Beta’s Cannes Market titles also include family film The Tigerduck Gang.
Til Schweiger’s latest box-office success Kokowääh (the title refers to a child’s pronounciation of coq au vin) is one of four films being lined up by Beta Cinema for international market premieres at Cannes’ Marché du Film.
Schweiger’s romantic comedy, which is his third film in four years as producer, director, scriptwriter and lead actor after the two Rabbit Without Ears films, has posted 4.2m admissions and taken around Euros 30m at the German box office, making it the most successful German film to date in 2011.
The Munich-based sales company will also be presenting market premieres of
· Sebastian Grobler’s feature debut Lessons Of A Dream (Der ganz grosse Traum), starring Daniel Brühl, Burghart Klaussner and Justus von Dohnányi, is based on the true story of how young teacher introduced the game of football to Germany’s school playing fields in 1874.
· Hans Steinbichler’s family drama Promising The Moon (Das Blaue vom Himmel), starring Juliane Köhler, Hannelore Elsner, David Kross and Karoline Herfurth, which received the Bavarian Film Award for Best Film last January and will be released in Germany by NFP marketing and distribution on June 2.
· The family animated feature for six to nine-year-olds The Tigerduck Gang based on the bestselling children’s adventures by Janosch, which will be released theatrically in Germany by MFA.
Meanwhile, Berlin-based production house credo:film has announced that Beta Cinema will handle international sales on its production of Robert Thalheim’s third feature film Westwind, based on the true story of two East German twin sisters and their summer trip to Hungary in 1988
Westwind, which was shot in Germany and at Hungary’s Lake Balaton last May, is currently in the final stages of post-production.
The production, which had its world premiere in the Berlinale’s Forum last February, has already been sold by credo:film to Japan’s Image Forum/Daguerro Press in an all-rights deal.
Sattel’s film has assumed an added topicality and importance since the nuclear plant disaster in Fukushima, according to Image Forum’s president Katsue Tomiyama “We hope this film will widen views and stimulate active discussions on nuclear power and the energy policy in Japan,” he said.
credo:film is currently “in negotiations” with further European and English-speaking territories for the film which opened Munich’s dok.fest on Wednesday.