30. Mai 2006

Munich, 30 May 2006. Beta Cinema closed more deals than ever before at this year's Marché du Film in Cannes. The biggest draw was handily the German hit The Lives of Others, which comes to theaters in the U.S. and Japan as well as to every major European territory. Thirty countries have already acquired the rights to The Lives of Others, which had its international market premiere in Cannes. 
"We are genuinely very proud and honoured that Sony Pictures Classics picked The Lives of Others for the U.S. market. They were our first choice from the very beginning. We feel in very good hands and it is great to see Michael Barker and the whole team believe so strongly in this film?, says Beta Cinema’s Dirk Schuerhoff.
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck´s debut feature The Lives of Others, which won seven German Film Awards, was sold among others to Japan (New Select), France (Ocean Films), Spain (Alta Film), Scandinavia (Sandrew Metronome), Benelux (ABC/Cinemien) and Australia (Hopscotch). Negotiations with Italy and Great Britain are underway. 
The Spanish production Salvador, which ran in the section "Un certain regard" in the second week of the festival, also attracted great interest. Japan (Kinetique), Benelux (Lumiere/Benelux Film Distributors), Brazil (Europa Filmes) and Ungarn (Best Hollywood) are among the countries that bought the rights to the story of a Spanish underground freedom-fighter with Daniel Brühl in the lead role; negotiations are underway with Germany and many other territories. 
"Our strategy in Cannes this year was to offer a mix of German and international cinema. It favorably impressed both our new clients and our regular ones," says Andreas Rothbauer of Beta Cinema. "The strong interest in The Lives of Others,Salvador and in the Genghis Khan epos Mongol had a positive effect on the entire line-up." It also proved to be a good decision to selectively present certain films that are still in production or post-production such as Winter Journey (this year's competition entry at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival), Four Minutes (this year's competition entry at the Shanghai Film Festival), The CounterfeiterFata MorganaHeart of Fire and The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island.