Beta titles

Source: Christine Fenzl / Reiner Bajo

‘I’m Your Man’, ‘Next Door’

Munich-based sales agent Beta Cinema has reported multiple deals on its Berlin EFM slate, including brisk sales on its two Berlinale competition titles, Maria Schrader’s I’m Your Man and Daniel Brühl’s Next Door

I’m Your Man, whose star Maren Eggert won Berlin’s first gender-neutral Silver Bear acting prize for best leading performance last week, has gone to France (Haut et Court), Italy (Koch Media), Spain, Portugal and Latin America (Sun Distribution), Scandinavia (Edge Entertainment), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), CIS and Baltics (Volgafilm), Poland (Monolith), Hungary (Cirko Film), Czech Republic/Slovakia (Film Europe), former Yugoslavia (Discovery Film), Turkey (Filmarti Film), Israel (Nachshon), Greece (Strada Films), Taiwan (Swallow Wings), Korea (Contents Gate) and Hong Kong (EDKO Films).

Beta is in final negotiations with the US, Japan, China, and the UK on the title.

The film tells the story of the relationship between Alma, a scientist at Berlin’s Pergamon Museum, and Tom (Dan Stevens), a handsome robot in human form designed to cater to her every need. Written by Schrader and Jan Schomburg, the film is inspired by Emma Braslavsky’s short story. It will be released by Majestic in German cinemas this summer.

Meanwhile, there has also been a flurry of deals on Next Door. Territories closed include France (Eurozoom), CIS (Russian Report), Poland (Aurora), Hungary (Cirko Film), Czech Republic/Slovakia (Film Europe), former Yugoslavia (Discovery Film) and the Baltics (Kino Pavasaris). UK, Spain and Scandinavia are in final negotiations.

Brühl makes his directorial debut and stars in the film, about a Berlin-based movie star whose seemingly ideal life is not as perfect as it seems. Malte Grunert produced with his company Amusement Park Film and Warner Bros. Film Productions in co-production with Gretchenfilm and Erfttal Film.

Other titles on the Beta EFM slate have also proven popular with buyers. Matt Chambers’ The Bike Thief has gone to Beijing Hugoeast Media for China, Beta Film for Bulgaria, Discovery for former Yugoslavia and AV-Jet for Taiwan. A deal with Signature in the UK was closed after AFM at the beginning of the year. Further deals are in negotiations.

Meanwhile, Maggie Peren’s romcom, Hello Again - A Wedding Day, has gone to France (ARP Selection), Spain (Alfa Pictures), Latin America (Great Movies), China (Red Apollo) and CIS/Ukraine (Capella).