15. Mai 2012

Munich, 15 May 2012. Beta Cinema is bringing a row of upcomings to the Cannes Film Festival, including the Hungarian-German War drama THE NOTEBOOK by János Szász (European Film Award for WOYZECK) and from Spain Imanol Uribe’s political thriller ORANGE HONEY about the partisan’s struggle against the Franco dictatorship, which was honored with the award for Best Director and Best New Screenplay at the Malaga Film Festival in late April.
Furthermore, Beta Cinema thrives in the genre of political thrillers with TWO LIVES starring Juliane Koehler (NOWHERE IN AFRICA) and Academy Award nominated Liv Ullmann, and SHORES OF HOPE by Academy Award winner Toke C. Hebbeln, starring Alexander Fehling (GOETHE!), August Diehl (THE COUNTERFEITERS) and Ronald Zehrfeld (BARBARA).
Ulrich Thomsen (THE CELEBRATION), Ulrich Matthes (DOWNFALL) and Orsolya Tóth (WOMEN WITHOUT MEN) play the lead roles in THE NOTEBOOK, a fascinating and disturbing parable about the consequences of war on children’s psyches, based on the bestselling novel by the Swiss-Hungarian author Agota Kristof, which has been translated into more than 30 languages. In a village on the Hungarian border, two young brothers grow up during war time with their cruel grandmother and must learn every trick of evil to survive in the absurd world of adults. Producers are Intuit Pictures in co-production with Hunnia Filmstudio, Amour Fou and Dolce Vita Films, financed by Magyar Filmalap Zrt., MDM, MBB, MEDIA, Eurimages, Wiener Filmfund, CNC, DFFF and FISA.
In ORANGE HONEY, director Imanol Uribe (CAROL’S JOURNEY) goes back to Andalusia in the 1950s, to a society permeated by fear and held in check by terror. A young government employee realizes that he can no longer stand on the sidelines and watch innocent people be sentenced to death. It is the beginning of a dangerous double life, in which love, loyalty and betrayal become matters of life and death. Iban Garate, Blanca Suárez (THE SKIN I LIVE IN), Karra Elejalde (EVEN THE RAIN) and Eduard Fernández (BIUTIFUL) star in this production of Alta Producción and Fado Filmes with participation of TVE; the script was written by Remedios Casado.  The Spanish release date is June 1, 2012 (Alta Classics).
TWO LIVES (director: Georg Maas) relates the story of a former GDR spy in Norway, who has built her entire life on a fake identity but slowly all the lies and deceit are unraveled and she stands to lose everything. Also starring are Ken Duken (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS) and Rainer Bock (THE WHITE RIBBON); the German-Norwegian coproduction is produced by Zinnober Film, B&T-Filmproduktion, Helgeland Film and Asta Film with participation of Degeto.
Set in the 1980s, SHORES OF HOPE portrays the story of two East-German dock workers, Cornelis Schmidt and Andreas Hornung, who dream an impossible dream: of sailing out to sea to leave the GDR. Their lives take a fateful turn when Cornelis falls in love with a young Vietnamese woman (Phoung Thao Vu) and betrays a fellow worker and friend. A story about destinies in a repressive nation, about hope, longing and disillusionment, and about what one is ready to sacrifice for the big dream. SHORES OF HOPE is a production of UFA CINEMA and FRISBEEFILMS in co-production with BR, Degeto, SWR, BR/arte, arte and SR as well as Hahn Film and in cooperation with CinePostproduction. The German release date is September 1, 2012 (Wildbunch).