Bavaria Film International (BFI) is to handle internationalsales on Andreas Dresen's latest feature film Willenbrock, which finished shooting on location in Magdeburglast week.
BFI previously handled sales on Dresen's Berlinalecompetition films Grill Point (Halbe Treppe) and Nightshapes (Nachtgestalten).
Produced by UFA Filmproduktion, the Euros 3m project wasadapted by Dresen's longtime collaborator Laila Stieler from the novel of thesame by Christoph Hein.
Broadcasters WDR, MDR, SWR, Arte, Trebitsch ProduktionInternational and Studio Babelsberg Motion Picture were brought onboard asco-producers with subsidies coming from the German Federal Film Board, MDM andMedienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.
Axel Prahl (Grill Point),Anne Ratte-Polle (Nightsongs) andInka Friedrich star in the psychological and social study of a man who tries invain to regain control of his life after he and his wife are robbed oneevening.
"This film lives from extreme emotions, loneliness,relationships falling apart and a touch of tragedy," producer NorbertSauer said. "We are working in Cinemascope which was important for Dresenas it is a different aesthetic and a big jump from the Digibeta of Grill Point.Indeed, many of the shots reminded me of Fargo with a similar feeling of alienation."
Willenbrock will be distributed theatrically in Germany byDelphi-Film in early 2005.