According to Andreas Rothbauer, Beta Cinema's head of theatrical sales and international theatrical acquisitions, Veit Helmer's Sundance World Cinema competition film Absurdistan was acquired by Surreal Films (France), Plan2Real (CIS), Providence Filmes (Brazil), and Seven Films (Greece), with a deal near to closing for Japan.
The Munich-based sales company racked up presales on Max Faerberboeck's Second World War drama Anonyma - A Woman In Berlin to Gussi (Mexico) and Alfa Films (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay) in addition to Shapira Film (Israel), A-Film (Benelux), Bonto Film (Czech Republic/Slovakia), Monolith Film (Poland) and Blitz Film (former Yugoslavia) and is in final negotiations for a sale to the UK.
The first presales were concluded during the EFM for Florian Gallenberger's China-set drama John Rabe, starring Ulrich Tukur, Daniel Bruehl and Steve Buscemi, to Bonton Film for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, with final negotiations underway with distributors in Spain and Italy. In addition, Philipp Stoelzl's North Face (Nordwand), starring Benno Fuermann and Florian Lukas, has been presold to Bonton Film and to JMD Film (for South Korea).
Rothbauer added that the last English-speaking territory had been sold for Stefan Ruzowitzky's Oscar-nominated The Counterfeiters with the deal to South Africa's Ster Kinekor. The remaining Asian territories - Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore - will be sold after the film's presentation at the Hong Kong Film Festival next month. The same goes for Sergei Bodrov's Mongol, which will also be having its Asian premiere gala presentation in Hong Kong.
Moreover, the blaze of publicity surrounding the Tom Cruise-vehicle Valkyrie, about the officers' plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944, has drawn attention to one of Beta Cinema's own Stauffenberg (Operation Valkyrie), which was produced by TeamworX and directed by Jo Baier with The Lives Of Others star Sebastian Koch as Stauffenberg, the plot's architect. Beta is currently in 'final negotiations' with a 'well-known' US distributor for all English-speaking territories.