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Beta adopts ‘Clown and the Fuhrer’

Film looks at plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler

BARCELONA — German sales company Beta Film has taken international TV rights outside Spain on the prize-laden made-for “El Pallasso i el fuehrer” (The Clown and the Fuhrer).

A historical and ethical drama set under the Third Reich, “Clown” is produced by Barcelona-based Benece and Catalan pubcaster TV3.

The pic turns on an imagined private performance given by Charlie Rivel, a celebrated Spanish clown, in front of Adolf Hitler in Berlin in 1944.

A Gestapo agent wants to take part in the show, dressed as a clown. Meanwhile, a third clown plans an assassination attempt on the dictator.

“Clown” is helmed by Eduard Cortes (“Other Days Will Come,” “Nobody’s Life”) and is toplined by Ferran Rane, Jordi Martinez, Manel Barcelo and Pere Arquillue.

“‘Clown’ is about our attitudes and ethical commitments in the face of horror and injustice… universal themes,” said David Matamoros, executive producer at Benece.

“We were very positively surprised about the very good acting. (…). We believe that we’ll have positive reactions, especially but not exclusively from free-to-air broadcasters with arthouse slots,” Christian Gockel, Beta’s VP for sales & acquisitions, told Variety.

“Clown” has nabbed numerous awards, including a jury mention at Brazil’s Cinesul Fest, best pic at California’s San Joaquin Film Festival, top pic at Alaska’s Anchorage Festival and an audience award at Spain’s Zoom Igualada.

Eduardo Cortes is now prepping a new feature, “Ingrid/MySpace,” about the last months of a young performance artist who died under puzzling circumstances.

Ed Meza contributed to this article.

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