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01. Februar 2007

Munich, 1 February 2007. Beta Cinema is presenting the Berlinale competition entryThe Counterfeiters at this year's European Film Market. The international premiere of the feature film by director Stefan Ruzowitzky ("The Inheritors," "Anatomy") takes place on 10 February. Considerable international interest has also been stirred up by Dani Levy's My Fuehrer – The Truly Truest Truth about Adolf Hitler. Uschi Obermaier, the icon of the "68er" generation, holds center stage in Eight Miles High, and the young detectives of The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island have to clear up a confusing mystery in South Africa. The European Film Market runs parallel to the Berlinale from 8 to 18 February. 
The Counterfeiters is one of only two German entries in this year's Berlinale competition and is based on the memoirs of the former concentration camp prisoner Adolf Burger. In the 1930s, Salomon Sorowitsch was the king of counterfeiters in a world of thieves, gigolos and easy women. After his capture, he was sent to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in 1944 and became 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 assembled a top acting ensemble which includes Karl Markovics ("Rex – A cops 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 Counterfeiters was produced by Magnolia Film and Aichholzer Film and will be released in German theaters by Universum on 15 March. 
Targeting international buyers for the first time is the new Dani Levy film My Fuehrer – The Truly Truest Truth about Adolf Hitler, which grossed 3.5 million euros in its first week in Germany. The comedy and political satire with Ulrich Muehe ("The Lives of Others") and Helge Schneider ("7 Zwerge") in the lead roles describes the situation shortly before the end of the World War II. The Fuehrer, who wants to whip up the masses one more time with a rousing speech, is feeling glum and depressive and avoiding the public eye. Hitler's former acting teacher Adolf Gruenbaum, a Jew, is brought from a concentration camp to get him back into shape.My Fuehrer – The Truly Truest Truth about Adolf Hitler was produced by Y Filme in coproduction with X Filme, WDR, BR and Arte. 
Eight Miles High is the first major German feature film about the hedonistic 60s and 70s and the debut feature film of Achim Bornhak ("Operation Noah"). Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll – that's the life of supermodel Uschi Obermaier (up-and-coming talent Natalia Avelon). Uschi learns all about free love in the legendary Berlin "Kommune 1", gets her picture on the cover of Playboy and Stern, and seduces even superstars like Mick Jagger (Swedish Sugarplum Fairy rock star Victor Norén) and Keith Richards (Alexander Scheer, "Sun Alley"). Also starring are Matthias Schweighoefer ("The Red Baron") and David Scheller ("Where is Fred??). Eight Miles High was produced by Neue Bioskop Film; Warner Bros. is releasing the film in German theaters on 1 February. 
The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island marks the start of a "The Investigators"-series, which is based on the world-famous young people's books. Oscar winner and Academy member Florian Baxmeyer directs the Studio Hamburg International production, which was shot in English with an international cast in Cape Town. The adventures of the young detectives Jupiter, Bob and Pete have a gigantic fan base. They were translated into 30 languages and have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. 
Also in Beta Cinema's line-up are the two films that have recently been awarded altogether six Bavarian Film Prizes, Four Minutes by Chris Kraus and Grave Decisions (1.5 million admissions in Germany) by Marcus Rosenmüller. Also being presented to international buyers is the Spanish-language Salvador (eleven Goya nominations) with Daniel Bruehl, which is being released in Germany by MFA and is being shown at the Berlinale in the series AG Kino in the Hackeschen Hoefe. The European Film Market is also screening Winter Journey by Hans Steinbichler,Impossibly Yours with Tobias Moretti, the successful Swiss docudrama Groundingand Bully Herbig's comedy Hui Buh – The Goofy Ghost (more than 2 million admissions in Germany). The Oscar-nominated film The Lives of Others by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck opens the section "German Cinema."