04. Mai 2011

Munich, 4 May 2011. Beta Cinema is presenting the new Til Schweiger film KOKOWÄÄH – the most successful German film of the year – at the International Film Festival in Cannes. KOKOWÄÄH, which has already racked up an attendance of 4.2 million in Germany alone and grossed c. 30 million euros, is celebrating its international premiere on 13 May at the Marché du Film, one of the world’s leading film markets. Also being presented to an international public for the first time are LESSONS OF A DREAM with Daniel Bruehl (“Inglourious Basterds”), PROMISING THE MOON with Juliane Koehler (“Downfall,” “Nowhere in Africa”) and Hannelore Elsner (“Cherry Blossoms – Hanami”) and, on the occasion of Janosch’s 80th birthday, the new family animated film THE TIGERDUCK GANG.
KOKOWÄÄH (127’) is Til Schweiger’s third film in four years as producer, director, scriptwriter and lead actor which has registered more than four million viewers to date. In Germany’s attendance numbers of the past 52 weeks, this romantic comedy was topped only by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” Next to Schweiger as the luckless scriptwriter Henry is Schweiger’s eight-year-old daughter Emma, who plays the result of a long-forgotten one-night stand and turns Henry’s life completely upside down. KOKOWÄÄH is a production of Barefoot Films and Béla Jarzyk in coproduction with Warner Bros.
Young Konrad Koch (Daniel Bruehl) arrives in the German Empire in 1874 as one of the very first English teachers ever at a secondary school there. The Oxford graduate resorts to unusual means and introduces his students to a curious sport that comes from Britain: football. But his dream threatens to shatter on the rigidity of the Prussian establishment. Sebastian Grobler’s LESSONS OF A DREAM (113’) was nominated for three German Film Awards (including best film) and is based on the true story of how football came to Europe through an unflagging idealist who braved enormous resistance. The deutschfilm/Cuckoo Clock/Senator-Film production also stars Burghart Klaussner (“The White Ribbon”) and Justus von Dohnányi (“Downfall”).
In PROMISING THE MOON (100’), director Hans Steinbichler (“Winter Journey”) interweaves the family story of Marga (Hannelore Elsner) and her daughter Sofia (Juliane Koehler) across various time levels in the 1930s and 1990s. While Marga is losing her memory, and thus herself, it becomes clear to Sofia that what Marga had told her about their past together was nothing more than a story carved out of thin air. The Uli Aselmann/die film production, which also stars David Kross (“The Reader”) and Karoline Herfurth (“Berlin ‘36”), was awarded the Bavarian Film Award as Best Film.
With THE TIGERDUCK GANG (68’ and 26 x 13’) Beta Cinema explores the enchanting animated film world of Janosch, the world-famous author whose works have been translated into 20 languages and have sold millions of copies. THE TIGERDUCK GANG, family entertainment for children between six and nine years of age, tells the stories of Hannes and his sassy friend Laika, the dog Bergmann and the two mice Schischi and Tutu. Their worst enemies are The Gringos, the biggest bullies in school, and Mice-Sheriff Browning, who would do anything to get his hands on the Tigerduck and its magical powers. Producer of THE TIGERDUCK GANG, which is distributed in Germany by MFA, is Papa Löwe Filmproduktion, director is Irina Probost (“The Trip to Panama”).
Beta Cinema presents in its Cannes line-up also the culture-clash comedy ALMANYA by Yasemin Samdereli, which was honored with two German Film Awards and has already drawn about a million viewers into theaters. Like Wolfgang Murnberger’s MY BEST ENEMY, it was also screened out of competition at this year’s Berlinale. Awarded nine Goya film awards (including Best Film, Best Director, Best Script and Best Lead Actor), Augustí Villaronga’s BLACK BREAD is the Spanish Arthouse hit of the year.
The Congolese film VIVA RIVA! by Djo Tunda Wa Munga, a top prizewinner with six African film awards, tells the story of a gasoline smuggler in Kinshasa, whose dream of fast money becomes a nightmare. Beta is also screening Alexander Zeldovich’s science-fiction drama TARGET (Berlinale Panorama) as well as Philipp Stoelzl’s (“North Face”) drama GOETHE!, a fresh take on the early years of Germany's most famous literary genius and rebel, interpreted by Alexander Fehling (“Inglourious Basterds”.) THE DAY I WAS NOT BORN, which won two German Film Awards as well as the Audience Award and the Fipresci Award at the Montreal Film Festival, is the cinematic debut of Florian Cossen about a young German woman who uncovers a long-held family secret in Buenos Aires.