News

10. Mai 2006

Munich, 10 May 2006. Beta Cinema comes to this year's Marché du Film in Cannes with a line-up of eight new films. The German hit feature The Lives of Others by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck is celebrating its international market premiere. The film is dominating the nominations for Germany's annual Lola film awards. It garnered 11 nominations, including best picture and best director. Winter Journey is the new feature directed by Hans Steinbichler ("Hierankl") about an aging businessman who takes on the world. Also being shown for the first time at the Marché is No Sweat, a black comedy about a sauna clique produced by moneypenny ("One Day in Europe"). In addition, Beta Cinema will present the first scenes from the US $ 14.5 million Studio Hamburg International production The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island, shot in English and directed by Florian Baxmeyer. There will be teasers of Stefan Ruzowitzky's The Counterfeiter, Martin Gypkens’ Nothing but Ghosts, a screen adaptation of Judith Hermann's hit novel, and Fata Morgana with Jean-Hugues Anglade in a lead role. In development isHeart of Fire (WT), directed by Luigi Falorni (Oscar nominee for "The Story of the Weeping Camel"), the true story about Senait Mehari’s childhood during the madness of the Eritrean civil war based on her autobiographical bestseller. 
The Lives of Others will be presented to an international public for the first time in Cannes on May 20. The film, which has already garnered wide acclaim abroad, relates the story of a Stasi officer (Ulrich Mühe, "Amen") who is drawn deeper and deeper into the world of the East-Berlin artist couple (Martina Gedeck, "Mostly Martha" and Sebastian Koch, "Hitler and Speer: The Devil’s Architect?) he is monitoring. After seven weeks in the theaters, the Wiedemann & Berg production ranks among the most widely seen German films of the year and has already grossed about 5.5 million euros. 
Winter Journey is the story of the debt-ridden businessman Franz Brenninger (Josef Bierbichler, "Hierankl"), who neglects his blind wife (Hanna Schygulla, " Lili Marleen"), gets involved in a risky credit venture in Kenya and, along with his interpreter (Sibil Kekilli, Golden Bear for "Head On"), tries in vain to get his money back. Director Hans Steinbichler's film is produced by d.i.e.film.gmbh and is distributed in Germany by X-Verleih. The International festival launch is planned for this summer. 
In his new comedy No Sweat, Berlin-based Irish director Eoin Moore ("Pigs Will Fly") presents the naked truth about the state of the nation. A variety of characters get together in a Berlin sauna – a microcosm of the real world with an explosive potential. Produced by moneypenny, it is distributed in Germany by Alamode. 
Also scheduled for screening at the film market are the Roland Suso Richter'sDresden – The Inferno, with Felicitas Woll and John Light; Doris Dörries' The Fisherman and his Wife; and Hermine Huntgeburth's The White Masai (Toronto Gala 2005), the most successful German film of 2005, which has already been sold in over 40 countries. 
A first promo reel will be available for the new production The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island, directed by Florian Baxmeyer (Winner of the student’s Oscar 2003), which is currently in post-production. The Studio Hamburg International production, which is distributed in Germany by Buena Vista, takes the genre of traditional detective stories for children into the 21st century. The book series The Three Investigators, which has been published in more than 30 territories and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, has enormous fan bases in many countries. 
The Counterfeiter, produced by Magnolia Filmproduktion, Josef Aichholzer Filmproduktion and Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures, is directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky ("Anatomy") and tells the true story of Salomon Spiranoff, counterfeiter extraordinaire and bohemian.  After getting arrested in a German concentration camp in 1944, he agrees to help the Nazis in an organized counterfeit operation set up to help finance the war effort. Shooting ended only two weeks ago, first scenes will be available in Cannes.
A first promo reel will be presented of Fata Morgana. The enigma Film-Produktion starring Jean-Hugues Anglade (“Betty Blue?, “Killing Zoe?, “Subway?) depicts the story of a couple that loses its way on a desert tour through Morocco and ends up in the hands of an inscrutable rescuer. 
Beta Cinema is also showing the first scenes from the film adaptation of stories from Judith Hermann's hit novel Nothing but Ghosts. In five episodes about star-crossed love and the rootlessness of the Generation X, the acclaimed best-selling author sends her characters to Venice, Jamaica, Berlin, the Nevada desert and Iceland. Directed by Martin Gypkens (Karlovy Vary festival screening of "We"), it stars August Diehl ("The Ninth Day," "Love in Thoughts," "Distant Lights"), Stipe Erceg ("The Edukators") and Jessica Schwarz ("The Red Cockatoo"). 
Heart of Fire is the new project of international award-winning producers Sven Burgemeister (TV60 Film, Oscar nomination for "Sophie Scholl – The Final Days"), Andreas Bareiss and Gloria Burkert (both Oscar winners for "Nowhere in Africa?). The true story is based on Senait Mehari's bestseller of the same name. Given away by her father to the Eritrean liberation front, sharp-witted little Senait lives through the horrors of a guerrilla war and challenges the leader’s authority with her risky decision never to kill. Oscar nominee Luigi Falorni's ("The Story of the Weeping Camel") film is tentatively planned to be ready in spring 2007.