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(Kung Fu Mama - Agentin mit Kids)

Team from"Kung Fu Mama" (photo © Dreamtool Entertainment)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 03/2010

She was the most powerful weapon in the German Secret Service armory. Nina Wenzel’s (Claudia Hiersche) greatest success was arresting the international arms smuggler Wolf Geiger (Bernhard Schir). But when her sister dies, the top agent’s life changes totally: she quits, takes in her sister’s three kids and looks after them lovingly. Now, five years on, Geiger is due to stand trial, but the unscrupulous gun runner makes a spectacular escape. Nina’s former boss Heinrich Husen (Alexander Radszun) sees only one hope, his best undercover agent must return to active service. After initially hesitating, Nina agrees, but juggling raising kids and the secret service takes all she’s got. She can’t blow her cover whatever happens, which makes the budding romance between Nina and her neighbor Ruby (Ben Braun), a cool biker, extremely complicated. For the casting of Kung Fu Mama – Agentin mit Kids, producers Dreamtool Entertainment took a bold approach. Together with Munich-based casting agent Daniela Tolkein they sent the details for the two main roles to all agencies. Actors had five weeks to play an actual scene from the script in front of a video camera and upload the film to a server. More than 500 took part: not only were the two leads, Claudia Hiersche and Ben Braun, found, but also the bad gal, Masha Tokareva. “We got the perfect cast,” says producer Stefan Raiser. Casting is often pursued too half-heartedly. People prefer to rely on tried and tested actors and often pass on a great potential. We’ve now met many new faces and noted some of them for later productions.” Dreamtool Entertainment was founded by Stefan Raiser and Felix Zackor in 1999. Together, they have produced, to date, more than 1400 minutes of cinema and television films. From arthouse to mainstream, from commissioned productions to international co-productions, from a small television play via TV movies to TV events, Dreamtool seeks to cover the largest possible variety. Of course, that would be meaningless if the company didn’t also get results. The 120-minute action adventure Die Jagd nach dem Schatz der Nibelungen, which tells the exciting story of the hunt for the lost treasure of the Nibelungs, was commercial broadcaster RTL’s most successful event movie in 2008, drawing 4.16 million viewers for a 21.6% share in the 14-49 age group. It also garnered four German TV Awards nominations, including Best TV Movie/Mini Series. The sequel, Die Jagd nach der Heiligen Lanze, aired on 1 April 2010 and was that day’s ratings winner with a 20.8% share. Success like this is down to getting all the elements, in front of as well as behind the camera, right. Or, as Raiser and Zackor so pertinently encapsulate it in their company slogan, “It’s our teamwork that makes the dream work!” SK
Genre Adventure

Year of Production 2010
Director Simon X. Rost
Screenplay Derek Meister, Simon X. Rost
Cinematography Jochen Staeblein
Martin Rahner
Matthias Kammermeier
Cast Masha Tokareva, Bernhard Schir, Alexander Radszun, Ben Braun, Claudia Hiersche
Producers Stefan Raiser, Felix Zackor
Production Company Dreamtool Entertainment
Format 16 mm, color
Shooting Dates Cologne and surroundings, Munich, Wilhelmshaven, June – July 2010
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, MEDIA

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