New German distribution companies, 3Rosen Filmverleih and Alpenrepublik to release Love Comes Lately and My Friend From Faro

Two new names have joined the ranks of Germany's distribution companies. Berlin-based 3Rosen and Munich-based Alpenrepublik will both distribute films domestically in the next few months.

3Rosen Filmverleih represents an expansion of activities by Jürgen Fabritius' 3Rosen agency which had previously handled the marketing of films in cinemas on behalf of distributors, DVD labels and producers.

The company's first title will be Jan Schütte's literary road movie Love Comes Lately (Bis Später, Max!), based on short stories by Isaac B. Singer. The film had its world premiere at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival and will have its German premiere on Sept 26.

Meanwhile, former Kinowelt and Solo Film executive Xavier Chotard is behind Munich-based outfit Alpenrepublik. The company's first release will be Nana Neul's feature debut My Friend From Faro (Mein Freund Aus Faro), in January 2009.

Chotard will be joined at Alpenrepublik by Evelyne Koplenig who is leaving her head of sales role at Stardust Filmverleih.