Beta presells Agnieszka Holland's 'In Darkness' to several territories
COLOGNE — Sundance Selects has captured U.S. rights to World War II tragicomedy “My Best Enemy.”Wolfgang Murnberger’s pic, which toplines Moritz Bleibtreu, played in Berlinale’s main section out of competition in February. Munich-based Beta Cinema, which sold “Best Enemy,” reported further sales Friday, including presales on Agnieszka Holland’s “In Darkness,” which toplines Robert Wieckiewicz and Benno Fuermann, based on the true story of Polish Jews who survived WWII in the sewers of Lvov. Pic went to the U.K. (Metrodome), Australia/New Zealand (Roadshow Films), Mexico (Cine Video), Hong Kong (Edko) and China (Champs Lis International). It was picked up earlier by Sony Classics for the U.S., Alta for Spain, and Lev Cinemas for Israel. Teutonic sci-fi thriller “Hell,” which is produced by Roland Emmerich and features Hannah Herzsprung and Stipe Erceg, sold to Russia’s Carmen Film and China’s Champs Lis. The latter also picked up German Film Award winner “Vincent Wants to Sea” and Spanish Goya winner “Black Bread.” German arthouse hit “Almanya,” which has grossed $10.2 million locally, was bought by Moonlight Films (Benelux), Lightbox (Greece), BMP (South Korea) and Swallow Wings (Taiwan). Historic soccer pic “Lessons of a Dream,” starring Daniel Bruehl, was sold to Japan (Gaga). Til Schweiger’s “Kokowaah,” the most successful German film of the year with a B.O. of $43.3 million, was sold to Taiwan’s Swallow Wings, and talks with Spanish distributors are about to wrap.