Munich-based sales outfit Global Screen has taken world rights to female-driven Second World War drama Lost Transport. The film is directed by Saskia Diesing (Nena) and stars Hanna van Vliet alongside Eugénie Anselin and Anna Bachmann.
Based on a true story, it follows a train with 2,500 Jewish former prisoners aboard leaving the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The train comes to a stop by a German village in the path of advancing Russian troops, with three women forced to pool their resources to survive.
The film is currently in post-production. Alice Buquoy, SVP, international theatrical sales and acquisitions at Global Screen, confirmed the company will be presenting first footage and stills at the AFM. September Films are already on board to handle Benelux distribution.
Lost Transport is a co-production led by Dutch outfit KeyFilm with Amour Fou (Luxembourg), Coin Film (Germany) and Dutch public broadcaster NTR, and supported by the Netherlands Film Fund, the Netherlands Film Production Incentive, CoBO, Film Fund Luxembourg, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, nordmedia, DFFF and Roba Music Publishing. KeyFilm’s Hanneke Niens and Hans De Wolf are producing.
Director Diesing commented: “I want my audience to be right there, alongside my three main characters. There, in that small village of Tröbitz, where, 75 years ago, the German villagers, those Jewish former prisoners from Bergen-Belsen and the Russian Red Army were forced to coexist and survive an impossible situation.”