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Hitler Assassination Drama ’13 Minutes’ Sells Worldwide, Targets U.S. Buyers

19 November 2014 2:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oliver Hirschbiegel’s “13 Minutes,” about a resistance fighter who tried to assassinate Hitler, has been picked up by several further international distributors after the film’s promo reel was shown at the American Film Market. The pic has also attracted strong interest from U.S. buyers.

Studiocanal previously nabbed all-rights deals on the film for U.K. and Ireland, and now has taken the rights for Australia and New Zealand.

Sales company Beta Cinema also sold the film to Japan (Gaga Communications), France (Sophie Dulac Distribution), Scandinavia (Svensk Filmindustri), Benelux (September Film Rights), Brazil (Mares Filmes), Greece (Feelgood Entertainment), and Colombia (Cine Colombia). Nfp will release the pic in Germany.

Hirschbiegel previously directed Oscar-nominated pic “Downfall,” Liam Neeson starrer “Five Minutes of Heaven,” which won a directing prize at Sundance, and Naomi Watts starrer “Diana.”

“13 Minutes” stars Christian Friedel (“The White Ribbon”), Katharina Schuettler (“Generation War”) and Burghart Klaussner (“The White Ribbon »

- Leo Barraclough

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Actress Martha Stewart May Still Be Alive Despite Two-Year-Old Reports to the Contrary

10 November 2014 7:05 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Martha Stewart: Actress / Singer in Fox movies apparently not dead despite two-year-old reports to the contrary (Photo: Martha Stewart and Perry Como in 'Doll Face') According to various online reports, including Variety's, actress and singer Martha Stewart, a pretty blonde featured in supporting roles in a handful of 20th Century Fox movies of the '40s, died at age 89 of "natural causes" in Northeast Harbor, Maine, on February 25, 2012. Needless to say, that was not the same Martha Stewart hawking "delicious foods" and whatever else on American television. But quite possibly, the Martha Stewart who died in February 2012 — if any — was not the Martha Stewart of old Fox movies either. And that's why I'm republishing this (former) obit, originally posted more than two and a half years ago: March 11, 2012. Earlier today, a commenter wrote to Alt Film Guide, claiming that the Martha Stewart featured in Doll Face, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, »

- Andre Soares

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StudioCanal swoops on Hirschbiegel drama

9 November 2014 2:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Beta Cinema sells resistance fighter biopic 13 Minutes.

StudioCanal has swooped on UK and Ireland rights to Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel’s drama 13 Minutes following a screening of the film’s first promo by Beta Cinema.

The film tells the story of resistance fighter Georg Elser who tried to assassinate Hitler in Munich in1939.

Christian Friedel (The White Ribbon), Katharina Schüttler (Generation War) and Burghart Klaußner (The White Ribbon) star in the drama, currently in post-production.

The deal was brokered by StudioCanal’s head of UK acquisitions, Alison Meese, and Beta Cinema’s Evp acquisitions, sales and marketing, Thorsten Ritter.

“We are excited to see the power house StudioCanal get behind the film in the UK and Ireland. Their passion to secure this title speaks volumes about the passion they will bring to the release. I am happy to see Oliver Hirschbiegel and this riveting film in most dedicated hands”, Beta Cinema’s Thorsten Ritter told Screen »

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

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BH5 Group Backs Alonso Ruizpalacios’ ‘Museum’

8 November 2014 3:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

BH5 Group, a burgeoning Mexican production-finance hub which co-produces Atom Egoyan’s upcoming “Remember,” has attached Alfonso Ruizpalacios, director of “Güeros,” one of the most notable feature debut of 2014, to direct “Museum.”

Written by Manuel Alcala, who originated the project, set up at BH5 Group and Detalle Films, part of the BH5 Group, and a step-up in scale for Ruizpalacios, the story of the extraordinary-but-true 1985 heist of 140 objects, some priceless, from Mexico’s National Museum of Anthropology, will be pitched at Mexico’s Los Cabos Festival.

Kicking off next Wednesday, Los Cabos will also see Egoyan present “Remember” and BH5 Group showcase a third title, now in post, Katina Medina Mora’s “You’ll Know What To Do With Me.”

That spread is a sign of the range and large activity of BH5Group, an production-financing group of five production partners which produces and finances Mexican and international movies, TV and content. »

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Egoyan, Lantos, Gatica Set For Los Cabos ‘Remember’ Masterclass (Exclusive)

7 October 2014 6:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Consolidating a top-flight Canadian presence at the 3rd Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival, director Atom Egoyan will deliver a masterclass on the makings of revenge drama-thriller “Remember,” accompanied by producers Robert Lantos and Gerardo Gatica, and moderated by the Toronto Festival’s artistic director Cameron Bailey.

