Schlöndorff returning to US


Martin Blaney wrote about Volker Schlöndorffs new film project in Screen Daily:

German film-maker Volker Schlöndorff is set to make his first Stateside-set film for 15 years since 1998’s Palmetto which starred Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Shue and Gina Gershon.

Montauk, which will be loosely based on Max Frisch’s eponymous novel, will also see Schlöndorff reunited with the Swiss author’s work after he adapted Homo Faber as Voyager, starring Sam Shepard and Julie Delpy, in 1992.

The screenplay for the story of a European writer who travels to New York to help with the launch of one of his plays in a Brooklyn theatre is being written by Schlöndorff with Irish author Colm Toibin. Once in New York, the writer meets an old flame and they try to rekindle the past passion.

The production by Ziegler Film München has already received development funding from the Bavarian film & TV fund FFF Bayern and is due to go into production in winter 2013/14.

Before then, Schlöndorff is lining up a film version of Cyril Gély’s highly successful theatre play Diplomatie which he has adapted with Gély for shooting this summer in and around Paris.

The French-German production between Film Oblige and Blueprint Film will see Niels Arestrup and André Dussollier reprising their roles in the original Paris stage production as the German Stadtkommandant, General Dietrich von Choltitz, and the Swedish consul-general Raoul Nordling, respectively.

The film’s action revolves the duel of minds as Nordling persuades von Choltitz in the course of one night to go against the orders of Hitler and spare the city of Paris from total destruction.

Diplomatie is being handled internationally by Gaumont who will release the film in France.