13 Sep2022


Following its celebrated World Premiere on the Piazza Grande in Locarno, Beta Cinema now announces that MY NEIGHBOR ADOLF has sold to Vendetta Films, who will bring the Udo Kier and David Hayman starrer to cinemas across Australia and New Zealand in the first quarter of 2023. Prior to Locarno, Beta Cinema had also sold the film to Hungary (Cinetel) and Switzerland (Praesens Film), while a row of deals for the major territories North America (Cohen Media Group), UK and Ireland (Signature Entertainment), Italy (I Wonder), South Korea (Lumix Media) and Japan (Tohokushinsha Film) had been revealed before.


The film stars cult actor Udo Kier, whose vast list of film credits ranges from Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Lola and Gus van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho to Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, and Todd Stevens’ Swan Song. In My Neighbor Adolf, David Hayman plays his grumpy counterpart. The Scottish actor’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 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by Mark Herman.


MY NEIGHBOR ADOLF is set in Colombia in 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.


Writer/Director Leon Prudovsky (Five Hours from Paris) 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.


Jill Macnab who brokered the deal on behalf of Vendetta Films states, “MY NEIGHBOR ADOLF is such a unique film, both funny and poignant, and we’re delighted to be releasing it. We hope that our audiences will respond to it as well as we have.”

Thorsten Ritter, EVP Acquisitions, Sales & Marketing at Beta Cinema seconds, “At Vendetta Films in New Zealand, MY NEIGHBOR ADOLF has found the perfect home, as 'Jojo Rabbit' by compatriot Taika Waititi has been cited by many as a comparison. May there be similar sensitivities amongst the audiences now so that they seek out this little gem!”

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).