18. Februar 2009

Munich, 18 February 2009. With extensive sales throughout its latest film portfolio, Beta Cinema can look back on a successful European Film Market at this year's Berlin Film Festival. JOHN RABE, Florian Gallenberger's opening film of the Berlinale Special Gala in the Friedrichstadtpalast, was sold to distributors in Spain and Italy as well as to Austria (free TV rights). Several U.S. distributors have also manifested serious interest. A deal with partners from the Netherlands and Belgium has been concluded for Kai Wessel's HILDE with Heike Makatsch in the lead role. The success stories of Max Färberböck's A WOMAN IN BERLIN and Philipp Stölzl's NORTH FACE continued at EFM: they have been sold to more than 20 countries already.
A WOMAN IN BERLIN will also be released in theaters in the U.S., Scandinavia and Columbia. As for NORTH FACE, new contracts were inked with distributors from Japan, France, Scandinavia, Benelux, Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China. The opera film LA BOHÈME with Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón will soon be screening in Japanese theaters, and a contract with a Spanish distributor is ready for signing. MACHAN, Umberto Pasolini's film about a Sri Lankan handball team's trip to Germany, is heading soon to Belgian and Dutch theaters. Picking up on the success of the first THREE INVESTIGATORS-film is THE THREE INVESTIGATORS: TERROR CASTLE, which was sold to Spain on trailer basis.