25. Februar 2008

Munich, 25 February 2008. For the second time in a row, international film distributor Beta Cinema boasts an Oscar winner in its portfolio. Stefan Ruzowitzky's Austro-German coproduction The Counterfeiters won the Oscar as "Best Foreign Language Film" at the Academy Awards on Sunday. Last year, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others" was the winner, which was sold by Beta Cinema to 133 territories to date.
This year, Beta Cinema had no fewer than two films in the Oscar competition. In addition to The Counterfeiters, the company also distributes the Kazakh Oscar nominee "Mongol," directed by Sergei Bodrov. Moreover, Beta Cinema also represents Oliver Hirschbiegel's "Downfall," which was nominated for the Oscar as "Best Foreign Language Film" in 2005. 
Sony Pictures Classics brought The Counterfeiters to U.S. theaters last week. Averaging $12,500 per screen, it got off to an outstanding start on its first weekend. The Counterfeiters (in competition at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival) scored six nominations at the German Film Awards. Devid Striesow won the Lola in Gold as best supporting actor. 
Based on the contemporary-witness report of former concentration-camp inmate Adolf Burger, the story is about the professional counterfeiter Salomon Sorowitsch, who became a key figure in a big-time Nazi banknote forgery at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in 1944. Stefan Ruzowitzky ("Anatomy"), who also wrote the script, put together a top cast headed by Karl Markovics ("Rex – A Cop’s Best Friend"), August Diehl ("Love in Thoughts") and Devid Striesow ("The Red Cockatoo"), and also including Marie Baeumer ("Dresden – The Inferno") and Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter Dolores Chaplin ("Rue des plaisirs"). The Counterfeiterswas produced by Magnolia Film and Aichholzer Film.