5 May2022

Beta Cinema reveals deals to North America, China, Scandinavia for THE FORGER

Beta Cinema announces a first slate of deals for its engaging wartime set drama “The Forger”: All rights for North America have been sold to Kino Lorber, Palace Films picked up all rights for Australia and New Zealand. Beta Cinema also sold all rights for China (Huanxi Media Group), Hong Kong (Edko), Taiwan (Moviecloud), Spain (Vercine), Former Yugoslavia (Discovery), Scandinavia (Future Film).

“We are very happy and proud that Kino Lorber picked “The Forger” for North America”, states Dirk Schürhoff, CEO of Beta Cinema, “and we hope that the audiences will flock to this engaging, personal WWII drama and its popular lead, Louis Hofmann from the Netflix hit series “Dark”.

"Kino Lorber and Beta have enjoyed many fruitful collaborations over the years, and we're thrilled to continue that relationship with the release of Maggie Peren's exceptional film," added Richard Lorber, President & CEO of Kino Lorber. "With its assured direction, remarkable performances, and compelling real-life source material, “The Forger” is the perfect fit for Kino Lorber audiences."

Kino Lorber is planning a theatrical release for later in 2022, followed by a digital rollout on all platforms including Kino Now. 

Based on true events, “The Forger” tells the story of 21-year-old Cioma Schönhaus, who won't let anyone take away his zest for life, especially not the Nazis. He wants to discover life, but has the misfortune of being Jewish in Berlin in the 1940s. Since the best hiding spots are in plain sight, Cioma decides to go out into the light to escape deportation. Using the identity of a marine officer he created for himself, he throws himself into the city's nightlife, and even finds a fragile hope for love during the darkest moments of the war. 

Written and directed by Maggie Peren, who received the German Film Award for “Before the Fall” and numerous national and international awards for her subsequent screenplays. In 2011, she presented her second directorial work, “The Color of the Ocean” at the Film Festival in Toronto.

In front of the camera, Louis Hofmann stars next to Jonathan Berlin (“Swimming,” “Summer of 44”), Luna Wedler (“Biohackers”, “Je suis Karl”), Nina Gummich (“Bridge of Spies”), and Marc Limpach (“Munich: The Edge of War” “Hinterland”). 

The producers are Alexander Fritzemeyer and Martin Kosok for DREIFILM, in co-production with Amour Fou Luxembourg, Network Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion, ZDF and arte. The production was supported by Film Fund Luxembourg, FFF Bayern, DFFF and FFA.

Beta Cinema will host 2 market screenings at the Marché du Film in Cannes, on May 18, 11:30am at Olympia 3 and May 21, 1:45pm at Arcades 3.