Los Cabos also confirmed Tuesday that Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy” will bow at the Mexican Festival as one of its highly select Gala Screenings. Berth reps “Mommy’s” Latin American premiere.

Now in post, and sold by Im Global outside the U.S., “Remember” is produced by Robert and Ari Lantos and Gatica, and stars Academy Award winners Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau, and Germany’s Bruno Ganz, Adolf Hitler in “Downfall.”

Benjamin August’s original screenplay for “Remember” combines a contemporary revenge plot with the darkest chapter of World War II history, as Zev (Plummer) and best friend Max (Landau) set out to »

- John Hopewell

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Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl to star in Colonia

29 September 2014 5:20 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Thriller marks Emma Watson’s first lead role since Harry Potter.

Pincipal photography is about to begin on thriller Colonia, from German director Florian Gallenberger (John Rabe). 

The film stars Emma Watson in her first lead role since the Harry Potter franchise and Daniel Brühl, the German star of Rush and The Face of an Angel.

The film will shoot in Luxembourg, Munich, Berlin and South America, until the end of the year.

Colonia tells the story of Lena and Daniel, a young couple, who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973.

Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad

The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel.

Gallenberger is directing »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl to begin Colonia shoot

29 September 2014 5:20 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Thriller marks Emma Watson’s first lead role since Harry Potter.

Pincipal photography is about to begin on thriller Colonia, from German director Florian Gallenberger (John Rabe). 

The film stars Emma Watson in her first lead role since the Harry Potter franchise and Daniel Brühl, the German star of Rush and The Face of an Angel.

The film will shoot in Luxembourg, Munich, Berlin and South America, until the end of the year.

Colonia tells the story of Lena and Daniel, a young couple, who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973.

Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad

The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel.

Gallenberger is directing »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Sony Pictures Pickup ‘Labyrinth of Lies’ Attracts Further Sales

15 September 2014 1:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Beta Cinema has inked further deals on Giulio Ricciarelli’s post-war drama “Labyrinth of Lies,” which was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for North America last week following its Toronto premiere.

Beta also revealed further sales on Venice Days audience-award winner “The Farewell Party,” which also played in Toronto, and fellow Toronto entry “Tour De Force,” as well as a pre-sale on the next pic from Oliver Hirschbiegel (“Downfall”).

“Labyrinth of Lies,” which is based on the true story of a young man’s campaign to prosecute members of the Waffen SS who ran Auschwitz, went to France (Sophie Dulac Distribution), Italy (Good Films), Portugal (Films4You), Israel (Nachshon Films), Australia (Madman), Taiwan (Swallow Wings) and Brazil (Mares Filmes). Deals with distributors from U.K., Australia, Japan, Spain, Benelux, Scandinavia and Eastern European territories are in final negotiations.

Sharon Maymon and Tal Grant’s “The Farewell Party,” a compassionate comedy about assisted suicide, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Fmtv exclusive clip from In Order of Disappearance starring Stellan Skarsgard

30 August 2014 1:49 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release next month, we’ve got an exclusive clip from In Order of Disappearance, the upcoming Nordic thriller starring Stellan Skarsgard (Nymphomaniac), Bruno Ganz (Downfall), Pål Sverre Hagen (Kon-Tiki), Kristoff Hivju (Games of Thrones), Jakib Oftebro (Kon-Tiki), Tobias Santelmann (Hercules) and Birgitte Hjort Sorensen (Borgen). Take a look after the official synopsis…

Introverted and hard-working snow plow driver Nils (Stellan Skarsgard) has just been named citizen of the year, when he receives news that his son has died of a heroin overdose.

Disbelieving the official report, Nils soon uncovers evidence of the young man’s murder—a victim in a turf war between the local crime boss, known as “The Count,” and his Serbian rivals. Armed with heavy machinery and a good dose of beginner’s luck, Nils embarks upon a quest for revenge that soon escalates into a full-blown underworld gang war, with the body »

- Gary Collinson

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Wonderfully Dark, Entertaining Trailer For Nordic Thriller ‘In Order of Disappearance’

21 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

There’s something special about this UK trailer for In Order Of Disappearance (original name Kraftidioten) and it’s got all the right Fargo-esque feelings, with even more bloody  violence!

