Sales buoyant despite downturn
Business is shaping up well for German players following last week’s European Film Market at the Berlinale, with a slew of deals for international sales companies and domestic theatrical distribs illustrating that sales were anything but flat.Berlin-based distrib Neue Visionen Filmdistribution picked up theatrical rights to Argentine helmer Adrian Bienez’s drama “Gigante,” about a supermarket guard obsessed with a co-worker, from Cologne-based Match Factory. Pic shared the Grand Prix Silver Bear with Maren Ade’s relationship drama “Alle anderen” (Everyone Else) and won the Alfred Bauer Prize and the first feature nod. Match Factory also inked deals for “Gigante” with France’s Ocean, Golem in Spain, Greece’s Seven One Films, Swiss distrib Xenix, Denmark’s Ost for Paradis, Norway’s Fidalgo, MCF MegaCom for the former Yugoslavia, Midas in Portugal, Manana in Poland, the Netherlands’ Filmmuseum, Cine Colombia in Colombia, South Korea’s Sejong and Gateno Films in Peru. Match Factory sold Claudia Llosa’s Golden Bear-winning Peruvian drama “The Milk of Sorrow” to Arthaus in Norway, Folkets Bio in Sweden, Manana in Poland and MCF Megacom for the former Yugoslavia; it sold Theo Angelopoulos’ “The Dust of Time” to Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Austria (Filmladen), former Yugoslavia (MCF Megacom), the Czech Republic (Aerofilms), Romania (Independenta) and Portugal (Atalanta). Company also inked more sales for Goetz Spielmann’s Austrian drama “Revanche,” including the Netherlands (Amstel Film), Taiwan (Cineplex) and Latin America (Lap-TV). Munich-based TeleMunchen Group acquired Robert Redford’s political thriller “The Company You Keep”; John Carpenter’s “The Ward”; Terry Gilliam’s “Zero Theorem,” with Billy Bob Thornton; and “Elf Minutes,” the adaptation of Paulo Coelhos’ bestseller, directed by “Paradise Now” helmer Hany Abu-Assad. TMG’s distribution units Concorde Filmverleih and Concorde Home Entertainment will handle theatrical and DVD releases, while TMG will oversee free and pay TV as well as VOD sales. Bavaria Film Intl. managed two Japanese deals at a time when demand in that country for European film has dropped dramatically. Company sold Marco Kreuzpaintner’s fantasy epic “Krabat” to Nipponese distrib Transformer and inked a separate deal for Tomas Alfredson’s vampire love story “Let the Right One In,” which has done strong business in the U.S., Europe, Russia and South Korea. Pic will soon premiere in the U.K., Australia and Spain. Bavaria also sold Erik Poppe’s Norwegian thriller “Troubled Water” to Germany’s Kook Distribution, Switzerland’s Look Now!, Seven Group in Greece and Four Corners/Wild Bunch for the Benelux. Ade’s relationship drama “Alle anderen” (Everyone Else), which won the Grand Prix Silver Bear as well as the actress Silver Bear for Birgit Minichmayr, sold to Atalanta in Portugal, and MegaCom for Serbia and Bosnia. For more info on Berlin sales, click here.