Kinowelt stocks up on Bioskop films

Library fills gap in company's German portfolio

COLOGNE — Leipzig-based Kinowelt has inked a deal for global distribution rights to the library of Bioskop Film, which Kinowelt says fills a gap in its portfolio of German cinema.

Bioskop Film was founded in 1973 by Eberhard Junkersdorf along with directors Volker Schlondorff and Reinhard Hauff. The library comprises some 40 films by Schlondorff, Hauff as well as by helmers like Margarethe von Trotta or Louis Malle.

Kinowelt claims that it now offers the most significant back catalog of German cinema from 1970 to 2000.

“Including Bioskop’s library, we are noticeably boosting our profile in a genre with strong demand on the film markets,” said Stelios Ziannis, head of Kinowelt’s global distribution.

Kinowelt’s program covers some 400 titles, half of which would be considered New German Cinema. A further 70 pics make the popular classics segment of commercial hits such as the Edgar Wallace thriller series of the 1960s, which was recently sold to Russia.

According to a spokesman, the deal with Bioskop had already been on the desk five years ago, but was postponed because of Kinowelt’s bankruptcy.

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