As part of the incentive funding program 3×3 initiated by the FFHSH as part of the Corona-support measures, Leitwolf was selected as 1 out of 13 companies from the funding region. The support allows us to develop the script for our new children’s film GREETINGS FROM MARS by writers Thomas Möller and Sebastian Grusnik, based on the children’s book with the same title, as well as launch the development for two new screenplays in the next three years.
In March, our international co-production, the coming of age film MNK BOY by director Mete Gümürhan had already received production support from the FFHSH. The film is a coproduction between Circe Films (NL) and Liman Film (Turkey).
We also received funding from the nordmedia film fund: Our children’s film CALYPSO ALL NIGHT (Die ganze Nacht Calypso) by writer Ulrich Klingenschmitt and director Damian Schipporeit was awarded script funding in the last funding round.
Here are the links to the official press releases by FFHSH and nordmedia (only in German):
On Thursday, March 5th, our award-winning Dutch-German coproduction MESSI AND MAUD (LA HOLANDESA) by Marleen Jonkman will air on arte Germany and France.
The film will air at 23:40h (in Germany) and 23:35h (in France) and will be availbale for streaming online subsequently for 7 days on the arte platform:
Messi & Maud german
Messi & Maud france
On January 30th, ROMY’S SALON celebrated its Hamburg premiere. Actress Beppie Melissen (Grandma Stine), writer Tamara Bos and director Mischa Kamp came to Hamburg to celebrate the German release together with the Leitwolf team and other team members.
ROMY’S SALON is in German cinemas now. All viewing times under: Viewing Times ROMYS SALON
Our family film ROMY’S SALON won Best Dutch Family Film at the renowned CINEKID children’s film festival in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The film was also awarded 2nd prize by the professional jury at Chicago International Film Festival. In Germany, ROMY’S SALON is continuing its successful festival run. After sold-out screenings in Lübeck at the Nordic Film Days, the film travels on to Oldenburg, Vienna, Cologne and Braunschweig before its official release to German theatres on January 30.
Today ROMY’S SALON is celebrating its German festival premiere at the SCHLINGEL International Film Festival in Chemnitz. More festivals in Germany are coming up. Director Mischa Kamp will present her film at the screenings in Münster and Bielefeld.
Already before its official release in January 2020, our family film ROMY’S SALON will be screening in selected cinemas in Germany. For World Alzheimer’s Day and throughout the whole week of dementia September 16-22 exclusive previews will be showing in selected German cinemas, with the support of the German Alzheimer’s Association.
To find a preview near you visit: http://www.romyssalon.de
or find ROMY’S SALON on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RomysSalon.Film
We are overjoyed and thankful that regional film fund nordmedia has granted support for three of our projects. Our Belgium-Dutch-German family comedy MY DAD IS A SAUSAGE, a coproduction with A Private View (Belgium) and The Film Kitchen (The Netherlands) received production support and is currently in production in Belgium. The children’s film LUZIE’S CRAZY WORLD by Anna Lott and the thriller NACHTTAXI by Carsten Woike were granted screenwriting support.
Here’s the link to the official press release (only in German): Normedia press release
Today, principle photography begun on our Belgium-Dutch-German coproduction MY DAD IS A SAUSAGE, starring Johan Heldenbergh (known from „The Broken Circle Breakdown“). Heldenbergh plays a father, who from one day to the next decides to quit his job at a bank and pursue a career in acting instead. While his family believes he has gone mad, only daughter Zöe (Savannah Vandendriessche) believes in her dad’s dream. The debut feature by director Anouk Fortunier has received support from nordmedia and Eurimages among others and is being produced in co-production with NDR.
While finalizing the last touches of the post sound on our German-Dutch co-production ROMY’S SALON, our team received a visit from the representatives of the Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, who supported our project. Besides taking a look (and a listen) at the almost finished film, they asked director Mischa Kamp and writer Tamara Bos some questions. The complete interview has been published in the AUFBLENDE magazine of the film fund. However, it’s only available in German: https://aufblen.de/de/Interviews/2019/20190510-romys-salon-tamara-bos-mischa-kamp.php
After celebrating ist world premiere at the renowed children’s film festival in Kristiansand, Norway, our Dutch-German co-production ROMY’S SALON took home the main prize of the festival, the BFF Children’s Film Award. We’re extremely honored and proud that the film was so well received.
