German companies see brisk biz
Teutonic players are tooting their horns at the Market.Bavaria’s Competition contender “Requiem” has already sold to several top territories; Berlin-based distrib Eastern European Acquisitions Pool and Beta Cinema are also reporting sizeable activity. Italy’s Lucky Red and French distrib Ocean Film jumped on “Requiem,” Hans-Christian Schmid’s fact-based tale of an exorcism gone awry. EEAP picked up Detlev Buck’s Berlinale Panorama screener “Tough Enough” for Central and Eastern European distribution. Company acquired rights for the film, about a young man trying to survive in Berlin’s tough working-class, ethnically mixed borough of Neukoelln, directly from Buck and Claus Boje’s Berlin company, Boje Buck Produktion. Michael Weber’s Match Factory is handling world sales for “Tough Enough” outside of Eastern Europe and Germany. Beta Cinema, meanwhile, has obtained three new productions for international distribution: Stefan Ruzowitzky’s “The Counterfeiter,” Simon Gross’ “Fata Morgana” and Florian Baxmeyer’s “The Three Investigators.” “The Counterfeiter” is the story of Salomon Spiranoff, counterfeiter extraordinaire, who was living the high life until he got arrested and shipped off to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in 1944. In order to survive, he agrees to help the Nazis in an organized counterfeit operation set up to help finance the war effort. Hamburg-based Magnolia and Vienna’s Aichholzer are producing the pic, which starts shooting next month in Berlin and Vienna. Falcom Media will release it in Germany. Karl Markovics, August Diehl and Dolores Chaplin star. Enigma’s “Fata Morgana,” about a couple who lose their way while touring the Moroccan desert and find themselves in the hands of an enigmatic savior, also starts shooting in March in Morocco.