5 items from 2014
Efm: Brisk business for Beta Cinema; Pandastorm buys five.
Beta Cinema’s two Competition titles – Dietrich Brüggemann’s Stations Of The Cross and Edward Berger’s Jack – were the Munich-based sales company’s top-selling titles at this year’s European Film Market (Efm).
Stations Of The Cross has been sold to France (Memento), Italy (Satine Film), Spain (Caramel), Poland (Aurora), Benelux (Wild Bunch), Portugal (Vendetta Films), Greece (7 Films), Scandinavia and the Baltic States (Nonstop), Ex-Yugoslavia (Discovery) and Hungary (Circo).
Further interest has been shown from the Us and Australia for the Ufa Fiction production, which received the Silver Bear for Best Script and the Ecumenical Jury’s prize for the best film in the Competition..
Jack has been acquired for France (Diaphana), Japan (Showgate), Norway (Europa »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
London — Dietrich Brueggemann’s “Stations of the Cross,” which won the Berlinale’s Silver Bear for script, and Edward Berger’s Berlin competition entry “Jack” were Beta Cinema’s hot sellers at the European Film Market in Berlin.
“Stations of the Cross” was acquired for France (Memento), U.K. (Arrow Films), Italy (Satine Film), Spain (Caramel), Poland (Aurora), Benelux (Wildbunch), Portugal (Vendetta Films), Greece (7 Films), Scandinavia and Baltics (Nonstop), former Yugoslavia (Discovery) and Hungary (Circo). Further interest is coming from the U.S. and Australia.
“Jack” will be released in France by Diaphana, in Japan by Showgate, in Norway by Europa Films, in Greece by Strada and in Hungary by Circo.
Maximilian Erlenwein’s “Stereo,” which ran in Panorama Special and stars Juergen Vogel and Moritz Bleibtreu, was picked up by Korea’s Sejong. Vietnam’s A Company acquired Philipp Stoelzl’s box-office hit “The Physician,” which stars Ben Kingsley and Stellan Skarsgard. »
- Leo Barraclough
THR report that the director is in negotiations with Nu Image, who are shopping the action sequel to international buyers at the European Film Market.
Jason Statham is reprising his role as Arthur Bishop, the eponymous elite assassin with a talent for clean kills, often made to look like accidental deaths, and a strict code of conduct.
No word yet if Ben Foster will be reprising his role for the upcoming sequel, but Statham’s involvement alone will no doubt be enough to continue the success of the franchise.
Remaking the 1972 film of the same name, Simon West’s The Mechanic netted just over $50m. around the world, with its home entertainment release sure to have tipped the scales very nicely in the black, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Market screening for The Physician, two competition titles among slate.
Beta Cinema’s Berlinale slate includes competition titles Station of the Cross and Jack as well as Panorama Special entry Stereo.
Move director Dietrich Brueggemann’s competition entry Stations of the Cross, produced by Ufa, follows a 14-year-old girl from a fundamentalist Catholic community who undergoes her own 14 ‘stations’.
The company’s second competition entry Jack, directed by Edward Berger, is the story of a boy of ten who embarks on a journey to find his disappeared mother.
Maximilian Erlenwein’s thriller Stereo, about a mysterious stranger who forces his way into an ex-gangster’s life, stars Juergen Vogel and Moritz Bleibtreu, while also on the slate are The Famous Five III, tragicomedy Back on Track and Global Player.
Beta will continue to sell flagship production The Physician, which gets a market screening. The adventure-drama has already taken €32m in Germany and Spain alone. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
London — Beta Cinema is gearing up for a busy Berlinale with the competition titles “Stations of the Cross” and “Jack,” the Panorama Special entry “Stereo,” and the market premiere of flagship production “The Physician,” which has proven to be a B.O. hit in Germany and Spain, as well as three other market premieres.
Dietrich Brueggemann’s “Stations of the Cross” is a story of radical faith, portraying a profoundly religious teenager who devotes her life to Jesus.
Edward Berger’s “Jack” is a stirring tale about a boy who learned early on to assume responsibility.
After having been seen by almost four million theater-goers in Germany and Spain to date, the box-office hit “The Physician” will be presented in »
- Leo Barraclough
5 items from 2014
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