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Confirming its status as one of the go-to art-fare companies at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, Michael Weber’s The Match Factory has acquired international sales rights to five Berlinale world premieres, three of them in competition, including Finnish icon Aki Kaurismaki’s “The Other Side of Hope.”
When the dust settles on the pickups of titles selected for this year’s Berlinale, few if any sales agents from whatever country are likely to own a larger slice of Berlin competition real estate than The Match Factory.
Of new pickups, the company will represent “Bright Nights,” from German 1990s new wave writer-director Thomas Arslan, marking his follow-up to 2012 Berlin competition hit “Gold,” a latter-day Klondike-set Western. Produced by Germany’s Schramm Film Koerner & Weber and Norway’s Mer Film, “Bright Nights” returns Arslan to the rugged wild – remote north Norway – in what The Match Factory describes as a touching father-son drama. »
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Exclusive: Helene Hegemann’s debut feature will receive its world premiere in Park City on Friday in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.
The Match Factory holds world rights excluding Germany to Axolotl Overkill, based on 24-year-old Hegemann’s German bestseller Axolotl Roadkill that she wrote and published aged 17.
The film stars Jasna Fritzi Bauer as a reckless 16-year-old who surrounds herself with adults of questionable character on the Berlin party scene following the death of her mother.
“We are thrilled to be handling world sales on Helene’s debut feature,” said Weber. “I strongly believe in this powerful new voice in filmmaking and can’t wait to see audiences in Sundance discover her talent.”
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