11. Februar 2006

Berlin, 11 February 2006. Mongol, the film about the rise of the young Temudzhin to become Genghis Khan, is turning into one of the hottest-selling productions in the Berlinale's European Film Market. Beta Cinema announced on Saturday in Berlin that the film about one of the greatest tribal leaders in history has been sold to Israel (Shani Films/Lev Cinemas), the Middle East (Italia Film), Poland (Monolith), Romania (Prorom), Bulgaria (Radiovision) und Hungary (Best Hollywood). "At the market we show clients a ten-minute promo reel with the first scenes of Mongol," says Beta Cinema's head of theatrical sales Andreas Rothbauer. "Considering the incredibly positive reactions, we're certain that we will be negotiating further contracts by the end of the week." So far the film is pre-sold to more than two dozen territories including the U.S. Japan's Tadanobu Asano and the Chinese star Honglei Sun play the lead roles in the film directed by Sergei Bodrov, produced by CTB and X-Filme Creative Pool. The shooting will be continued in May in Inner Mongolia after the winter break.
Many contracts have been finalized for the most successful German film 2005, The White Masai (in competition at the Toronto Film Festival), among them Italy (Filmauro), Spain (Festival Films), Poland (Monolith), Romania (Prorom), Croatia (Blitz), Mexico (Cine Video Y Television) as well as Central America, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia (all Pasatiempo Pictures). The film about the Swiss businesswoman who falls in love with a Samburu warrior in Kenya has been sold so far to 27 territories and will be screened in competition at the Argentinean A-FestivalMar del Plata in March, as well as at the Bangkok Festival, also in competition, after the Berlinale. 
The Wedding Party will be distributed in the U.S. by TLA Releasing. Director Dominic Deruddere (Oscar nomination for "Everybody Is Famous") tells the story about a wedding reception that turns into a battlefield. One Day in Europe (Berlinale competition 2005) was acquired by the Japanese distributor United Entertainment, and Ghetto, the film about the struggle for survival of a Jewish theater group in Vilnius, Lithuania, during World War II, will be distributed in Mexico by Quality Film and has been also sold to Double Tree (Benelux), Private Cinema (Greece) and Europa Filmés (Brazil).