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Afm: Buoyant German Sales Companies Hit Mart With Full Slates

Germany’s muscular films sales sector is in full bloom at this year’s American Film Market, with lineups that include the latest in German-language films, genre titles and world cinema.

Arri Media Intl. is set to make a splash with the screenings of two German genre titles, Bogdana Vera Lorenz’s dystopian thriller “Lockdown” and Oliver Kienle’s psychological thriller “Four Hands.” The company is also presenting Swiss family pic “Mr. Moll and the Chocolate Factory.”

Arri Media Intl. has been focusing on co-financing and acquiring genre films, including elevated horror pics and thrillers, over the past two years, says sales and acquisitions manager Julia Pahl.

Global Screen is likewise embracing genre with a number of action-packed titles, including actor-director Ken Duken’s high-octane thriller “Berlin Falling,” in which a driver (Duken) picks up a hitchhiker, played by Tom Wlaschiha of “Game of Thrones” fame, only to discover that his passenger is a crazed terrorist with a
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‘Alien Invasion: S.U.M.1’ Picked Up By Gravitas Ventures in North America (Exclusive)

Gravitas Ventures has acquired all North American distribution rights on sci-fi thriller “Alien Invasion: S.U.M.1,” which stars “Game of Thrones” actor Iwan Rheon. Munich-based sales agent Global Screen is handling global rights.

The movie, which is produced by Christian Alvart (“Nick – Off Duty,” “Case 39,” “Pandorum,” “Antibodies”), has its theatrical roll-out set for Dec. 1, day and date in 10 markets. It premiered at the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival and also played at the Fantasia Intl. Film Festival.

The film centers on S.U.M.1, a committed young soldier who has lived his whole life underground. He enters a dark and desolate forest, his mission: to keep at bay the Nonesuch, a breed of hostile alien creatures. As reports circulate of frequent, devastating attacks, the routine military operation becomes a nightmare.

“We are thrilled to team up with Gravitas Ventures to bring this intensely suspenseful and highly original genre piece to the U.S. audiences
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Sony teams with Babelsberg on Markus Goller road movie '25 Km/H'

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Toni Erdmann star Sandra Hüller features in latest project from the director of Friendship!.

Sony’s Deutsche Columbia Pictures Filmproduktion and Studio Babelsberg’s in-house production arm Traumfabrik Babelsberg are co-producing Friendship! director Markus Goller’s latest feature project 25 Km/H, which began shooting in Baden-Württemberg this week.

The road movie stars Lars Eidinger (The Bloom of Yesterday), Bjarne Mädel (Tatortreiniger), Sandra Hüller (Toni Erdmann), Alexandra Maria Lara (Rush) and Jella Haase (Fack Ju Göhte).

The project is the first to go into production for Goller and screenwriter Oliver Ziegenbalg’s recently formed production company Sunny Side Up, and is also in co-production with Deutsche Columbia, Pictures in a Frame, Mythos Film, Traumfabrik Babelsberg and the single-purpose company 26th Babelsberg Film.

25 Km/H is Goller and Ziegenbalg’s first collaboration since their 2010 film Friendship! which was the most successful German film of that year with more than 1.5 million admissions.

That film was produced by The Live Of
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Germany’s Culture Minister Launches Second Edition of Face to Face With German Films in Cannes

Germany’s Culture Minister Launches Second Edition of Face to Face With German Films in Cannes
In Cannes this week Germany’s minister of culture Monika Gruetters helped launch the second year of “Face to Face with German Films,” a campaign that celebrates German cinema success internationally.

She was joined at the event, staged at the elegant Villa Rothschild, by actors Ronald Zehrfeld, Louis Hofmann, Volker Bruch and Alexander Fehling, who are among those leading the campaign this year. German Films, which promotes German movies worldwide, organizes the campaign, and was represented at the event by managing director Mariette Rissenbeek, and chairman Peter Herrmann.

Among the guests were several who had films in the festival including directors Fatih Akin, whose revenge drama “In the Fade” is in competition, Valeska Grisebach, whose Western genre movie “Western” is in Un Certain Regard, and Ali Soozandeh, whose animated feature “Tehran Taboo” is in Critics’ Week. “In the Fade’s” cinematographer Rainer Klausmann also attended.

