SOUTH TYROL/Rewarding local productions

14 projects obtained funding from the South Tyrol’s IDM Film Fund & Commission in the first call of 2018.

€ 400,000 went to “Honey in the head” (working title), a comedy drama from Germany’s Til Schweiger, the probable stars of which should include Matt Dillon and Nick Nolte, and whose production partners feature Berlin’s Barefoot Films together with Warner Bros. Entertainment.
The story is dramatized by the British writer and journalist Jojo Moyes together with the director and Hilly Martinek (who previously worked alongside Schweiger on “Honig mi Kopf” of which this project is also the remake). The locations include Appiano, the Franciscan Convent in Bolzano, the Castello Prösels allo Sciliar and the Refuge Antonio Locatelli in Dobbiaco.
Filmvergnügen in Val di Vizze, along with Munich’s blue eyes Fiction & Co, Vienna’s Dor Film and Berlin’s Story House Productions – plus Walt Disney Germany and ARRI Media International, make up the production framework of the family directed by Sven Unterwaldt with the working title of “Sprite Sisters”, for which the IDM has made official its support of € 500,000.

The fifth season of “Un passo dal cielo” for which Lux Vide has received support from the IDM amounting to € 850,000 returns to South Tyrol on Lake Braies, San Candido, Dobbiaco, Villabassa, Prato Piazza and Brunico.

Four projects from production houses in South Tyrol all based in Bolzano are receiving support during the production phase: “Cielo nero” (working title) by Francesco Dal Bosco is a historic drama (probably starring Pier Giorgio Bellocchio) about the true story of Hildegard Beetz, who died in her nineties in 2010 and was entrusted by the Nazis with stealing the diaries of Galeazzo Ciano.
It is produced by Albolina Film of Bolzano with FilmWork in Trento.
The set in South Tyrol will almost certainly be reconstructed in and around Lana, using the indoor areas of the former Torggler warehouse.
The support of the IDM Film Fund & Commission amounts to € 350,000.

“Die große Zinne” (working title) is the new documentary by Reinhold Messner set in Alta Val Pusteria, Sesto, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Val Fiscalina and tells the story of the birth of sportive Alp climbing by following the pioneers of 1869. Produced by Mediaart Production with Messner Mountain Movie, it is backed by € 110,000 from the IDM.
Continuing the mountaineering theme is “The Red House – La casa rossa” (working title) by Francesco Catarinolo and Peter Bardehle produced by Turin’s Tekla in co-production with the German Vidicom Media and supported during the pre-production phase by the IDM to the tune of € 18,000.
This is the story of the mountaineer from Alto Adige Robert Peroni who, in 1985, traveled all the way to Greenland to contact the indigenous Inuit population.
Alcohol is the topic of “Zaubertrank“ (working title), a documentary made by the director and scriptwriter from South Tyrol Andreas Pichler and produced by Miramonte Film in co-production with Berlin’s Eikon Media which has received support amounting to € 90,000 from the Alto Adige’s Film Fund & Commission.
Miramonte Film is also working on another documentary, “Young Power” (working title), the pre-production of which has received € 23,000 of funding from the IDM.
It is directed by Marzia Mete, who is managing this project with Andreas Pichler.

Another South Tyrol production is the documentary “Becoming me” (working title), presented by helios sustainable films of Bolzano, directed by Martine De Biasi.
The locations used for lming in Alto Adige in South Tyrol will probably be S. Michele Appiano, Monticolo and environs. The IDM provided € 80,000 to support the production.
The production by Munich’s Evolution Film in co-production with the Swiss Cinédokké (RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera is also a funding and distribution partner) received support of € 70,000 from the IDM for “Las hermanas de rocinante I Rosinantes Schwestern” (working title), a documentary written and directed by Alexandra Kaufmann, the writer who previously participated in one of the editions of RACCONTI, the IDM’s Script Lab for the development of screenplays.
Also originating from RACCONTI is the romantic comedy set in South Tyrol and Berlin developed by Roberto Gagnor with the working title “Comic book souls”, produced by Letterbox Filmproduktion of Hamburg which received support of € 30,000 from the IDM during pre-production.

€ 30,000 also went to the pre-production of “The Opposite of White”, written and directed by Natja Brunckhorst and produced by Berlin’s zischlermann filmproduktion.
Bolzano’s Giafatto Entertainment received funding of € 24,700 for the development of its first project “The dream of the shepherd” (working title), dramatized and directed by the young Israeli director Ofir Raul Graizer.

Nika Saravanja’s documentary “Nafsi Africa” (working title), produced by Playtime Films in Brussels received support for the pre-production amounting to € 16,000.

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