Munich-based sales company Beta Cinema reports a successful market in Cannes this year with numerous deals for completed titles and films currently in postproduction.
Taiwanese filmmaker Arvin Chen’s gangster story Au Revoir Taipei, which had its world premiere in the Forum at this year’s Berlinale, was picked up by South Korea’s Sejong Communications and is the subject of negotiations with US distributors. “Strong interest” was also registered from US buyers for Alain Gsponer’s romantic comedy Lila Lila, starring Daniel Brühl and Hannah Herzsprung, and the documentary Keep Surfing which was released by Prokino in 44 German cinemas last week.
Ralf Huettner’s road movie comedy Vincent Wants To Sea (Vincent Will Meer) – now with over € 3.2m takings at the German box-office – was sold to Israel (LEV Cinemas/Shani Film) and South Korea (Sejong Communications), while the Spanish-German-Swiss romantic drama Bon Appetit was picked up by Aya Pro (Japan), Vivarto (Poland) and Mountain Pictures (South Korea).
Meanwhile, Beta signed a deal with Hollywood Classic Entertainment for the Czech Republic and Slovakia for Uli Edel’s rapper biopic Electro Ghetto (Die Zeiten Ändern Dich) and is having negotiations with other distributors for further East European territories.
And the secret agent comedy caper Jerry Cotton, which was released in German cinemas by Constantin Film earlier this year, went to Japan (New Select) and Mainland China (New View Media).
Austrian director Wolfgang Murnberger’s new feature film My Best Enemy (Mein bester Feind), which is currently in postproduction, was sold to the UK (Metrodome), Mainland China (ERG Media) and the Czech Republic/Slovakia (Hollywood Classic Entertainment). Murnberger’s producer Josef Aichholzer also produced the Oscar-winner The Counterfeiters (Die Fälscher) which was acquired by these three distributors in the past.
Moreover, China’s ERG Media picked up Agnieszka Holland’s Second World War drama Hidden which was shot at locations in Germany and Poland at the beginning of 2010; and RAI Cinema has secured the Italian rights to Jo Baier’s The End Is My Beginning (Das Ende ist mein Anfang), starring Bruno Ganz and Cannes award-winner Elio Germano, which is based on Tiziano Terzano’s best-selling novel and is also still at the stage of postproduction.