28. Januar 2013

Munich, 28 January 2013. With a lineup consisting of nine market premieres and one competition entry, Beta Cinema is presenting its largest Berlinale slate to date. Next to the gripping Romanian family drama CHILD’S POSE (official selection, in competition), the market premieres are headed by the multiple award-winning German tragicomedy OH BOY, the German-Norwegian thriller-drama TWO LIVES, the new Marc Rothemund film THE GIRL WITH NINE WIGS and the documentary DER BERND on legendary producer-maverick Bernd Eichinger.
Expected to be particularly appealing to international buyers are also the family entertainment sequels KOKOWÄÄH II, THE FAMOUS FIVE II and THE ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN as well as the romantic comedies FRESHLY SQUEEZED and TURKISH FOR BEGINNERS, the most successful German film of the past year.
With CHILD’S POSE Beta Cinema is showcasing the latest film by the internationally award-winning Romanian director Călin Peter Netzer, who in a thrilling, emotional, yet humorous way dissects the relationship between a dominant mother and her grown-up son.
OH BOY, directed by Jan Ole Gerster is one of the domestic art house and international festival surprises of the year. The Karlovy Vary competition entry drew over 200,000 admissions from extraordinary per screen averages in Germany (X-Verleih) and has already received numerous national and international awards, including two Bavarian Film Awards (Best Script, Best Actor) as well as the Best Film and Audience Awards at the Tallin Black Night Film Festival. In his debut film, Jan Ole Gerster paints a self-ironic portrait of a young man (Tom Schilling, THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX) and the city he lives in: Berlin. OH BOY was produced by Schiwago Film in coproduction with HR and ARTE. Further roles are played by Justus von Dohnányi (DOWNFALL) and Michael Gwisdek (GOODBYE LENIN!).
The political thriller TWO LIVES (director: Georg Maas) stars Academy Award-nominee Liv Ullmann and Juliane Köhler (NOWHERE IN AFRICA), who plays a former GDR spy who built her entire life in Norway on a false identity. Also featured are Ken Duken (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS) and Rainer Bock (THE WHITE RIBBON); the producers are Helgeland Film, Asta Film, Zinnober Film and B&T-Filmproduktion.
With THE GIRL WITH NINE WIGS Academy Award-nominee Marc Rothemund (SOPHIE SCHOLL: THE FINAL DAYS) presents a moving comedy about the will to live and struggle for survival of a young woman. Based on the autobiographical bestseller by Sophie van der Stap, which was translated into 18 languages, the film relates the life-affirming story of the cancer-stricken student Sophie (Lisa Tomaschewsky), who breaks out of the gloom of the hospital and turns her various wigs into an elixir of life. The Goldkind Film production in coproduction with Scope Pictures and Degeto will be brought to theaters in Germany by Universum on March 28.
The Constantin Film documentary DER BERND pays homage to the most successful German producer, Bernd Eichinger. Produced by Constantin Executive Chairman Martin Moszkowicz, it was realized by Carlos Gerstenhauer, Friedrich Oetker, Stephanie Dresbach, Tanja Goll und Christine Rothe. Eichinger’s companions and friends evoke a man who lived for film and with film as only few have done.
In the field of family entertainment, Beta Cinema is screening no less than three sequels at the EFM. In KOKOWÄÄH II everyday life returns to the patchwork family of scriptwriter Henry (Til Schweiger, INGLORIOUS BASTERDS) – but that means chaos 24/7. After the outstanding box-office success of the first part with 4.3 million viewers in Germany alone, Warner is launching Part 2 just before the start of the Berlin Film Festival.
The big screen adaptation of the adventures of THE FAMOUS FIVE George, Julian, Dick, Anne and their dog Timmy thrilled over one million viewers in Germany alone and turned into the most successful family entertainment film of 2012. In part 2 (Sam Film in coproduction with Constantin Film) of the adaptation of Enid Blyton’s international bestseller, the youngsters set out on a bicycling excursion – and end up in a mysterious kidnapping case.
In THE ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN (Neue Schönhauser, Majestic, MMCI and Filmaufbau Leipzig) director Hermine Huntgeburth (TOM SAWYER, THE WHITE MASAI) returns to the children’s book classics of Mark Twain and depicts the most perilous rafting trip of all times on the Mississippi with Jacky Ido (THE WHITE MASAI), August Diehl (THE COUNTERFEITERS, SALT) and Heike Makatsch (LOVE ACTUALLY).
In FRESHLY SQUEEZED (Ziegler Cinema in coproduction with Buena Vista), a chaotic single girl who wants to make a career (Diana Amft, GIRLS ON TOP) is trying to get a grip on her (love)life. Christine Hartmann (HANNI&NANNI) shot the turbulent romantic comedy with Tom Wlaschiha (OPERATION VALKYRIE), Alexander Beyer (GOODBYE LENIN!) and Jule Ronstedt (ALMANYA).
TURKISH FOR BEGINNERS, the spin-off of the hit TV series of the same name, left its mark as the strongest German film of 2012. In this culture-clash comedy, director Bora Dagtekin (WHERE IS FRED?) sends the daughter of a Women’s Lib follower, a young Turkish macho with his prude sister and a Greek Berliner onto a South Sea island after a plane crash – with all imaginable consequences. Josefine Preuss and Elyas M’Barek (THE PHYSICIAN) play the lead roles in this Rat Pack film production.