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Studiocanal to co-produce, sell German children's classic

29 April 2016 5:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Little Witch (Die Kleine Hexe) will star German actress Karoline Herfurth and reunite the production team behind local box office hit Heidi.

Studiocanal is to co-produce and handle world sales on the first German live-action film adaptation of Otfried Preussler’s children’s classic The Little Witch (Die Kleine Hexe).

Published in 1957, Preussler’s tale centres on a witch who is a mere one hundred and twenty-seven years old and thus deemed too young to be allowed to dance with the others on the Hill of Witches during Walpurgis Night (30 April).

Before she can prove to the chief witch that she has what it takes to become a good witch, she must hone her magic skills, but she hadn’t reckoned with the mean weather witch Rumpumpel using every means to prevent her reaching her goal.

Studiocanal’s German production arm, Studiocanal Film, will co-produce with Munich-based Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion and Switzerland’s Zodiac Pictures after last »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Variety Presents ‘Ten Europeans to Watch’ at Medienboard Reception in Berlin

17 February 2016 12:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety presented the participants of its “10 Europeans to Watch” program at a reception held by Berlin funding agency Medienboard, which is headed by Kirsten Niehuus and Helge Jürgens. Brad Furman, director of “The Infiltrator,” introduced the up-and-coming directors, actors and actresses at the event, which took place on Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Berlin.

During the event a ceremony was held to mark the box office success of comedy “Suck Me Shakespeer 2,” due to which the production company Constantin repaid the 760,000 Euros ($849,000) of funding that it had received from Medienboard. The cast, including star Elyas M’Barek and Karoline Herfurth, producer Lena Schömann, and Constantin film chief Martin Moszkowicz presented the check to Niehuus.

Among the guests at the party were “Berlin Station” actors Richard Armitage and Richard Jenkins, “Babylon Berlin” showrunner Tom Tykwer, his writer-director team of Achim von Borries and Hendrik Handloegten, “Bridge of Spies” actor Sebastian Koch, »

- Leo Barraclough

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