Paris-based Les Films du Losange has announced a raft of international deals on German director Dominik Graf’s Weimar Republic-era drama Fabian which made its world premiere in competition at the online Berlinale last week.
The film has sold to Japan (Moviola), Australia and New Zealand (Palace Films), China (Huanxi Media), South Korea (Alto Media), Taiwan (Swallow Wings), Portugal (Legendmain Filmes), Poland (Aurora), Hungary (Cirko) and the Baltic States (European Film Forum Scanorama).
These deals come hot on the heels of last week’s announcement that Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights.
Berlin-based DCM Film Distribution will release the film in Germany, Austria and Switzerland while Les Films du Losange’s distribution arm handles France.
Set in early 1930s Berlin, the drama stars Tom Schilling as a young man with literary aspirations who, after being fired from his job writing advertising copy, navigates the tumultuous moment in German history between the 1929 market crash and the rise to power of the Nazis in 1933.
An habitué of Berlin’s famed cabaret culture, he meets and embarks on a passionate affair with an aspiring actress and mistress of a Babelsberg Studio mogul, while also trying to protect his wealthy communist best friend from an untimely fate.
The film was well-received by critics covering the Berlinale selection and came in joint second with Introduction on Screen’s Berlin jury grid.