The deal was one of almost two dozen sales agreements concluded by Beta Cinema at this year’s Cannes market.
Wolfgang Murnberger’s Second World War tragicomedy, which premiered out of competition at the Berlinale in February, was picked up for US release by Sundance Selects, a sister label of IFC Films.
Pre-sales were also completed on Tim Fehlbaum’s post-apocalyptic thriller Hell with Champs Lis and Russia’s Carmen Film, while Yasemin Samdereli’s arthouse hit Almanya was bought by Moonlight Films (Benelux), Lightbox (Greece), BMP (South Korea) and Swallow Wings (Taiwan).
Other Beta titles proving attractive to Asian buyers included the football film Lessons Of A Dream - with Daniel Brühl as a teacher of English introducing the beautiful game to Germany which sold to Japan (Gaga) and Augustí Villaronga’s Goya winner Black Bread which was picked up by Alcine Terran for Japan and Champs Lis for China.
Moreover, Til Schweiger’s romantic comedy Kokowääh, which is the most successful local film at the German box office so far this year, will be distributed in Taiwan by Swallow Wings who also acquired another German box-office success, Ralf Huettners Vincent Wants To Sea.
The Golden Lola winner, starring Florian David Fitz and Karoline Herfurth, was also bought by Champs Lis for distribution in mainland China.