20. März 2007

20 March 2007. The feature film "The Counterfeiters" by director Stefan Ruzowitzky ("Anatomie"), nominated last Friday for seven LOLAS (including for "Best Film," "Best Script" and "Best Camera"), will be released in U.S. theaters. Sony Pictures Classics acquired the rights for North America from Beta Cinema last weekend. The film, which also ran in competition for the Golden Bear at this year's Berlin Film Festival, has been sold in altogether 60 countries around the world to date. Besides North America, it has been acquired by France (Rezo Film), Italy (Lady Film), Spain (Wanda Vision), Japan (ClockworX) and Great Britain (Metrodome). 
Says Beta Cinema's Andreas Rothbauer: "We are very pleased that The Counterfeiters has been sold to renowned distributors in all key territories before its theatrical release in Germany."
The Counterfeiters tells the fact-based story of the biggest counterfeit money operation of all times devised by the Nazis in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. The film is based on the memoirs of the former Jewish concentration camp prisoner and printer Adolf Burger. Starring in the lead roles are Karl Marcovics (nominated for the German Film Prize as Best Actor in The Counterfeiters), Devid Striesow (nominated for the German Film Prize as Best Supporting Actor in The Counterfeiters) and August Diehl ("Anatomie 2"). 
Following Sony Pictures Classics' extraordinarily successful release of the Oscar-winning hit "The Lives of Others" in U.S. cinemas, Beta Cinema's Dirk Schürhoff is delighted to be working with the firm once again: "We are very proud and honored that Sony Pictures Classics will distribute another film from our line-up in North America. Sony Pictures Classics was our first choice from the very start, especially after their outstanding work with 'The Lives of Others.' We're convinced that we've placed The Counterfeiters in the most competent hands and we're really touched that Michael Barker, Tom Bernard, Dylan Leyner and the entire team at Sony Pictures Classics believe in this film so strongly."
Director Stefan Ruzowitzky adds: "For me, having Sony Pictures Classics as a partner in America is a dream come true. I've known Michael Barker for several years now and am certain that Sony Pictures Classics has the perfect mixture of love and respect for European films as well as the know-how to sell these films to American audiences."
Sony Pictures Classics: "The Counterfeiters is a Holocaust story which was never before related in a film. Director Stefan Ruzowitzky knows how to build up a story that's exciting from beginning to end. Stefan, who already achieved success with films in a variety of genres, now joins the ranks of the best European filmmakers with The Counterfeiters. We are looking forward to reaching a large audience in America with the film."
The Counterfeiters is a production of magnolia Filmproduktion and Aichholzer Filmproduktion in coproduction with Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures, Babelsberg Film and  ZDF, subsidized by Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, FFA, FilmFörderung Hamburg, FilmFinanzierungsFonds Hessen-Invest Film, ORF, Österreichisches Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien, the state of Upper Austria and the state of Lower Austria.