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7 items from 2017


Wolfgang Petersen's 'Four Against The Bank' scores key deals

23 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Das Boot director’s first film since 2006’s Poseidon.

Picture Tree International has pre-sold Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot) comedy Four Against The Bank, starring Til Schweiger, to Cis (Voxell Media), China (Beijing Shangzhou Media), Spain (Twelve Oaks), Poland (Monolith), Turkey (Sinema TV), Former Yugoslavia (Blitz), Taiwan (Av Jet) and airlines (Global Eagle).

The film marks Petersen’s first film as director since 2006’s Poseidon.

The crime comedy stars Schweiger, Matthias Schweighoefer, Michael ‘Bully’ Herbig and Jan Josef Liefers as four men, betrayed by a bank, who unite to take revenge. The cast also features Alexandra Maria Lara and Anje Traute.

Warner Bros. Germany released the film in German-speaking markets on Christmas Day last year, generating €9.1 million ($9.5 million) in Germany.

Meanwhile, Picture Tree’s Welcome To Germany has gone to Twelve Oaks (Spain), Turkey (Sinema TV), China (Hua Shi), Japan (Cetera), Eastern Europe (HBO) and Poland (Tvp).

Italy’s Draka has bought Tiger Girl and biopic [link=tt »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Wolfgang Peterson's 'Four Against The Bank' scores key deals

23 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Das Boot director’s first film since 2006’s Poseidon.

Picture Tree International has pre-sold Wolfgang Peterson (Das Boot) comedy Four Against The Bank, starring Til Schweiger, to Cis (Voxell Media), China (Beijing Shangzhou Media), Spain (Twelve Oaks), Poland (Monolith), Former Yugoslavia (Blitz), Taiwan (Av Jet) and airlines (Global Eagle).

The film marks Petersen’s first film as director since 2006’s Poseidon.

The crime comedy stars Til Schweiger, Matthias Schweighoefer, Michael ‘Bully’ Herbig and Jan Josef Liefers as four men, betrayed by a bank, who unite to take revenge. The cast also features Alexandra Maria Lara and Anje Traute.

Warner Bros. Germany released the film in German-speaking markets on Christmas Day last year, generating €9.1 million ($9.5 million) in Germany.

Meanwhile, Picture Tree’s Welcome To Germany has gone to China (Hua Shi), Japan (Cetera), Eastern Europe (HBO) and Poland (Tvp). Italy’s Draka has bought Tiger Girl and biopic Egon Schiele. »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Homegrown German Films Makes Global Showing

19 May 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While German-language films screening at this year’s Cannes Film Festival are scant in number, German talent and market titles nevertheless offer a glimpse of current and upcoming productions, ranging in subject matter from prehistoric adventure and Nazi-era intrigue to modern day terrorism and romance in the face of sorrow.

This year’s crop of local productions follows a standout year for German films, which not only made an impressive showing on the international festival circuit but also at both the domestic and international box office. Maren Ade’s Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann,” a bittersweet comedy about an aging father trying to reconnect with his distant, workaholic daughter, enjoyed a stellar year, winning a slew of international prizes, including five European Film Awards, sweeping this year’s German Film Awards, and leading to Ade’s selection for this year’s Cannes competition jury.

Domestically, the refugee crisis was the focus of »

- Ed Meza

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Picture Tree Takes Sales on Oscar Nominee Wolfgang Petersen’s New Film (Exclusive)

20 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Germany’s Picture Tree International has picked up international sales for Wolfgang Petersen’s “Four Against the Bank” and Julian Poelsler’s “Killing Stella.” Picture Tree will debut the titles to international buyers at the Cannes Film Market in May.

“Four Against the Bank” marks Petersen’s (pictured, on the set) return to the director’s chair for the first time since 2006’s “Poseidon.” It is also his first purely German film production since his international breakout hit with 1981’s “Das Boot,” which saw him nominated for an Academy Award for best director.

The crime comedy stars Til Schweiger, Matthias Schweighoefer, Michael “Bully” Herbig and Jan Josef Liefers as four men, betrayed by a bank, who unite to take revenge. The cast also features Alexandra Maria Lara and Anje Traute.

Warner Bros. Germany released the film in German-speaking markets on Christmas Day last year, generating €9.1 million ($9.5 million) in Germany and »

- Robert Mitchell

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Amazon’s First German-Language TV Series to Launch Globally

10 February 2017 3:53 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Amazon’s first original German-language TV series, “You Are Wanted,” starring Matthias Schweighöfer, will launch March 17 in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

The six-episode series, which Schweighöfer produced through his Pantaleon Entertainment shingle, will stream in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide via the Amazon Prime Video service, which will offer dubbing in English, French, Italian, and Spanish as well as additional subtitles in Portuguese, Hindi and Japanese.

In “You Are Wanted,” Schweighoefer plays a hotel manager whose life is turned upside down following a mysterious hacking attack, putting him and his family in grave danger. Alexandra Maria Lara (“Rush”), Karoline Herfurth (“Fack ju Göhte”), and Tom Beck (“Einstein”) also star.

“When we created ‘You Are Wanted,’ we aimed at making a German series that would appeal to both a German and international audience,” Schweighöfer said. “Together with Amazon, we are making that happen for the first time in German TV history.”

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- Ed Meza

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Efm: Picture Tree line-up includes Til Schweiger action-comedy

2 February 2017 8:31 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Picture Tree International line-up also includes Jakob LassTiger Girl.

Picture Tree International (Pti) has confirmed its line-up for the upcoming edition of Efm at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival (February 9 - 19, 2017).

In its fourth year, the Berlin-based sales and distribution company returns with a slate including Jakob LassTiger Girl, which will receive its world premiere as a Panorama Special in Berlin; action-comedy Hot Dog, starring Til Schweiger and Matthias Schweighöfer; and Zaza Urushadze’s (Oscar nominated for 2013 drama Tangerines) The Confession.

Tiger Girl, for which Pti has acquired international rights, is Lass’ second feature, following Love Steaks (2013).

In Hot Dog, Schweiger and Schweighöfer will play two friends who make it their mission to free the daughter of the Moldovan ambassador from her kidnappers.

The film is currently being shot in Berlin and is expected to be released in autumn 2017 by Warner Bros. Pictures Germany.

The Confession (formerly titled Monk) centres on a former film director »

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Berlinale: Picture Tree Picks Up Box Office Hit ‘Welcome to Germany’ (Exclusive)

2 February 2017 1:47 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Picture Tree Intl. has picked up world sales rights to German box-office hit “Welcome to Germany” (“Willkommen bei den Hartmanns”), which it will present to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market next week.

The comedy, Germany’s most successful local movie last year, deals with immigration. It was directed by Simon Verhoeven, whose credits include the popular German franchise “Men in the City” (“Männerherzen”), and the English-language stalker thriller “Friend Request,” which reached the top five in the U.K. box office last year, distributed by Warner Bros.

The cast of “Welcome to Germany” includes several well-known German-language actors, such as Elyas M’Barek, star of 2013’s top box-office hit in Germany “Fack Ju Goehte”; Florian David Fitz (“The Most Beautiful Day,” “Vincent Wants to Sea”); and Austrian actress Senta Berger, who played alongside Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas and John Wayne in the 1960s.

The film is produced by Wiedemann & Berg, »

- Leo Barraclough

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