Others at the event included actor Franz Rogowski,
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Christian Becker Rides West with ‘Winnetou’ TV Drama

Christian Becker Rides West with ‘Winnetou’ TV Drama
Leading German producer Christian Becker (“The Wave,” “Suck Me Shakespeer”) is to adapt Karl May’s stories about Apache chief Winnetou and his companion Old Shatterhand for television. Beta Film is co-financing and handling world sales on the miniseries, which has the working title “Winnetou.”

Director Phillip Stoelzl (“North Face,” “The Physician”) has started shooting the three-part drama in Croatia for Germany’s Rtl.

The books of May’s Winnetou Western cycle are the most successful German adventure series ever. They have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide. The success of the books were cemented by the 1960s Winnetou feature film cycle. May, an adventure writer working around 1900, never actually visited the American West.

In the new TV series, the friendship of hero Old Shatterhand and of the Apache chief Winnetou is given a modern-day treatment as an emotionally moving adventure in the American West. The scriptwriters are Jan Berger (“The Physician”) and Alexander M.
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Berlin: Variety, Medienboard Present Europeans to Watch at the Berlin Film Festival

Berlin — Variety and funding body Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg presented the first-ever “10 Europeans to Watch,” a showcase of exciting new talents across various disciplines, at Saturday’s Medienboard party at the Ritz-Carlton in Berlin.

Kirsten Niehuus, Medienboard’s managing director of film funding, explained to Variety why her organization had backed the initiative: “Since the scene in Berlin is still pretty young, one of our focuses is on young talent in Berlin, and on the international side of things it’s important to us to not only be a German hub of filmmaking but to invite young talents from all over Europe to Berlin because we feel it really adds to the filmmaking and creativity of the city.”

Variety international director Alberto Lopez introduced some of the “10 Europeans to Watch” to the reception’s guests. These were novelist, filmmaker Helene Hegemann, producer Gian-Piero Ringel, producer Ginevra Elkann, director Tom Sommerlatte, director-writer Mara Eibl-Eibesfeldt,
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Les Films d’Ici 2, Weydemann pact on Middle of the Road

Film revolving around Native American community, directed by Damian John Harper, to shoot early 2015.

Paris-based production company Les Films d’Ici 2 has boarded Us director Damian John Harper’s upcoming drama In the Middle of the Road.

The film, which is lead produced by German Jonas Weydemann is due to shoot in New Mexico in early 2015 and centres on a Native American, Iraqi War veteran’s difficult return to his family’s reservation where he stands up to an abusive grandfather.

It was among 12 projects presented at the Paris Coproduction Village last week.

“We’ve been in talks to work together for some time and we decided to make it official here,” said Weydemann, who produces under the Weydemann Bros. banner, the Cologne-based company he runs with his brother Jakob D.Weydemann.

Under the deal, Les Films d’ici 2 and Weydemann Bros are hoping to tap into the joint French-German mini-treaty fund backed by France’s National
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EastWest takes six including Whispers

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Vienna-based sales agent EastWest Distribution has picked up six new titles including Rotterdam premiere Whispers Behind The Wall.

Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily at this week’s When East Meets West in Trieste, EastWest’s Sasha Wieser said that two of these titles will be screening in the festival programmes of Rotterdam and Berlin.

Polish-born Grzegorz Muskala’s dark psychological thriller Whispers Behind The Wall - a young law student falls for the charms of his enigmatic Berlin landlady with terrifying consequences - will have its international premiere in Rotterdam tomorrow in the Bright Future programme.

The feature debut is the first full in-house production of Sol Bondy’s Berlin-based One Two Films and Muskala’s graduation film from the German Film & Television Academy Berlin (dffb). It had its world premiere at the Filmfest Oldenburg last September and won the prize for Best Musical Score at the Kinofest Lünen in November.

Bondy was one
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EastWest takes 6 including Whispers

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Vienna-based sales agent EastWest Distribution has picked up six new titles including Rotterdam premiere Whispers Behind The Wall.

Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily at this week’s When East Meets West in Trieste, EastWest’s Sasha Wieser said that two of these titles will be screening in the festival programmes of Rotterdam and Berlin.

