Pluto Film makes its debut
by Birgit Heidsiek
- The new German world sales outfit founded by Torsten Frehse and Heino Deckert is demonstrating a great deal of commitment and transparency
With their German world sales outfit Pluto Film, which was launched at the European Film Market in Berlin, independent German distributor Torsten Frehse and producer Heino Deckert are planning to fill a gap in the market. Their joint venture will focus on international arthouse films and German features.
“We had already been planning to work together for quite a while,” states Frehse. Pluto Film is looking for arthouse movies with festival potential that will also generate revenues. While Deckert is continuing his work as a producer with the Berlin- and Leipzig-based production company ma.ja.de in addition to working as a sales agent with Deckert Distribution, which specialises in documentaries, Pluto Film will only take care of fiction feature films.
Among its first titles is the Slovakian debut feature Koza [+see also:
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Adopting an approach based on full commitment, a great deal of transparency and cost savings for the rights holders, Pluto Film is already receiving positive feedback. “We had offers for eight films right away.” The first German title that Pluto Film acquired is the complex drama Verfehlung [+see also:
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film profile] by Martti Helde, Modris [+see also:
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“Pluto is the body that is furthest from the sun in our solar system,” sums up Frehse. “Our goal is to give our movies the greatest orbit possible.”