After the whole anti-Scientology hoopla that happened between Cruise and Germany a couple weeks back, the German Federal Film Fund is hoping to make nice (and prove that Germany is more tolerant than being suggested) by hooking up the Valkyrie with a grant that translates into $6.5 million.
Valkyrie and Germany Make Nice
Valkyrie will receive E4.8 million ($6.5 million) from the government's new $80 million a year German Federal Film Fund. Smart move for the Germans to support Valkyrie, as two-thirds of the film's $80 million budget will be spent in Germany.
Valkyrie is a historical thriller that tells the story of Col. Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, a hero high in the German ranks. Stauffenberg is proof that there were those in the German military/government who resisted the Nazi regime.
The DFFF also gave a grant to the value of $12.3 million to Warner Bros' Speed Racer.
City officials are hoping the support from the Federal Film Board, which administers the DFFF, will allay fears that Germany is fundamentally opposed to Cruise playing Stauffenberg.