22. Januar 2008

Munich, 22 January 2008. The international film sales organization Beta Cinema has two of this year's Oscar candidates in its portfolio. Sergey Bodrov's Genghis Khan epic Mongol (Kazakhstan) as well as Stefan Ruzowitzky's drama Counterfeiters(Austria) are among the five final contenders for the Oscar for best foreign-language film. Beta Cinema was most recently represented at the Oscars with "The Lives of Others" by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Best Foreign-Language Film 2007) and "Downfall" by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Oscar nomination 2005). The Academy Awards will be presented in Los Angeles on 24 February.
Mongol tells the epic story of young Temudzhin and how events in his early life lead him to become the legendary conqueror and father of Mongolia: Genghis Khan. The 15-million-euro movie has been produced by the Russian production company CTB Film Company and Andreevskiy Film Company. Producer is Sergey Selyanov (“Brother?), coproducers are Stefan Arndt and Manuela Stehr from X-Filme Creative Pool GmbH and Kinofabrika GmbH. Director Sergey Bodrov (Oscar nomination for “Prisoner of the Mountains?, “Bear's Kiss?, “Nomad?) staged the gripping historical drama on original locations in China and Kazakhstan. The leading role is played by award-winning Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano (“Zatoichi?). Chinese film star Honglei Sun (“Seven Swords? “Zhou Yu’s Train?) stars in the role of Temudzhin’s friend Dzhamukha. In the U.S. "Mongol" is distributed by Picture House.
The Counterfeiters (Berlinale Competition 2007) is based on the memoirs of the former concentration camp prisoner Adolf Burger. In the 1930s, Salomon Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters in a world of thieves, gigolos and easy women. After his capture, he is sent to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in 1944 and becomes a key figure in an amazing Nazi counterfeiting scheme. Sorowitsch agrees to work with the devil and does what is asked of him in order to survive. Director and scriptwriter Stefan Ruzowitzky ("Anatomy") assembled a top cast which includes Karl Markovics ("Rex – A Cop's Best Friend"), August Diehl ("Love in Thoughts"), Devid Striesow ("The Red Cockatoo") as well as Marie Bäumer ("Dresden – The Inferno") and Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter Dolores Chaplin ("Rue des plaisirs"). The Counterfeiterswas produced by Magnolia Film and Aichholzer Film and is distributed in the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics.