BERLIN — German distribs continue to beef up muscular slates with Concorde Film recently nabbing Kevin Macdonald’s historical epic “The Eagle of the Ninth,” starring Channing Tatum, and Prokino picking up Julian Schnabel’s Palestinian tale “Miral,” starring Freida Pinto and Hiam Abbass, and Ferzan Ozpetek’s gay Italian drama “Mine vaganti” (Loose Cannons).
Despite Germany’s dynamic box office, indie distribs have been increasingly picky about acquisitions, with star vehicles or auteur pics with wide audience appeal garnering the most interest.
Prokino topper Ira von Gienanth said her company is focusing on crossover titles that attract bigger auds than straight arthouse fare, while Concorde managing director Markus Zimmer added: “I think that given the present, very competitive, situation in the cinemas, distributors are more selective and go for titles with the potential to work well theatrically, and with great TV value.”
Concorde has also stocked up on top fare from its output deal with Summit Ent., including Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” starring Brad Pitt; Robert Schwentke’s “Red,” with Bruce Willis; and Jodie Foster’s “The Beaver,” starring Mel Gibson, not to mention the latest “Twilight” installment, “Breaking Dawn,” for 2011.
It’s also unleashing the upcoming “Iron Man 2,” as well as Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.”
Senator Film appears to be following a similar path with its acquisitions, among them Sam Taylor-Wood’s John Lennon biopic “Nowhere Boy,” starring Aaron Johnson (“Kick-Ass”); Nicole Kassell’s “Earthbound,” with Kate Hudson and Gael Garcia Bernal; and Donald Petrie’s upcoming “Cover Girl.”
Senator is also co-producing Julie Delpy’s “2 Days in New York,” the sequel to her 2007 drama “2 Days in Paris,” and Oliver Schmitz’s South African drama “Chandra’s Secret.”