Koch Media nabs 'Plush,' 'Darlings'
BERLIN — Territory deals continue in Germany in the wake of the Berlinale’s European Film Market, which reported record attendance of close to 8,000 participants from 100 countries, up 15% on last year.Swiss-German entertainment group Ascot Elite picked up a slew of high-profile titles for German-speaking Europe, including Brian De Palma’s thriller “Passion,” starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, from Said Ben Said’s SBS Prods., and John S. Baird’s black comedy “Filth,” an adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel starring James McAvoy and Jamie Bell, from producer Egoli Tossel and Sierra/Affinity. Ascot Elite also nabbed Sierra/Affinity’s werewolf thriller “Wer,” by William Brent Bell (“The Devil Inside”), who penned the script with Matthew Peterman. Likewise going out via Ascot Elite will be Voltage Pictures’ “Don Jon’s Addiction,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s feature debut about a young man struggling with an Internet porn addiction, in which he stars with Scarlett Johansson. Additional acquisitions included ZDF Enterprises’ Swedish hit political thriller “Agent Hamilton — In the Interest of the Nation,” an adaptation of Jan Guillou’s bestseller, directed by Kathrine Windfeld; SC Film’s supernatural thriller “When the Lights Went Out,” by Pat Holden; and Content’s Sundance screener “The Pact.” Koch Media inked a high number of deals, acquiring Catherine Hardwicke’s erotic thriller “Plush,” starring Evan Rachel Woods, and John Krokidas’ fact-based murder drama “Kill Your Darlings,” featuring Daniel Radcliffe as beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Also in Koch Media’s basket is Sue Kramer’s “The Locals,” starring Shirley MacLaine and Alan Arkin; Kevin Greutert’s psychological thriller “Jessabellem”; and Oskar Thor Axelsson’s Icelandic crime drama “Black’s Game,” exec produced by Nicolas Winding Refn. Separately, Koch Media inked an online distribution deal with Lovefilm, Europe’s leading online entertainment subscription service. It covers films including Oliver Hirschbiegel’s “Five Minutes of Heaven,” Jan Kounen’s “Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky” and Roger Spottiswoode’s “The Children of Huang Shi,” as well as genre titles such as “The Six Wives of Henry Lefay” and “Night Train.”