Film unit kicks off with 'Road'

BERLIN — Paramount Pictures Germany will start operating next year with the Jan. 15 release of Sam Mendes’ “Revolutionary Road,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

The distrib will pick up two years after UIP ceased to exist and Universal Pictures Intl. took over German distribution of its own films as well as those of Paramount and DreamWorks.

The final Par film to go out via Universal will be DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” which hits theaters Dec. 4.

Par Germany’s 2009 highlights include J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek,” opening May 7, and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” on June 25.

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