Polish-born Grzegorz Muskala’s dark psychological thriller Whispers Behind The Wall - a young law student falls for the charms of his enigmatic Berlin landlady with terrifying consequences - will have its international premiere in Rotterdam tomorrow in the Bright Future programme.

The feature debut is the first full in-house production of Sol Bondy’s Berlin-based One Two Films and Muskala’s graduation film from the German Film & Television Academy Berlin (dffb). It had its world premiere at the Filmfest Oldenburg last September and won the prize for Best Musical Score at the Kinofest Lünen in November.

Bondy was one
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Silence, The (Das Letzte Schweigen) | Review

Peer (Ulrich Thomsen) and Timo (Wotan Wilke Möhring) formed a unique kinship in the 1980s for their mutual love for young girls. One day, after watching their daily dose of child pornography, Peer decides to capture a real live young girl for Timo as a special treat. Peer, however, loses control of himself and murders the girl instead -- as Timo stands by and observes. Riddled with guilt, Timo disappears. Jump forward 23 years -- a child's bicycle is discovered in a wheat field (in the exact location of the murder committed 23 years earlier by Peer). It is discovered that a young local girl, Sinikka (Anna Lena Klenke), is missing and the townspeople and local police (particularly the ones who were around 23 years ago) scramble for explanations. Was this a sick copycat murder? Otherwise, what would have prompted the murderer from 1986 to kill again?
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Director Baran Bo Odar Ready to Celebrate ‘Bastille Day’

Director Baran Bo Odar Ready to Celebrate ‘Bastille Day’
Baran Bo Odar has come on board to direct spy thriller “Bastille Day” for Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content.

Taken” director Pierre Morel had been attached to the project when it was set up last year.

Vendome Pictures CEO Philippe Rousselet is producing the project, along with Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and David Kanter. Vendome is fully financing the production.

Bastille Day” is about a young American art student living in Paris and a washed-up CIA field agent who are tasked with diverting an imminent attack on the city.

See Also: Vendome to co-produce ‘Bastille Day

Bo Odar’s 2010 film “The Silence,” starring Ulrich Thomsen, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Burghart Klaußner and Katrin Saß, led to his selection as one of Variety‘s 10 Directors to Watch of 2011.

He is represented by UTA and by 42 Management & Production in London.
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Blu-ray Review: Excellent Release for Baran bo Odar’s ‘The Silence’

Chicago – Reminiscent of “The Vanishing” and “Memories of Murder,” Baran bo Odar’s “The Silence” is one of the most acclaimed international thrillers of the year. This excellent work focuses more on the people wrapped up in grief and sin than the mystery itself, and heralds the arrival of a great new talent. What I love so much about the Music Box Films Blu-ray release of the film is the way it highlights the talent of the man who made it, including two short films he produced before this full-length debut in their entirety.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Not only is it a Great film on its own (running nearly an hour), what’s so interesting about watching “Unter der Sonne” (which is about the ’80s summer in which a poor kid fell in lust with his cousin) in relation to “The Silence” is the visual commonalities the two films share. As a
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Film Review: Guilt, Grief Wrapped Up in Mystery of ‘The Silence’

Chicago – With echoes of “The Vanishing” and “Memories of Murder,” Baran bo Odar’s dread-filled “The Silence” is a character-based thriller that focuses more on the people wrapped up in its web of perversion and murder than the crimes themselves. It’s an accomplished debut with a notable German cast that falters only a bit in terms of plotting and pacing but still heralds the arrival of a confident director who works well with both actors and visual composition. “The Silence” can be punishingly bleak and even depressing but it’s undeniably well-made and performed at the same time.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Two men – Peer (Ulrich Thomsen) and Timo (Wotan Wilke Mohring) – sit and watch a film in a darkened room. Timo’s stunned, ashamed reaction makes it clear that the film is not a happy one. They get in a car and drive off, passing a young girl named Pia on a bike.
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Silence’ at the Music Box Theatre

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 50 pairs of movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of the icy German thriller “The Silence” at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre!

“The Silence,” which you’ll love if you like “The Killing,” stars Ulrich Thomsen, Claudia Michelsen, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Katrin Saß, Sebastian Blomberg, Burghart Klaußner and Karoline Eichhorn from writer and director Baran bo Odar based on the novel by Jan Costin Wagner.

