Munich, 27 May 2011. Beta Cinema has returned from the Cannes Film Market packed with contracts. Almost two dozen sales were closed, including deals with the US, Great Britain and Japan, several of them presales.
Wolfgang Murnberger’s Austrian World War II tragicomedy MY BEST ENEMY starring Moritz Bleibtreu, which premiered out of competition at this year’s Berlinale, went to Sundance Selects (a sister label to IFC Films) in the U.S. The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions and Lizzie Nastro, Director of Acquisitions and Co-productions with Beta Cinema’s Managing Director Dirk Schuerhoff.
Strong interest was shown in Agnieszka Holland’s new feature film IN DARKNESS with Robert Wieckiewicz and Benno Fuermann, based on the true story of Polish Jews who survived WWII in the sewers of Lvov. The production was sold before completion to Great Britain (Metrodome), Australia/New Zealand (Roadshow Films), Mexico (Cine Video), Hong Kong (Edko) and China (Champs Lis International) in addition to earlier presales to the US (Sony Classics), Spain (Alta) and Israel (Lev Cinemas).
Also presold was HELL, Tim Fehlbaum’s feature film debut executive produced by Roland Emmerich. The post-apocalyptic thriller was sold to Russia’s Carmen Film and to China’s Champs Lis.
The German arthouse hit ALMANYA, which has already registered over a million viewers in German theaters, was bought by Moonlight Films (Benelux), Lightbox (Greece), BMP (South Korea) and Swallow Wings (Taiwan).
The football film LESSONS OF A DREAM starring Daniel Bruehl was sold to Japan (Gaga) and also stirred great interest in the US. Augustí Villaronga’s Spanish arthouse hit and big Goya winner BLACK BREAD will be distributed in Japan by Alcine Terran and in China by Champs Lis. Til Schweiger’s KOKOWÄÄH, the most successful German film of the year, grossing 30 million euros at the box office and 4.2 million attendance, was sold to Taiwan’s Swallow Wings, talks with Spanish distributors are about to wrap. German Film Award winner VINCENT WANTS TO SEA was sold to China (Champs Lis) and Taiwan (Swallow Wings), KEEP SURFING to Australia / New Zealand (VAS Entertainment).