Schlöndorff’s Return to Montauk selected in Official Competition in Berlin

// 15th of January, 2017

Volker Schlöndorff, who won a Cannes’ Palme d’Or and an Oscar for "The Tin Drum," has had his latest feature "Return to Montauk" selected in Official Competition at the 2017 Berlinale.

The film is an Ireland, Germany, France co-production: the Irish co-pro is Conor Barry of Savage Productions in Ireland with funding from the Irish Film Board + section 481 in association with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor at Film & Music Entertainment (IRE) Ltd.  Delegate producer is Regina Ziegler of Ziegler Film and it is also co-produced by Francis Boesplug for Pyramid Productions in France.

The picture stars Stellan Skarsgard and Nina Hoss, and the screenplay is by "Brooklyn’s" Colm Tóibín and Schlondorff. Gaumont is handling international sales in Cannes, and Wild Bunch Germany will release the film theatrically in Germany.

Return to Montauk marks the first original screenplay from novelist Colm Tóibín, whose novel Brooklyn recently garnered a number of international accolades.  The film is Ireland’s only official entry in the Official competition of the Berlinale this year.

The film centres on the writer Max Zorn (Skarsgard), who comes to New York for the release of his book. His young wife Clara (Susanne Wolff) goes ahead to work on the U.S. release. In his novel, Max writes about the failure of love in this city 17 years ago. Almost by chance he meets Rebecca (Hoss). She is now a successful lawyer, originally from East Germany, and in New York for 20 years. They decide to spend a weekend together in Montauk, a fishing port on Long Island.  Cast also stars Susanne Wolff ("Bullying"), Isi Laborde, Niels Arestrup and Bronagh Gallagher. The DoP is Jerome Almeras, and the film shot in New York, Long Island and Berlin.

Other partners include Til Schweiger and Tom Zickler of Barefoot Films, Christoph Liedke and Marc Gabizon of Wild Bunch, and the broadcasters WDR BR and ARTE. It is funded by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FFA, DFFF, Eurimages, Irish Film Board and CNC.

The theatrical release is set for later in the year.