Here’s the explanation of the jury:
The winner deals with two persons in a relationship that develops from skepticism to a growing respect and ends up with a unique cooperation. The movie is funny, wistful, tragic and full of love. It is impressively well acted and told in a way that is calm, yet full of tension. The ending brought tears to the eyes of the jury. It will be suitable for tying bonds between the youngest and oldest generation.
Our TV-Film DAS LEBEN VOR MIR will be airing on Wednesday, October 24th, 2019 at 20:15h on ARD. Directed by Anna Justice the film features a rather unusual family constellation and stars Matthias Habich, Stephan Kampwirth and Eleonore Weisgerber in the lead roles.
Even before it’s official release, our Dutch-German coproduction Romy’s Salon picked up ist first prize. The family film was awarded the prize for Best International Literary Adaptation for Children or Young Adults at the Frankfurter Buchmesse, the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair.
When ten-year-old Moritz and his friends are nearing the end of their time at elementary school, he is faced with the fear of losing his friends because they will go to different school. In this time of great uncertainty, it doesn’t help that his parents bring home a strange boy with an even stranger name: Calypso, who they tell him is going to be his new foster brother. Calypso happens to be cool, clever and better than Moritz at almost everything and quickly wins over all of his friends – except for Moritz, who is extremely skeptical of Calypso. Afraid of losing his friends, Moritz grows more and more suspicious of his new brother and becomes more obsessed with the idea that Calypso must in fact be an alien.
When their mother gets ready to leave for a business trip, Tom (10) and his siblings Elmar (13) and Nina (15) have to stay with their grandparents in the middle of nowhere in Northern Germany. The problem is that granny and grandpa have completely forgotten that their grandchildren are going to be staying with them and are all but prepared. Since Tom, who is a bit peculiar, has trouble dealing with the change, his mom presents the move as a preparation for his biggest dream, a mission to Mars.
When his father decides to move back to Istanbul after his mother’s passing, 12-year-old Zeki feels trapped inside the posh gated community that is their new home. In an attempt to find new friends, he scales the walls of the gated community and escapes. Outside Zeki meets a group of street kids, who he befriends. But how long will he be able to pretend that he is one of them?
An overwhelmed young mother locks up her children one evening – just to have a few minutes to herself. Time goes by, and she doesn’t let them back out of their room. As the hours and days go by, her fear of what will happen when she finally opens the door again, keeps growing…
Although they couldn’t be more different from one another, FLORENTINE and KAT have been BFFs since childhood. Now in their late 20s, they live together like an old married couple. One of them likes men, the other one is into women – but both are still in love with LEO, even though they lost touch a long time ago. When they run into their childhood sweetheart at their ten year school reunion, it becomes obvious that the friendship between the two women is overshadowed by an old secret and on the verge of falling apart.
Martin, an outsider with not many friends, is forced to spend his summer holidays in an outdoor camp in the woods with his step brother and a
group of kids scouts. Martin is not interested in adventures in the wildnis or camping and would much prefer staying at home and playing video games. When discovering tiny magical creatures that inhabit the forest and whose habitat is being destroyed by construction work, Martin learns to overcome his aversion to nature in order to help the forest creatures save the forest.
LUZIE is nine years old and she generally gets along quite well in school – if it weren‘t for LEON and his mean horror gang, who reign the school yard with fear. When Leon kidnaps Luzie‘s beloved guinea pig HERKULES on a school trip, he has gone too far. Through her cleverness, optimism and with a big scoop of fantasy Luzie manages to reclaim what‘s hers – but it takes true courage to finally stand up to her bullies.
Grandma, who is still actively working as a hairdresser, is struggling with the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Romy doesn’t like having to go to the hairdressing salon every day, but this changes when grandma Stine confides in her granddaughter, telling her about her increasing confusion. Romy realises that grandma is not only taking care of her, she will have to take care of her grandma in return. The bond between grandmother and granddaughter grows stronger as grandma seems to change more and more: she is sweeter than before, easier, and she recounts tales of her childhood in Denmark. Romy helps grandma run the salon the best she can, but when they can no longer manage together, Romy comes up with a plan. She decides to make grandma’s dearest wish come true.
