PRODUCTION: German TV Film The Glassmaker Shoots in Czech Republic

    The Glassmaker by Christine Balthasar The Glassmaker by Christine Balthasar -photo: obs/ZDF/ZDF/Hannes Hubach

    PRAGUE: TV film The Glassmaker/Die Glasbläserin by Christine Balthasar, a German/Czech coproduction made for ZDF, is currently shooting in Czech Republic.

    The film is an adaptation of the homonym novel by Petra Durst-Benning and tells the story of two sisters living in a German village in the 19th century, who after the death of their father, take over his glass workshop and start to produce the first glass Christmas decorations.

    The main characters are played by Luise Heyer and Maria Ehrich. The film is a coproduction of Bavaria Fernsehproduktion and the Czech production company Wilma Film, a traditional coproducer of German films in the Czech Republic.

    Shooting started on 8 March 2016 and takes place in the Kokorin region, Jidrichuv Hradec and at the castle Dolni Beřkovice from the Melník District. From a total budget of 2.6 m EUR / 70 m CZK, 1.7 m EUR / 45 m CZK will be spent in the Czech Republic, Ludmiila Claussova from Czech Film Commission told FNE.

    The project is registered for the State Cinematography Fund's incentive programme. According to Claussova, 26 German projects and coproductions have been shot on Czech locations, with a total spend of 48 m EUR / 1.3 billion CZK since 2010, when the Film incentive programme was launched in the Czech Republic.

    Production Information:
    Wilma Film
    Kříženeckého nám. 322/5,
    152 00 Praha 5 – Barrandov
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    Director: Christine Balthasar
    Cast:Luise Heyer, Maria Ehrich, Max Hopp, Franz Dinda