26. Februar 2010

Munich, 26 February 2010. The Taiwanese film AU REVOIR TAIPEI (director: Arvin Chen) stands out as one of the surprise hits of this year's Berlin International Film Festival. Coproduced by Wim Wenders, the film thrilled audiences and film buyers alike in sold-out screenings in the Forum section, and it has already been sold by Beta Cinema to distributors in Germany (Arsenal), Austria (Polyfilm) and Switzerland (Trigon). Negotiations are also underway with buyers from Asia, Europe and the U.S. The bittersweet gangster comedy, which nabbed the NETPAC Award as Best Asian Film at the Berlinale, was hailed by the trade magazine Variety as "audience pleaser," the Berlin daily taz judged: "the most wonderful film of the Berlinale." AU REVOIR TAIPEI will be given its Asian premiere at the Hong Kong International Film Festival in March followed by the Taiwanese release (Atom Cinema).
A first promo-reel from Philipp Stoelzl's new film GOETHE! has also stirred up notable interest, and pre-sales have already been inked. Negotiations with distributors from Italy, France and the Benelux are well underway, and contracts with Greece (Nutopia), the Czech Republic and Slovakia (Hollywood Classic Entertainment) have already been signed. Starring alongside Alexander Fehling (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS) as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe are Moritz Bleibtreu (THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX) and Burghart Klaussner (THE WHITE RIBBON). Producer is Christoph Mueller (SOPHIE SCHOLL – THE FINAL DAYS). Philipp Stoelzl's most recent film, NORTH FACE, which is also distributed by Beta Cinema, began its successful theatrical run in the U.S. (Music Box Films).
Also sold before completion was John Turturro's music documentary NEAPOLITAN SONGS (France, Wild Side Films). Beta Cinema is negotiating with distributors from Japan and Europe. The rights to Alain Gsponer’s MY WORDS, MY LIES – MY LOVE starring Daniel Bruehl and Hannah Herzsprung, have been sold to Australian distributor Atzec, and to South Korea's Peterpan Pictures. Deals are imminent with France, Italy and Spain. MEN IN THE CITY will be distributed in Russia and the Baltic nations by Murena International. Paolo Sorrentino's IL DIVO and Umberto Pasolini's MACHAN will be brought to theaters in the CIS nations by Maywin. The Swedish Svensk Film acquired Scandinavian rights of the animated feature film PRINCESS LILLIFEE and as pre-sales PRINCESS LILLIFEE AND THE UNICORN including the planned TV series (26x11’).
Also in great demand are HIDDEN by the eminent Polish director Agnieszka Holland (EUROPA, EUROPA) and the EOS-coproduction A QUIET LIFE with Toni Servillo (IL DIVO, GOMORRA) and Juliane Koehler (NOWHERE IN AFRICA, DOWNFALL), which are in production or post-production. First promo reels are expected at the Film Market in Cannes in May.