Film based on real case

BERLIN — Bavaria Film Intl. has picked up international rights to Esther Gronenborn’s mystery thriller “Kaifeck Murder,” starring Alexandra Maria Lara (“Control”) and Benno Fuermann (“Speed Racer”).

While the German pic is a fictional story, it is based on a real multiple murder case from the 1920s in which six people were butchered with a pickaxe in the small Bavarian village of Kaifeck. The case was never solved.

The story, which has become the subject of several novels and non-fiction works, serves as the basis for the modern-day thriller.

Pic revolves around a journalist investigating a story in Kaifeck who is confronted with a mysterious and perilous connection to the events in the past, endangering his and his son’s life.

Munich-based 24 Frames Film is producing the film in co-production with SevenPictures, Neue Kinowelt Filmproduktion and Cinemendo.

Kinowelt will release “Kaifeck Murder” domestically in 2009.

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