PTZ makes pre-sales on Grossman and August
by Annika Pham
From her office on the sixth floor of the Majestic Hotel in Cannes, Perrine Tézé, managing director of PTZ International, is pushing pre-sales and co-financing on two major European co-productions: Barthélémy Grossman’s €10m The Nazi Officer’s Wife, starring Noomi Rapace and Mads Mikkelsen, and the €8m Night Train to Lisbon by Oscar winner Bille August.
Written by Charlie Stratton (Therese Raquin) and Craig Sherman (Attari), The Nazi Officer’s Wife is based on the true story of a woman, an Austrian Jew, who survived the Holocaust living under an assumed identity and ended up marrying a Nazi officer.
The young Grossman, whose breakthrough came with his debut feature 13 m2 [+see also:
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Shooting is scheduled for October 2010. The film is produced by US based Laurent Zilber (Trillion Entertainment) and Germany’s Dan Maag (Maag Film) and executive produced by Swiss born Gerald Morin. Tézé just closed pre-sales in Cannes with Scanbox Entertainment (Scandinavia) and Seville (Canada) and is actively negotiating with Germany, Italy and France.
Night Train to Lisbon is based on a best-selling novel by Pascal Mercier, sold to over 30 territories. Canal+ has pre-bought TV rights. In this initiation story, a Swiss Latin teacher finds a book by a mysterious Portuguese author. Intrigued by his discovery, he drops everything to catch a train to Lisbon to find out more about the author. The film is produced by Germany’s C-Films and Studio Hamburg. Principal photography will start in January 2011.
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