Frauke Finsterwalder’s tragicomic Finsterworld and a new screen adaptation of the children’s classic Pinocchio are among five market premieres being unveiled by Munich-based Global Screen at next month’s EFM in Berlin.
Head of Theatrical Sales Julia Weber and her team will be showing Nadav Schirman’s The Green Prince in Berlin fresh from its world premiere as the opening film of Sundance’s World Cinema Documentary Competition last week.
The first deals on this Red Box/Passion Pictures production were concluded on Sundance’s first weekend with Curzon for the UK and Madman Entertainment for Australia and New Zealand.
In addition, the Munich-based sales agent will have premieres at the EFM of:
- Arne Birkenstock’s documentary Beltracchi - The Art of Forgery, about Wolfgang Beltracchi, one of the biggest art forgers of all time. Birkenstock came into contact with Beltracchi through his father Reinhard Birkenstock who was one of the defence lawyers for the forger’s trial in Cologne in 2011;
- Frauke Finsterwalder’s Finsterworld, starring Corinna Harfouch, Ronald Zehrfeld and Sandra Hüller, which won prizes at festivals in Montreal and Zurich last year;
- the mix of live action and animation in Anna Justice’s family entertainment film Pinocchio, starring Mario Adorf (as the poor carpenter Gepetto), Inka Friedrich, Ulrich Tukur, Sandra Hüller and Benjamin Sadler.
The first pre-sales were already signed with distributors in Poland, South Korea, Russia, South America, India, the Middle East, Slovenia, Estonia, Slovakia and Hungary for what it is likely to be one of Global Screen’s best attended market screenings.
Pinocchio aired as a two-parter by German broadcaster ARD last month on Christmas and Boxing Day;
- Gregor Schnitzler’s Gaming Instinct, adapted from Juli Zeh’s international bestseller Spieltrieb, with newcomers Michelle Barthel and Jannik Schümann and former Shooting Star Maximilian Brückner in the cast.
Global Screen will be aiming to further pre-sales on the English-language animation film The 7th Dwarf, which is in post-production and will be released by Universal Pictures in German cinemas on Sept 25.
According to Julia Weber, the film “promises fun for all age groups in the best tradition of films like Shrek or Toy Story”.
Pre-sales were already concluded on script basis with Poland, South Korea, South America, Turkey, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Israel, China, the Middle East, the Baltic States, Russia and India
In addition, a trailer will be shown of a “work in progress”, To Life! (Auf das Leben!) by Uwe Janson, with veteran star Hannelore Elsner and Max Riemelt (Free Fall) in the leads. The film is being produced by CCC Filmkunst’s Alice Brauner, the daughter of the legendary German producer Artur “Atze” Brauner.
Market screenings are also booked for Global Screen’s Competition film Beloved Sisters (Die geliebten Schwestern), a menage à trois between two sisters and the German dramatist Friedrich von Schiller.
The production by Bavaria Film, Wega Film and Senator Film, which won a Bavarian Film Award for its cinematography last weekend, will have its world premiere in Berlin on Feb 8 and be released in Germany by Senator Filmverleih on 31 July.