Source: Samsara Graf / Philipp Brozsekl


IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to Magdalena Lauritsch’s Austrian sci-fi disaster film Rubikon, the 2021 Cannes Frontières Buyers Showcase selection which Germany’s The Playmaker Munich is introducing to EFM buyers this week.

Julia Franz Richter from Undine, George Blagden from Les Miserables, and Mark Ivanir from The Good Shepherd star in Lauritsch’s feature directing debut as crewmembers on a space station who must choose whether to risk their own safety to search Earth for survivors of a catastrophe.

The film is now completed and The Playmaker Munich is hosting a private screening at the virtual market. Deputy head of sales acquisitions Moritz Hemminger reported “overwhelming” interest.

IFC Midnight plans a theatrical and on-demand release later this year. IFC Films president Arianna Bocco said Rubikon was “a vivid tale of survival that places the audience at the center of a universal moral dilemma”.

The Playmaker Munich’s EFM sales roster includes Jöns Jönsson’s Encounters selection Axiom; the market premiere of family western Young Winnetou & The Lost Buffalos; and a teaser of upcoming contained space dark comedy Holy Shit!