Cornelius, in his 70s, lives in a long and happy relationship with his younger husband Frank. After thirty years without any contact or an announcement, the woman who Cornelius had left after realizing that he loves men and with whom he has two children, suddenly shows up at his doorstep. Julia, formerly a successful journalist, is back in Germany after having spent most of her life in San Francisco. When asked for the reasons for her return she announces that she is terminally ill and does not have much more time to live. Out of a sense of pity and responsibility for his estranged former spouse, Cornelius takes Julia in with him – much to Frank‘s surprise. The confrontation with his former life shakes Cornelius‘ present existence…
HOWLING WOLVES tells the stories of 5 people who meet by coincidence -
or is it fate? In an episodic mosaic drama the 5 individual stories are cleverly linked. The place of encounter is a truck stop somewhere at the border between Germany and France. A place of fleeting encounters.
This is where employee VERA finds ANOUK, the girl who was forgotten there by her class on their trip to Germany. This is where the first awkward encounter between acting student MAX and the young mother GRETA takes place, that will change so much. Truck driver HELGE stops here every time he passes through or even makes an extra stop, just to see Vera.
Eleven-year old ZOË is shocked to learn that DAD has quit his bank job to make a living as an actor. His rash move upsets the family dynamic. Zoë is afraid that it may ultimately lead to a breakup between Mum and Dad. She will need to come out of her shell to save her family.
While on vacation in Chile, Dutch tourist Maud abandons her husband to travel alone. When she befriends ‘Messi’, a local boy who fills a void in her heart, the pair embark on a road trip to reinvent themselves.
Toronto International Film Festival, 2017
Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2018
Internationales Filmfest Emden-Norderney, 2018
Festival des deutschen Films, 2018
The Matthiesen’s seem to have an almost natural tendency for failure in their family. Stony-broke Esther, Rachel and Thirza return to the pre-pomeranian „prairie“ of their childhood, where their alcoholic father welcomes them as unruly as ever. But the once idyllic horse riding school is completely overgrown. The last refuge of the stranded siblings is in danger: the bank wants to take over the stud because of the ever increasing debt. When faced with the loss of their family‘s property, hidden powers and a strong bond awakens within the stubborn family clan.
Pizza joint owner LUCAS‘ life could hardly be any worse. Not only is he
up to his neck in debt, but the loving husband also has to take care of
his terminally ill wife LENE and his chaotic and way-too-carefree teenage sister LUCIE. What‘s more, no one seems to be ordering pizza these days anymore. Lucas tries his best not to give up and to keep the joint running with the help of his co-worker SOPHIE. When a new customer places a large order, Lucas is presented with the chance to fix his broken life and to finally turn things around, even though it means that he will have to enter the infamous and dangerous world of the local red-light district.
Passion, art – and a blooming garden.
Philipp Keyer is chasing a lost painting. It‘s his last chance to get back
on his feet professionally. He knows no scruples when he has to use
the young painter Alma to approach the owner of the painting. Too late Philipp realizes that he is becoming more and more addicted to the young woman…
Imagine your name is John Lennon, but everyone calls you Beatle. And then you meet your dream girl and her name is Destiny Mc Cartney. But you meet her on the world‘s most unlucky day – Friday, the 13th – and you‘re very superstitious. Not to mention that you‘re already dating the perfect girl, who happens to be your sister‘s best friend…
Beatle can‘t imagine ever leaving Charlie, who supported him after the stroke that changed his life and left him with a limp. Still, he knows that the only thing worse than staying with the wrong person is missing the chance to be with the right one.
Leitwolf Filmproduktion is a young and creative independent film production company with a team of film professionals dedicated to achieving the highest quality and artistic value with all of our projects. Anette Unger, Sven Rudat and Rüdiger Wolf launched the film division of the established Leitwolf TV- und Filmproduktion GmbH in August 2016 with the goal of concentrating projects in development, as well as new ideas in an independent production entity. With successful co-productions for cinema and TV, both on a national and international scale, as well as the development of our own high-quality fictional content, Leitwolf has quickly gained recognition as a professional and creative producer, as well as a reliable partner for international co-productions.
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