According to Variety, German film-funding bodies have slated more than $1.5 million in production aid for Catherine, a historical drama starring Chloe Sevigny.

The biopic, based on the diaries of Russian empress Catherine the Great, will be helmed by Agnieszka Holland and filmed on location in St. Petersburg. Pic was chosen for support by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Leipzig-based MDM with $480,000 and $840,000, respectively.