27. Oktober 2006

Munich, 27th of October 2005. Beta Cinema ("Downfall") is bringing a wide range of programming and a number of high-ranking market premieres to this fall's American Film Market. Shooting has started for Mongol - Part One, the new project by the acclaimed Russian director Sergei Bodrov, which will be released in North America by Picturehouse, the joint venture of New Line and HBO. First production stills show an impressive Tadanobu Asano as Temudzhin on his way to becoming Ghenghis Khan. Further presales include Australia/New Zealand (Hopscotch), Benelux (Lumiere), Czech Republic (Bonton) and Brazil (Europa Filmes). The ten-million-dollar project is being shot on original locations in Inner Mongolia. 
The German box office hit The White Masai, which premiered with a gala screening in Toronto in August, tells the story of a Swiss business woman who, on the last day of her holidays in Kenya, met the Samburu warrior Lemalian. Nearly two million viewers in Germany (box office: 12 million euros) followed the true story of a young woman who defies countless obstacles in a strange and foreign culture to be with the love of her life. With North America and European key territories in negotiation, the Constantin Film production has already been pre-sold to Benelux (Lumiere), Scandinavia (Svensk Film), Czech Republic (Bonton), Israel (Shapira) and Brasil (Europa Filmes). 
The Fisherman and His Wife – Why Women Never Get Enough will have its world market premiere at the AFM and is the latest project by German veteran female director Doris Dörrie. Starring Alexandra Maria Lara (who played Hitler's secretary in "Downfall") the film is based loosely on the classic fairy tale and is an enchanting and modern tale that portrays two discontented wives whose greedy ambitions get them into a lot of trouble. Doris Dörrie, who has won several national film awards, also directed "Naked" (2002) which was nominated for Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion. The movie will be released by Constantin Film in Germany today (October 27th). 
Beta Cinema is also proud to present Dresden - The Inferno, one of the most ambiguous German projects to date. With a budget of ten million euros Dresden - The Inferno depicts the love story of a German nurse and a British bomber pilot, set against the background of the Allied bombing of the Elbe metropolis in February 1945, just a few weeks before the end of the war. The movie, from the producers of "The Tunnel" and "Operation Valkyrie", is in post-production and will be available as a feature as well as a two-part miniseries, the same production concept as with "Downfall" and "The Tunnel". All rights for the title in Brazil have been pre-sold to Swen Do Brazil, and Beta Cinema anticipates further all-rights deals in various key territories in the near future.
Ghetto is the adaptation of the successful and much-discussed Broadway stage play by Joshua Sobol, based on real events. The story about establishing a theater in the midst of the murderous climate of the Jewish ghetto in Vilnius will have its first market screening of the final and re-edited version. The German-Lithuanian film, shot in English, starring Erika Marozsan ("Gloomy Sunday") and Heino Ferch ("Downfall"), has been pre-sold to Benelux (Double Tree), Greece (Private Cinema), Brazil (Europa Filmes) and China (Star Image). Stardust will release the film in Germany.
The Wedding Party, directed by Dominique Deruddere, will have its US premiere at the AFI Festival, which takes place during the AFM. Deruddere, whose inventive and original 2001 farce "Everybody's Famous" made the Oscar shortlist for best foreign-language film three years ago, tells the story of a wedding reception which turns into a battlefield after a minor incident escalates. The Wedding Party is a co-production by the producers of "The Experiment" and "The Alzheimer Case" and is based on the famous comic book "Lune de Guerre" by Hermann & Van Hamme. The film has been sold so far to Spain (Civite), CIS countries (Russian Report) and Greece (Artfree). 
About the Looking for and the Finding of Love is directed by Helmut Dietl, whose comedy "Schtonk" made the Oscar shortlist for best foreign-language film in 1993. Composer Mimi and singer Venus fall madly in love, but ultimately break up. Venus finds a new lover and Mimi kills himself. Desperate but unwavering in her belief that love is stronger than death, Venus descends, as Orpheus once had, into the forbidding depths of the underworld to retrieve her lost lover. Starring Alexandra Maria Lara ("Downfall") and Moritz Bleibtreu ("Run Lola Run"), About the Looking for and Finding of Love will have its US market premiere at the AFM.