24 Jun2020

Beta Cinema announces raft of sales on its Cannes slate

Beta Cinema reports numerous deals on its Cannes virtual Marché slate. Spearheaded by all-rights deals on Berlin competition entries BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ to Le Pacte for France and MY LITTLE SISTER to Weltkino for Germany, as well as the Hermann Hesse adaptation NARCISSUS & GOLDMUND to Vertigo Films in Spain, and THE AUSCHWITZ REPORT to Signature Entertainment in the UK/IRE, Beta Cinema enjoyed a strong Berlinale market and is looking forward to closing remaining territories at Cannes.

The audacious, epic new adaptation of Alfred Döblin’s BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ by Burhan Qurbani met the interest of distributors in numerous countries and resulted in bidding wars in many. In a competitive bid, Le Pacte secured the rights for France, Scanbox won it for Scandinavia, while New Horizons bought the film for Poland, Discovery for former Yugoslavia, Beta Film for Bulgaria and Mozinet for Hungary. A2 Distributione picked it up for Brazil. Lastly, Tohokushinsha Film secured the rights for Japan. Further interest is pending from the US, UK, AUS/NZ. 

Nina Hoss and Lars Eidinger starrer MY LITTLE SISTER by Swiss director duo Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Raymond was snatched up for Germany/Austria by Weltkino. Further sales were closed for Bulgaria (Beta Film), former Yugoslavia (Discovery), Brazil (A2 Distribuidora), Colombia (Cine Colombia), Taiwan (AV-Jet), and China (Jetsen). At the Marché du Film, Beta Cinema is presenting the new official trailer for the film.    

The visually stunning big screen adaptation by Oscar-winner Stefan Ruzowitzky, NARCISSUS & GOLDMUND, based on the eponymous novel by Nobel Prize-winner Herman Hesse, was secured for Spain by Vertigo Films. In Brazil, A2 Distributione picked up all rights, while JinJin Pictures secured the rights for South Korea. Deals for Russia and other Eastern European territories, as well as North America and AUS/NZ are in negotiations.

In addition to the reported North America deal for Oscar-winner Caroline Link’s bestseller adaptation WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT with Greenwich Entertainment, Beta Cinema secured deals for China (Huanxi Media), Australia/NZ (Moving Story Entertainment), Brazil (A2 Distributione). With earlier deals for Italy (RAI Cinema), Spain (A Contracorriente), Scandinavia (Angel Films), former Yugoslavia (Blitz), Hong Kong (Edko), Taiwan (Moviecloud) and Japan (Aya Pro), the film has proven a hit on Beta Cinema’s slate.   

And last but not least, the gripping true story about two Slovak Jews that not only managed to escape the concentration camp, but brought along evidence that saved over 100,000 lives, THE AUSCHWITZ REPORT, by Peter Bebjak, sold to numerous territories. It sold to UK/IRE where Signature Entertainment secured all rights, Australia/NZ (Moving Story Entertainment), former Yugoslavia (Discovery), Brazil (Great Movies Distribution), and Japan (Tohokushinsha Films). The film is now playing in two “By invitation only” screenings in the virtual Marché