17 December 2013 2:47 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New films by Rafi Pitts [pictured], Alexander Sokurov, Benoit Jacquot and Volker Schlöndorff are among 12 projects backed by the German-French “Mini-Traité” Co-production Fund in 2013 with a total of over €3m.

At the fund’s last sitting during the German-French Film Rendez-Vous in Nancy, representatives of Germany’s German Federal Film Board (Ffa) and France’s Cnc decided to award €1.02m to three projects:

British-Iranian director Rafi Pitts’ first Stateside-project Soy Negro, which reunites him with the German co-producer of his last feature The Hunter, Thanassis Karathanos and Ute Ganschow’s Berlin-based Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion, and will be produced with Paris’ Senorita Films.Philippe Harel’s adaptation of the 2010 Michel Houellebecq novel La Carte et Le Territoire, a double murder thriller with Lars Eidinger in the lead role, to be produced by Adora Films with Berlin-based Arden Film. andStephane Robélin’s comedy #FLORA63, with Pierre Richard as a 75-year-old who falls head over heels in love with a »

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