05. Mai 2008

Munich, 5th of May 2008. The competition entry Il Divo about the legendary but highly controversial Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti tops Beta Cinema´s portfolio at this year´s Cannes Film Market. Paolo Sorrentino's political drama, starring Toni Servillo in the lead role, will be screened at the Croisette on 23 May. Celebrating their international market premieres are Falco – Quit Living on Dreamsabout the Austrian pop music star, and Run for Your Life – From Junkie to Ironman, the true story of the tragic downfall and triumphant rise of top sportsman Andreas Niedrig. 
With Il Divo (Italian theatrical release 28 May 2008 by Lucky Red), director Paolo Sorrentino makes his third appearance in the competition at the world's most renowned film festival, after "The Family Friend" (2006) and "The Consequences of Love" (2004). For "The Consequences of Love" Sorrentino also obtained the Italian film award David de Donatello (best film, best director, best script). Giulio Andreotti is embodied by Toni Servillo (David and European Film Award nomination for "The Consequences of Love"). Also starring are Anna Bonaiuto ("Where are you? I’m here"), Fanny Ardant ("Eight Women") and Michele Placido ("The Octopus"). The drama, for which Beta Cinema is handling the international and German rights, relates the story of Giulio Andreotti, who, seven times prime minister, 25 times minister, influenced Italian politics for almost half a century. The 89-year-old politician, appointed Senator for life, has been prosecuted several times for his alleged embroilment with the Mafia, but was never convicted and remains politically active to this day. Il Divo was produced by Indigo Film, Lucky Red, and Parco Film. 
Falco – Quit Living on Dreams is the life story of the eccentric and gifted musical legend Falco (Manuel Rubey, "Jump!"). Director Thomas Roth ("Operation Checkmate"), who personally knew Falco, tells the story of the Austrian star who, with "Rock Me Amadeus", landed the first and to this day only German-language number-one-hit in the history of the American Billboard charts, and whose early death turned him into a legend. Produced by EOS and MR-Film, the film already had a very successful run in Austria and comes to German cinemas in June. 
In Run For Your Life – From Junkie to Ironman, we follow the heroin-addicted sportsman Andreas Niedrig (Max Riemelt, "The Red Cockatoo"), who successfully took part as a triathlete in the most difficult international sporting event, the "Ironman" in Hawaii, thus leaving behind him for good the world of drugs and criminality. With his debut as a feature-film director, actor and script writer Adnan G. Koese provides a moving portrait, which was produced by enigma Film and released in German cinemas by Kinowelt. 
Also running at the Cannes Film Market are Veit Helmer's ("Tuvalu") new filmAbsurdistan, which was rousingly applauded at the Sundance Film Festival, nominated for the German Film Award and honored with the Bavarian Film Award; and Heart of Fire (director: Oscar nominee Luigi Falorni, “Story of the Weeping Camel?), by producers Sven Burgemeister (TV60 Film, Oscar nomination for "Sophie Scholl - The final Days"), Andreas Bareiss and Gloria Burkert (Oscar for "Nowhere in Africa") about child soldiers in Eritrea. This film was given its first screening as a competition entry at this year's Berlin Film Festival. 
Moreover, Beta Cinema is presenting the first scenes of the new films John Rabe(director: Academy Award winner Florian Gallenberger), Anonyma – A Woman in Berlin (director: Golden Globe nominee Max Faerberboeck), La Bohème (director: Oscar nominee Robert Dornhelm), 10 Seconds (director: Nikolai Rohde), North Face (director: Philipp Stoelzl), Berlin Calling (director: Hannes Stoehr), The Clown(director: Marco Pontecorvo), Effi (director: Hermine Huntgeburth), The Interrogation of Harry Wind (director: Pascal Verdosci), Lulu and Jimi (director: Oskar Roehler), The Orange Girl (director: Eva Dahr) and The Three Investigators – The Secret of Terror Castle (director: Oscar nominee Florian Baxmeyer) as well as the two animated films Moonbeam Bear and Princess Lillifee
Cannes International Film Festival, Competition:
Il Divo, Friday 23 May, 10 pm Grand Théâtre Lumière
Market Screenings:
Run for your Life - From Junkie to Ironman (international market premiere)
Sunday 18 May, 5.30 pm Riviera 2
Tuesday 20 May, 11.30 am Riviera 2
Falco - Quit Living on Dreams (international market premiere)
Sunday 18 May, 8 pm Palais B
Monday 19 May, 8 pm Palais H
Heart of Fire
Friday 16 May, 5.30 pm Palais J
Monday 19 May, 5.30 pm Palais J
Saturday 17 May, 3.30 pm Riviera 4
Wednesday 21 May, 11.30 pm Riviera 4