The production by Zodiac Pictures' Lukas Hobi and Reto Schaerli features Nils Althaus, who will represent Switzerland at next month's Shooting Stars initiative in Berlin, and Melanie Winiger, who was nominated for a Swiss Film Award for her performance. Since working on Breakout, Zodiac and Eschmann came together again for the shooting of a comedy about Swiss national hero Wilhelm Tell. Tell was filmed on location in the Swiss Alps and at the MMC Studios in Cologne.
In addition, Telepool will be handling sales for the fourth instalment of Joachim Masannek's The Wild Soccer Bunch franchise, The Wild Soccer Bunch 4 (Die wilden kerle 4), which the German office of Buena Vista International will release on February 1. Last year, the third part was seen by over 2m cinema-goers in Germany, and deals were concluded with over 25 countries for the first three films.
A third pickup is Johannes Schmid's feature debut Silly's Sweet Summer (Bloede muetze!) which will have its world premiere in the Berlinale's Generation Kplus competition as well as a market premiere at the EFM. Produced by Erfurt-based Kinderfilm and Munich's Schlicht & Ergreifend Filmproduktion, the film is described by producer-director Schmid as 'a realistic,amusing and moving story about friendship, family and the big adventure that is growing up'.
Telepool will also be screening Frieder Wagner's documentary Deadly Dust about the investigations of the German doctor Siegwart-Horst Guenther and his American colleagues into the suffering of local children as a consequence of uranium-enriched ammunition used in the wars in Kosovo, Bosnia and Iraq. The film will be shown as part of this year's 'Cinema for Peace Selection' under the patronage of Richard Gere during the Berlinale.