23. Mai 2018

Munich, 23 May 2018. Beta Cinema has closed a record number of deals during this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Among the hot-sellers wasCannes Critics’ Week entry WOMAN AT WAR, the latest film of acclaimed Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson, which garnered widespread critical acclaim. Beta Cinema sold the feature to Germany/Austria (Pandora), Italy (Teodora), Spain (Avalon), Sweden, Norway and Finland (Scanbox), Benelux (Imagine), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), the Baltics (Scanorama), Poland (M2), Hungary (Cirko), the former Yugoslavia (Demiurg), Romania (Transilvania Film),  Greece (Weird Wave), Turkey (filmarti), China (Huanxi), Taiwan (AV Jet) and Australia/New Zealand (Hi Gloss Entertainment/Limelight Distribution). Deals with partners from Japan and Israel are in final negotiations. Earlier in the festival the intelligent crowd-pleaser was acquired by Magnolia for North America and Picturehouse for the UK/Ireland.

WOMAN AT WAR was much celebrated by audience and the media in Cannes, which emphasized its potential to be “one of the hot sellers” (Variety) and praised the film as “offbeat, poignant and visually exquisite” (The Hollywood Reporter). The featurewas honored with the SACD Award of the French Writers’ Guild for best screenplay and won the Grand Rail d’Or audience award in the eclectic Semaine de la Critique as well as the Le Coup de Coeur Cinécole 2018. WOMAN AT WAR (produced by Slot Machine and Gulldrengurinn) circles around fifty-year-old Halla, who declares a one-woman war on the local aluminum industry to protect the pristine Icelandic highlands she loves…until an orphan unexpectedly enters her life.

Beta Cinema’s second Cannes entry, THE GENTLE INDIFFERENCE OF THE WORLD, has also proven a little gem with the media and international buyers. The beautifully photographed poetic love story from Kazakh director Adilkhan Yerzhanov (“The Owners”), which premiered on May 17th in the section Un Certain Regard, was sold to Hungary (Cirko) and China (Huanxi) with several deals in negotiations. Variety praised Adilkhan Yerzhanov for having crafted “a distinctive cinema (…) that’s serious in its themes and playful in its design. His slyly humorous, stylized minimalism, the miserablism of his characters and their laconic, poker-faced acting style all recall the early films of Aki Kaurismaki.”

Following up on the highly successful Berlinale, Beta Cinema closed a number of additional contracts for its titles. Berlinale competition entry and winner of seven German Film Awards, 3 DAYS IN QUIBERON, was sold to Russia/CIS (Russian Report). Emily Atef’s arthouse hit with almost 250.000 admissions in Germany will be next released in France by Sophie Dulac Distribution on June 13. IN THE AISLES, also in the Berlinale competition section, was snapped up by PROvzglyad (CIS territories) and M&M Distribution (Korea). ÁGA (closing film/out of competition) went to Poland (New Horizons), Australia/New Zealand (Madman) and Switzerland (Trigon). Trigon also acquired the Panorama Special Opening Film STYX. The Greek release for Rupert Everett’s THE HAPPY PRINCE will be handled by Filmtrade. Eran Riklis psychological thriller SHELTER went to Signature for UK and Ireland, WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY will be released by Palace Films in Australia/New Zealand.

In Cannes, Beta Cinema also closed presales on the upcoming THE TOBACCONIST, which went toKino Films in Japan, Blitz Film & Video Distribution for the former Yugoslavia and Huanxi in China. The World War II drama, based on the international bestseller and currently in post-production, is a tender and heart-breaking story about a young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna, starring Bruno Ganz (“Downfall”) and Johannes Krisch (“Revanche”).

In the family entertainment section, Enid Blyton’s FAMOUS FIVE continues its international success. The sequel THE FAMOUS FIVE AND THE VALLEY OF DINOSAURS was acquired by Metropolitan for France and Flins & Piniculas for Spain.


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