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BERLINALE 2024 EFM

Beta Cinema’s EFM line-up spearheaded by Andreas Dresen’s From Hilde, With Love

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- The Berlinale competition film is part of the firm’s slate, alongside one Encounters title, three market premieres, three market screenings and five new projects

Beta Cinema’s EFM line-up spearheaded by Andreas Dresen’s From Hilde, With Love
Johannes Hegemann and Liv Lisa Fries in From Hilde, With Love (© Beta Cinema)

German world sales and co-financing outfit Beta Cinema will visit this year’s European Film Market (15-21 February) with a line-up including one competition title, one Encounters title, three market premieres, three market screenings and five projects currently in the works.

The slate is led by Andreas Dresen’s new effort, From Hilde, With Love [+see also:
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interview: Andreas Dresen
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]
(Germany), set to play in the Berlinale’s main competition. The story is set in Berlin in 1942, and the cast includes Liv Lisa Fries (Babylon Berlin), Johannes Hegemann, Lisa Wagner (The Pool) and Alexander Scheer (Gundermann [+see also:
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, Sun Alley). It zooms in on Hilde, a member of an anti-Nazi group. She falls in love with another member called Hans. The pair spends a summer together until they get caught by the Gestapo and Hilde is imprisoned while she is eight months pregnant. World rights are available, excluding German-speaking territories and the former Yugoslavia.

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In the Encounters strand, Beta Cinema will showcase Arcadia [+see also:
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by Yorgos Zois (Interruption [+see also:
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interview: Daphné Patakia
interview: Yorgos Zois
film profile
]
). A Greek-Bulgarian-US co-production, the film’s plot focuses on radiant psychologist Katerina, who has to confront her worst suspicions as she accompanies Yannis, a once-respected doctor, to identify the victim of a tragic car accident at an off-season seaside resort. The cast is led by Vangelis Mourikis (The King, Digger [+see also:
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interview: Georgis Grigorakis
film profile
]
, Chevalier [+see also:
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) and Angeliki Papoulia (Dogtooth [+see also:
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interview: Yorgos Lanthimos
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]
, The Lobster [+see also:
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trailer
Q&A: Yorgos Lanthimos
film profile
]
). World rights are available, excluding Greece and Bulgaria.

The first market premiere is that of Führer and Seducer by Joachim A Lang (Germany/Slovakia). In it, the director of Mack the Knife [+see also:
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puts an end to the underestimation and trivialisation of Goebbels’ Nazi propaganda without ever diminishing the responsibility of millions of Germans for the crimes of the Third Reich.

The second market premiere is for Per Fly’s IFFR-screened film Hammarskjöld [+see also:
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(Sweden/South Africa). The picture sees Mikael Persbrandt (In a Better World [+see also:
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, Sex Education) starring in the gripping true story of the man that John F Kennedy once called “the greatest statesman of our century”.

Finally, the third market premiere is that of Familiar [+see also:
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interview: Călin Peter Netzer
film profile
]
(Romania/France/Taiwan). World-premiered at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and helmed by Child’s Pose [+see also:
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interview: Calin Peter Netzer
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and Ana, Mon Amour [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Călin Peter Netzer
film profile
]
director Calin Peter Netzer, it is billed by Beta Cinema as a film “showing Netzer’s distinctive signature” and “an intimate, rapturous drama”.

Next, the Manetti brothers’ crime flick Diabolik – Who Are You? (Italy/France), Hanna Slak’s mother-and-son tale Not a Word [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Hanna Slak
film profile
]
(Germany/France/Slovenia) and Markus Goller’s dramedy One for the Road (Germany) are the three market screenings on the agenda.

Finally, Beta Cinema will be bringing along five projects currently in the works – namely, BAFTA winner Nick Hamm’s high-budget epic William Tell (UK), Tom Tykwer’s drama The Light (Germany), Jessica HobbsHelena Bonham Carter-led The Offing (UK – see the news), and Hayley Easton Street’s “international eco-thriller” The Climb (UK), starring Cara Delevingne, Hero Fiennes Tiffin and Hannah John-Kamen in the leading roles.

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