Thriller genre sees bustling biz
Not everything is as high-minded as “Elementary Particles” or as crowd-pleasing as “Prairie Home Companion.”There’s a slew of low-brow genre pics jostling for attention at the Martin Gropius Bau and a number of them — think titles with words like “Chainsaw” and “Satan” — are racking up deals. IDT Entertainment’s Andrew Berman reports “lots of interest in the company’s library. We’re doing deals and meeting major buyers. They’re all congregating here.” Adam Welles, VP at Fries Film, is shopping thriller-chiller “The Covenant” and horror film “Cookers.” “This is the first year us genre guys are together here. Berlin is under-developed but it can only get stronger,” Welles said. First Look’s exec VP Ken DuBow said he is “cleaning up” on “Minotaur” and “The Breed.” “This is the first time we’ve seen genre buyers here,” Dubow said. Armen Dishdishyan, VP at Central Partnership, pointed in particular to lots of interest from Asian buyers. Much of the activity at the Bau has to do with the vacuum left in mid-winter now that the American Film Market has moved from March to November. Berlin in brief has the field to itself during the snowy months. “It’s easier for buyers to fly in, saturate themselves for three or four days and then go home from Berlin than it was form the AFM,” said CinemaVault VP Natalie Kampelmacher. Italo-based Minerva Pictures Loris Curci called business “surprisingly good.” “I guess,” she added, “buyers are coming because there’s no MIFED.” “Lycantropous,” a Werewolf pic, has just sold to Greece, Thailand, the MidEast, Turkey and Hungary, while “Hell’s Fever” has gone to Germany, Greece, Thailand, Taiwan and Korea. Pierre David, CEO at Imagination, is selling woman-hunted-by-psycho-in-the-woods pic called “Blood Trails.” “We have sold half the world already at this market and have very strong interest from the other half,” he said. Deals already closed include Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, Russia, Eastern Europe and Thailand. “We’re also in serious discussions with the U.K. All our distributors are here except the Australians. We like the concept of AFM, Berlin and Cannes. That’s the perfect set up.”
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