Directed by Hans Petter Moland, it stars Stellan Skarsgard, Bruno Ganz (Downfall), Kristoff Hivju (Games of Thrones), Jakib Oftebro (Ton Kiki) and Birgitte Hjort Sorensen (Borgen), this Nordic thriller focuses around the life of introverted and hard-working snow-plough driver Nils (Skarsgard).

Just after he’s been citizen of the year, he receives news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Not believing the post-mortem report, Nils begins to uncover evidence of his murder who’s actually been a victim in a turf war between the local crime boss, known as “The Count,” and his Serbian rivals. Armed with heavy machinery and a good dose of beginner’s luck, Nils embarks upon a quest for revenge that soon escalates »

- Dan Bullock

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'Downfall' Editor Hans Funck Dies at 61

17 July 2014 5:29 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Hans Funck, the German film editor of such features as the Oscar-nominated Downfall and Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, died suddenly on Wednesday night in Munich. He was 61. One of Germany's most acclaimed editors, Funck was perhaps most closely associated with Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel. Photos Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 In addition to Downfall and sleeper hit The Experiment, Funck was the editor on all of Hirschbiegel's English-language productions, including The Invasion, starring Nicole Kidman, Five Minutes of Heaven with Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt and, most recently, the Lady Di biopic Diana with Naomi Watts.

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Downfall Director Will Helm The Story Of Georg Elser, Hitler’s Failed Assassin

3 July 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Chances are that you’ve heard of German director Oliver Hirschbiegel from one of two places: either from his remarkable (and horribly depressing) story of Hitler’s last days in the film Downfall, or his ill-conceived and lambasted biopic Diana. Departing once more from his foray into the British Royal Family, Hirschbiegel has now set his sights on returning to World War II, as he plans to direct the film Georg Elser, a true story about Adolf Hitler’s would-be assassin.

Georg Elser’s story is not a happy one. He was a resistance fighter who planned to kill Hitler on November 8, 1939, during a speech the Nazi leader was giving for the anniversary of the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. Elser misjudged his timing, however, and the bomb placed in the lectern ended up going off a full thirteen minutes after Hitler had left, instead killing eight other people. Elser was captured, »

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Downfall director joins Nazi resistance fighter biopic

3 July 2014 7:48 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Oliver Hirschbiegel has signed up for a biopic of Nazi resistance fighter Georg Elser.

The Downfall director will tell the little-known story of the German carpenter.

Elser organised a complex attempt to assassinate Hitler in 1939.

He was held in a concentration camp and executed weeks before the end of the war in Europe.

Christian Friedel (The White Ribbon) will play Elser, with Katharina Schüttler (Generation War) as his girlfriend Elsa and Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon) as Arthur Nebe, the head of the Criminal Police of the Reichssicherheitshauptamt.

Hirschbiegel's 2004 Downfall - which told the story of the last days of Hitler's life - was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

The director's most recent feature was the poorly received biopic Diana.

Georg Elser began shooting in Munich this week. »

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'Downfall' Director Oliver Hirschbiegel Helming Hitler Assassination Film & More

3 July 2014 6:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It has been a decade since filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel arrived with "Downfall," with the film meme-generating, critically acclaimed film, instantly putting him on the map. But he's struggled to maintain that success. "The Invasion" saw the director and studio at odds, "Five Minutes In Heaven" was an intimate thriller that didn't catch on, while last year's "Diana" was simply a disaster. So he's returning to WWII for another tale about Hitler. Hirschbiegel is now in production on "George Elser," following the man "from his early years in the Swabian Alps—when National Socialism arrived in his hometown—to his last days at the Dachau concentration camp, where he was killed shortly before the end of the war at the command of the one whom he himself wanted to kill, Hitler." And if there's one reason to be excited for this, it's that Christian Friedel, the lead in Michael Haneke's excellent "The White Ribbon, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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"Downfall" Director Tackles New Nazi Drama

3 July 2014 5:42 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A decade after "Downfall" explored the last days of Adolf Hitler, director Oliver Hirschbiegel is set to helm Lucky Bird Pictures' "Georg Elser," a biopic of the resistance fighter who attempted to assassinate Hitler in a Munich beer hall in 1939.

The story follows Elser from his early years in the Swabian Alps to his last days at the Dachau concentration camp, where he was killed shortly before the end of the war. Elser nearly changed world history with his attempt, but Hitler left the venue earlier than expected.

Christian Friedel ("The White Ribbon") will play Elser, Katharina Schuttler ("Generation War") will portray his girlfriend Elsa and Burghart Klaussner ("The White Ribbon") will play Arthur Nebe, the head of the Criminal Police of the Reich Defense Office.

