10. Februar 2012

Berlin, 10 February 2012. Beta Cinema has gotten off to a brisk start at this year’s European Film Market at the Berlinale led by Academy Award nominee IN DARKNESS and the thriller HELL. Agnieszka Holland’s Holocaust drama, on the shortlist as Best Foreign-Language Film, has become a major theatrical success in Poland (box office grosses of more than 4.5 million USD) and was sold to Italy (Good Films), Japan (New Select), South Korea (Pure), China (Champs Lis) and Brazil (Conquest). Sony Pictures Classics launches the film in the U.S. today (Friday).
Tim Fehlbaum’s cinematic debut HELL has also caused a major stir among press and public, and been nominated five times for the German Film Critics’ Award. The apocalyptic thriller is distributed in the U.S. by Arc Entertainment and in Great Britain by Lionsgate UK. Contracts were also signed with France (Swift), Australia/New Zealand (Madman), Poland (Against Gravity) and Japan (New Select).
Even before its EFM international premiere scheduled for today, Rudolf van den Berg’s Dutch Holocaust film SÜSKIND, which recalls “Schindler’s List,” was sold to Australia and New Zealand (Madman).
Beta Cinema also sold the German box-office hit MEN IN THE CITY II to Russia (Luxor) and Turkey (Medyavizyon) as well as the Mark Twain adventure TOM SAWYER to Italy (Rai Cinema) and Turkey (R Film). The melodrama about German-Turkish immigrant workers, ALMANYA, which won several German Film Awards, is to be brought to French cinemas by Eurozoom after its above-average performance in Italy (distributor: teodora) with nearly 150,000 attendance.
At this year’s Berlinale, Beta Cinema is also presenting the official competition film MERCY by Matthias Glasner, Doris Dörrie’s BLISS in the Berlinale Special section, and, at the EFM, WESTWIND, SUMMER IN ORANGE and the children’s feature PRINCESS LILLIFEE AND THE LITTLE UNICORN.