18. September 2006

Munich, 18 September 2006. After its outstanding success at the Shanghai Film Festival, the Chris Kraus film Four Minutes also performed sensationally at the Toronto International Film Festival. The international distributor Beta Cinema sold the rights of the Kordes&Kordes production in nearly a dozen countries so far. Contracts have just been signed with Japan (Gaga), Australia and New Zealand (Madman Entertainment), and the Benelux countries (ABC Distribution / Cinemien). Negotiations with U.S. distributors are reaching the final stages and talks are underway with Latin America and Asia. Four Minutes will also be released in theaters in France, Italy and Great Britain. 
Four Minutes is slated to open the Festival of New German Cinema at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Further stations on the international festival circuit include Rio de Janeiro, Hof and Seville. 
"We, too, are surprised by the unusually strong international echo. We hope the film's success abroad will help its performance in Germany when it is released here in February 2007," says producer Meike Kordes, who presented Four Minutes in Toronto along with director Chris Kraus and lead stars Monica Bleibtreu and Hannah Herzsprung. 
In Four Minutes, director Chris Kraus ("Shattered Glass") relates the story of young Jenny (Hannah Herzsprung), who has been convicted of murder and seems to have reached the end of her days. Probing behind the young woman's cruelty and dreams, an eighty-year-old piano teacher (Monica Bleibtreu) plans to turn Jenny back into what she was before the crime: a piano prodigy. At the A-Festival in Shanghai, Four Minutes was honored as best film by the jury headed by French director Luc Besson. The script won the Baden-Württemberg Script Award in 2004.