Early on in the AFM, Germansales outfit Beta is doing a roaring trade with Mongol - Part One, Sergei Bodrov's new feature about the hirsute andbloodthirsty warrior leader Genghiz Khan.
The film, which has juststarted shooting with Tadanobu Asano in the central role, has now gone to Hopscotch in Australia/NewZealand, Lumiere in Benelux, LNK in Portugal, Bonton in Czech Republic andEuropa Filmes in Brazil. European key territories are in final negotiation. Ashas already been announced, the film will be released in the US byPicturehouse.
Beta has also closed multiple deals on its German box-office hit, TheWhite Masai, about the unlikely love affair between a Swiss businesswoman and theSamburu warrior Lemalian. With North America and European key territories infinal negotiation, the Constantin Film production has been sold to Lumiere inBenelux, Svensk Film in Scandinavia, Bonton in Czech Republic, Shapira inIsrael and Europea Filmes in Brasil.
Looking to capitalise on the extraordinary international success itenjoyed with its Hitler-in-the-bunker film, Downfall, Beta ispresenting another World War II-themed project, Dresden - The Inferno. The 10 millionEuro epic about a love affair between a German nurse and a British bomber pilotin the last weeks of the war, is now in post-production.
Dresden, also presented to buyers at Mipcom last month, is available as a feature as well as a two-partminiseries, the same production concept as with Downfall and The Tunnel. All rights for the title in Brazil have been sold to Swen Do Brazil.