To win your free “The Silence” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our unique Hookup technology below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre at 3733 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning!

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Exclusive: The Silence Clip

Exclusive: The Silence Clip
We have an exclusive clip from The Silence, opening in theaters today. Baran bo Odar directs this new crime thriller about a missing young girl, whose bicycle is discovered in the exact same spot where another girl died 23 years earlier. Is it a coincidence? Peer Sommer (Ulrich Thomsen) certainly seems to think so in this scene where the body is discovered.

The Silence - Exclusive A Coincidence

The Silence was released March 8th, 2013 and stars Ulrich Thomsen, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Katrin Saß, Sebastian Blomberg, Burghart Klaußner, Karoline Eichhorn, Roeland Wiesnekker, Jule Böwe. The film is directed by Baran bo Odar.
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Review: ‘The Silence’ Sings Aloud the Inconsolable Sadness of the Lost and the Guilty

Two men sit in a darkened living room watching an 8mm home movie play on a screen before them. It shows a young girl, terrified and sitting on a bed, while a man in a mask sits beside her and begins to unbutton his shirt. The two men head out into the sunshine of the day, driving aimlessly, until they see a young girl on a bike turn down an off-road path into the woods. They follow. It’s July 8th, 1986, and eleven year old Pia is raped and murdered by Peer (Ulrich Thomsen) while the second man, Timo (Wotan Wilke Möhring), watches with equal parts disgust and arousal. The two dispose of the body and return home, but before Peer’s car has been washed of any evidence Timo has packed and boarded a bus out of town. 23 years later, to the very day, another young girl goes missing with only her bike and bag left
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Exclusive Clip From The Silence

We've got your first look at a new clip from crime-thriller The Silence , starring Ulrich Thomsen, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Sebastian Blomberg, Katrin Sass and Burghart Klaussner. Written and directed by Baran bo Odar the March 8 release begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot. As Krischan, the retired investigator of the unresolved case, and his younger colleague David struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes, Sinikka.s distraught parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty. Meanwhile, their daughter.s fate rips open old wounds in the heart of Pia.s mother, who...
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The Silence Trailer and Poster

The Silence Trailer and Poster
A retired investigator is called back onto the job in director Baran bo Odar's thriller The Silence, which follows two cases that have eerily similar connections. The story centers on a 13-year-old girl who goes missing in the same spot where, 23 years prior, a young girl was savagely murdered, a case that still remains unsolved. Krischan (Burghart Klau&#223ner), the original investigator assigned to the case, comes out of retirement to try and unravel this bizarre mystery. Music Box Films has unveiled the first trailer and poster for this gripping nail-biter that will have you on the edge of your seat when it debuts in theaters March 8.

The Silence - Trailer

The Silence begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her
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The Silence Debuts a Mysterious and Beautifully Shot Trailer

The first trailer for Baran bo Odar's The Silence has been released. This beautifully shot clip is almost devoid of dialogue. Highlighting the cinematography, The Silence promises mystery and suspense in this first clip. This film is a German language adaptation of Jan Costin's book. In the book and the film, two girls are abducted on the same date. The kidnappings take place over the course of 23 years, but there are similarities in the abductions. Investigators will have to track down a hidden suspect before he can strike again! Have a look at the first trailer for The Silence below. Release Date: March 8, 2013 (Theatrical). Director: Baran bo Odar. Cast: Ulrich Thomsen, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Sebastian Blomberg, Katrin Sass, and Burghart Klaussner. A trailer for The Silence is here: *runtime is 118 minutes. **shot in Germany.  |  |  Advertise Here - Contact me Michael Allen at 28Dla Subscribe to 28 Days Later: An Analysis.
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New Trailer Breaks The Silence

Music Box Films just sent us over the first official trailer for its upcoming flick The Silence, and it looks to be riddled with mystery. We're talking the sinister stuff involving death and bodies. You know... the good stuff! Check it out!

The flick is directed by Baran bo Odar and stars Ulrich Thomsen, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Sebastian Blomberg, Katrin Sass, and Burghart Klaussner.

Look for it in limited release on March 8, 2013.

Synopsis

The Silence begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot. As Krischan, the retired investigator of the unresolved case, and his younger colleague David struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes, Sinikka’s distraught parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty.
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