ChenKaige's The Promise, which screened at the Berlinale last week, will be one of the firsttitles to be released theatrically in Germany as part of a new venture betweenDatty Ruth's VCL Film + Medien and the 3Rosen Filmverleih.


Germanywill handle billing and booking on Kaige's fantasy epic, while 3Rosen will beresponsible for press and marketing, said 3Rosen's co-managing directorCornelia Weiss.

Before ThePromise goes out,the first film to be released as part of the VCL/3Rosen venture will be PaulAbascal's action thriller Paparazzi on March 23, with Warner Bros again onboard distribution partner.

Futurereleases will include Steve Woolley's Stoned, The Libertine and Mee-Shee's The Watergiant.

Weiss saidthat the partner for booking and billing would on a film-by-film basis.