Shooting began yesterday and will continue through until early September. Locations include Berlin, the province of South Tyrol in North Italy, and the south »

- Garth Franklin

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Downfall director to make Nazi drama

3 July 2014 5:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oliver Hirschbiegel to direct the story of Georg Elser, the man who attempted to assassinate Hitler in 1939.

Ten years after the success of Oscar-nominated Downfall, about the last days of Hitler, director Oliver Hirschbiegel returns to Germany with a new, Nazi drama.

Shooting on Georg Elser, a portrait of the resistance fighter who tried to assassinate Hitler in the Munich Bürgerbräukeller in November 1939, started yesterday (July 2) in Wackershofen, Southern Germany.

It marks a return to Hirschbiegel’s home turf after making biopic Diana, about the last two years in the life of Princess Diana, which was poorly received by critics.

Hirschbiegel replaces Torsten C. Fischer, who had previously been attached to direct.

In the upcoming film, Christian Friedel (The White Ribbon) will play Elser, Katharina Schüttler (Generation War) will portray his girlfriend Elsa and and Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon) will play head of the Criminal Police of the “Reichssicherheitshauptamt (Reich Defense Office) Arthur Nebe.

The crew includes »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Hirschbiegel Bringing 'Georg Elser' To The Screen

3 July 2014 5:22 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Oliver Hirschbiegel, the man that brought us the Oscar-nominated Downfall back in 2004, is prepared to revisit Nazi Germany for another epic tale. This time he'll tell the story of Georg Elser, a resistance fighter that made an attempt to kill Adolf Hitler.

The film will follow Elser from his early years in the Swabian Alps - when National Socialism arrived in his hometown - to his last days at the Dachau concentration camp, where he was killed shortly before the end of the war at the command of the one whom he himself wanted to kill, Hitler.

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Filming has all ready begun for Georg Elser, which will see Hirschbiegel back in the genre where he found great success. Downfall earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. His last film, Diana, didn't fare so well. Hopefully this will be a return to form for the director.

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‘Downfall’ helmer Oliver Hirschbiegel Set to Direct WWII Drama ‘Georg Elser’

3 July 2014 3:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Downfall” helmer Oliver Hirschbiegel is set to direct German drama “Georg Elser,”  a biopic of the resistance fighter who attempted to kill Hitler in 1939.

Repped in international markets by Munich-based Beta Cinema, the historical drama toplines “The White Ribbon” stars Christian Friedel and Burghart Klaußner, as well as Katharina Schüttler (“Generation War”).

Oliver Schündler, Boris Ausserer at Lucky Bird and Fred Breinersdorfer at Delphi are producing.

 

Written by Fred Breinersdorfer (“Sophie Scholl”), the drama portrays Georg Elser, a German carpenter who had assembled a bomb and plotted an attack on Hitler in November 1939, shortly after the start of WWII. The failed assassination attempt led Elser to be imprisoned at the Dachau concentration camp where he was killed 70 years ago, just a few days before the end of the war.

Elser”‘s key crew includes cinematographer Judith Kaufmann (“Four Minutes”) and set designers Benedikt Herforth (“Rommel”) and Thomas Stammer (“Generation War »

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‘Downfall’s Oliver Hirschbiegel Plots Story Of Failed Hitler Assassin ‘Georg Elser’

3 July 2014 3:15 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel is returning to familiar territory with Nazi-era drama Georg Elser. Billed as an emotional portrait of the resistance fighter who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler in the Munich Bürgerbräukeller on November 8, 1939, the film kicked off shooting yesterday in Wackershofen/Southern Germany. Not to be confused with the July 20, 1944, assassination plot against Hitler that was the subject of Bryan Singer’s 2008 film Valkyrie, Elser’s attempt came five years earlier during what was expected to be a lengthy speech given by the Nazi leader for the anniversary of the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. A bomb […] »

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‘Downfall’ Director Joins Biopic of Nazi Resistance Fighter Georg Elser

3 July 2014 2:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Berlin – Oliver Hirschbiegel, director of the Oscar-nominated Hitler drama Downfall, has signed on to direct an upcoming biopic on lesser-known Nazi resistance fighter Georg Elser. Elser, a simple carpenter, nearly changed the course of history when he attempted to assassinate Hitler on November 8, 1939. Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Elser’s homemade bomb, planted at Munich’s Burgerbraukeller ahead of an anniversary speech by the Nazi leader would have killed Hitler, but he left the room early. Thirteen minutes later, the bomb exploded, killing eight people. Elsner was arrested on the Swiss border and sent to a concentration

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