark for local-language titles, each grossing more than $10 million in the territory.

Other projects on Zentropa Hamburg's slate include Devil's Lake, Kristian Levring's follow-up to Danish Western The Salvation, a critical and sales hit at last year's Cannes; and The Long Ships, a Viking saga from director Hans Petter Moland that stars Stellan Skarsgard