Beta Cinema’s line-up
Munich-based outfit Beta Cinema – represented by its Managing Director Dirk Schuerhoff and head of Theatrical Sales and International Acquisitions Andreas Rothbauer – is offering a highly attractive catalogue at Cannes with international festival and domestic favourites.
In the first category is Berlin competition entry The Counterfeiters [+see also:
film profile] by Stefan Ruzowitzky (Anatomy), starring Karl Markovics, August Diehl and Devid Striesow in a true story about Jewish prisoners forced to use their talent as counterfeiters for the Nazis.
Beta could also use the Cannes Market as a platform to finish sales on Four Minutes [+see also:
film profile] by Chris Kraus (see interview), a title that recently won several awards, including a Lola for Best German Film. The film is represented at Cannes by its producer Meike Kordes (Producer on the Move 2007, see interview).
Beta is also the proud seller of domestic hits, such as the irreverent My Führer: The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler [+see also:
film profile] by Dani Levy (a director who first came to attention with his comedy on a Jewish family, Go for Zucker [+see also:
film profile]), who here very successfully weaves a story with a touch of scandal, and Florian Baxmeyer’s The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island [+see also:
film profile], an adaptation of a series of international bestselling novels.
Rounding up the seven features sold by Beta at Cannes is Achim Bornhak’s glamorous Eight Miles High, a portrait of 1968 generation of sexual revolution and rebellion model and sex symbol Uschi Obermaier, and two titles that will have their market premiere: Martin Gypkens’s story of Generation X rootlessness Nothing but Ghosts [+see also:
film profile], starring August Diehl, and Mirage by Simon Gross, on the adventures of a couple and a mysterious foreigner in the Moroccan desert, starring Jean-Hugues Anglade.
In addition to the films in production and post-production, Beta Cinema is selling Mongol on Genghis Khan, Veit Helmer’s comedy Absurdistan, Marian Quinn’s German/Irish film 32 A, Run For Your Life!: From Junkie to Ironman by Adnan Koese, The North Face by Philipp Stoelzl and Tell: A Swiss Myth or the adventures of William Tell according to Mike Eschmann.
Other films in the outfit’s line-up include two titles in pre-production based on real-life characters: Heart of Fire by Oscar-nominated director Luigi Falorni, and John Rabe: The Good Man of Nanking, a "Schindler" story of the Nanking massacre helmed by the Oscar-winning Florian Gallenberger.
(Translated from French)
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