27. Mai 2008

Munich, 27 May. With nearly 40 contracts concluded with distributors in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America, Beta Cinema can look back on a very successful market at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Coming to American theaters are The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island (First Look Studios), Veit Helmer's Absurdistan and Dani Levy's My Fuehrer (both First Run Features) as well as Heart of Fire by Luigi Falorni (7th Art), reported the company in Munich on Monday. The Weinstein Company acquired the U.S. and English-language theatrical, DVD and TV rights to Jo Baier's TV production Operation Valkyrie with Sebastian Koch. Among the many pre-sales deals are Max Faerberboeck's Anonyma – A Woman in BerlinEffi by Hermine Huntgeburth, Philipp Stoelzl's North Faceand Robert Dornhelm's screen adaptation of the opera La Bohème, which are still currently in postproduction. 
The Cannes competition entry Il Divo by Paolo Sorrentino, which won the Jury Award and was hailed as a "masterpiece" by Variety, will be shown in Great Britain (Artificial Eye) and Greece (Odeon Film), among other territories. A number of other countries are also about to close deals. This year's Academy Awards (Oscar) winner as best foreign-language film, The Counterfeiters, was acquired by distributors in China (Dequan), South Korea (Mediasoft), India (UTV), Taiwan (Tempo), Hong Kong (Panorama) and the Near East (Shooting Stars). It has thus been sold around the world. Falco – Quit living on dreams, the biopic of the Austrian pop singer, will be brought to German cinemas by NFP. Atyp will distribute the film in the Czech and Slovak Republics. Further territories are in negotiation. 
As to the Oscar nominee Mongol (German launch in early August by X-Verleih), Beta Cinema inked contracts with 17 remaining countries in Asia and Latin America, including distributors such as Pyramid Saimara, Cineholic, Alfa, Solar Entertainment and Ablo. Absurdistan, which will be screened this summer at the International Film Festival of Karlovy Vary and in Moscow, was sold to the U.S., the U.K. (ICA) and the Czech and Slovak Republics (Bonton). 
Even before its completion, Effi, based on a novella by Theodor Fontane and starring Julia Jentsch and Sebastian Koch, was acquired by the Polish distributor Monolith.Anonyma – A Woman in Berlin with Nina Hoss went to Multimedia (Portugal) and Puccini's opera La Bohème with Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón to Palace (Australia and New Zealand) as well as Hollywood Classic (Czech and Slovak Republics). North Face has already been sold to Poland (Monolith), Hungary (Best Hollywood), the Czech and Slovak Republics (Bonton) and to Serbia/Montenegro (Pa-Dora).
New to Beta Cinema's world-sales portfolio are the Egoli Tossell productions The Gift Horse and Bon Appetit (Morena Films/Orio Produkzioak/Egoli Tossell/Zodiak). The feature film about the scandal-filled life of Germany's international star Hildegard Knef (director: Kai Wessel) with Heike Makatsch in the lead role will be shot this summer. Bon Appetit is the story of three chefs who make their dream come true in a Swiss avant-garde restaurant.