Beta Cinema reveals deals to North America and UK among others for MY NEIGHBOR ADOLF
Ahead of the Cannes Marché du Film, Beta Cinema announces first presales for the English-language tragicomedy My Neighbor Adolf: All rights for North America have been sold to the Cohen Media Group, while Signature Entertainment has acquired all rights for the UK/IRE. Beta Cinema has also sold all rights for Italy (I Wonder), South Korea (Lumix Media) and Japan (Tohokushinsha Film).
My Neighbor Adolf is set in Colombia in May 1960, just a few days after the Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann was caught by Mossad agents in Argentina. Polsky, a lonely and grumpy Holocaust survivor, lives in the remote Colombian countryside. He spends his days playing chess and tending his beloved rosebushes. One day, when a mysterious old German man moves in next door, he suspects that his new neighbor is... Adolf Hitler. Since nobody believes him, he embarks on a mission to uncover the evidence. In order to gather it, however, he will need to come closer to his neighbor than he would like. So close that the two could almost become friends.
Thorsten Ritter, EVP Acquisitions, Sales & Marketing says, “Director Leon Prudovsky strikes the perfect balance between dramatic and comedic elements, realism and absurdity. My Neighbor Adolf has all the ingredients to appeal to broader audiences and we are very pleased to present the film and a brand new trailer to more buyers in Cannes.”
Director Leon Prudovsky (Five Hours from Paris), who immigrated to Israel at the age of thirteen, has co-written and directed three TV series, two feature films, and many short and medium length films, and has received awards in dozens of film events, such as the Student Academy Awards™, a Best Short Film Award at the Venice Film Festival and others.
Scottish actor David Hayman’s expansive credits include Sid and Nancy by Alex Cox, The Jackal by Michael Caton-Jones, Ordinary Decent Criminal by Thaddeus O’Sullivan, The Tailor of Panama and Hope and Glory, both directed by John Boorman, and his career peak as of yet, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by Mark Herman.
Udo Kier has been a cult actor for generations and the list of filmmaking collaborations is vast. From Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Lola to Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, to name only a few, or Dario Argento’s Suspiria and Gus van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho. Recently he gathered rave reviews and prestigious awards for his lead-role in Todd Stevens’ Swan Song.
My Neighbor Adolf was produced by 2-Team Productions (Israel) and Film Produkcja (Poland), in co-production with Vandalo (Colombia), United King Films (Israel) and Reisdor Films (Israel). Beta Cinema will host two Buyers-Only-Screenings at the Marché du Film: Today, May 18, 9am and May 20, 4pm – both taking place at Olympia 3.