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Tom Tykwer’s return to filmmaking is ‘The Light’, a contemporary German drama.

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Tom Tykwer

The Light, Tom Tykwer’s first film for the cinema since his 2016 German-US comedy A Hologram For The King is one of 10 feature film projects allocated almost EUR6m in production support by the Dusseldorf-based regional fund Film-und Medienstiftung NRW.

Tykwer’s original screenplay for The Light (Das Licht) centres on a troubled family who take on a Syrian immigrant as a housekeeper. When she successfully shakes up the lives of the family she then confronts them with the dark fate of her own.

German-born Tala Al Deen will star with Lars Eidinger and Nicolette Krebitz) Al Deen is also a singer and musician in the feminist pop band Frau Sammer and a member of the queer feminist theatre collective Deine Mudda.

The Light is being produced by X Filme Creative Pool, the company Tykwer runs with Wolfgang Becker, Dani Levy and Stefan Arndt. It has received EUR900,000 funding and will shoot parts of the film at locations in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Since 2017, Tykwer has been busy directing four series of Babylon Berlin with fellow directors Achim von Borries and Henk Handloegteierect.

European collaborations

Four Germany-UK co-productions have also received funding from Film-und Medienstiftung NRW.

The single biggest award of EUR1m was granted to Fleur Fortune’s debut feature The Assessment, set to star Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Olsen. The biggest award of EUR1m was given to Fleur Fortune’s debut feature

The Assessment, which stars Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Olsen. It is an adaptation of Lillian Faderman’s novel Scotch Verdict by Heldmann and the lead actress Flora Nicholson. It tells the story of an 1810 scandal in which a Scottish student accused her two female teachers of having a love affair. The film is produced by Cologne’s Heimatfilm in collaboration with Dschoint Ventschr from Switzerland and City Edge Films from the UK. Charlie Murphy co-stars. Tina Gharavi, who is based in the UK, has received EUR600,000. The film is a unromantic comedy. The co-production is a collaboration between Cologne’s Glisk – A Federation Studio Company, UK’s Asterisk Films, Piccadilly Pictures and Ireland’s Blinde rFilms. Haley Bennett, Elyas M’Barek, Timothy Spall and Jennifer Saunders are attached to star.Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Harvest

, adapted with Joslyn Barnes from the novel by Jim Crace, has received EUR350,000. The neo-Western set in a Scottish village at the beginning of the 19th century will be produced by Match Factory Productions with the UK’s Sixteen Films, France’s Why Not Productions and the US’ Louverture Films.Other features to receive funding include David Dietl’s adaptation of the Danish film Long Story Short

as Freunde (working title), RP Kahl’s adaptation of the Peter Weiss play

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