EFM biz boom for German distribs

Studiocanal, Prokino, Capelight busy in Berlin

BERLIN — German distribs stocked up on movies at this year’s European Film Market in Berlin, which saw bustling business.

Studiocanal Germany picked up Leslye Headland’s Sundance screener “The Bachelorette,” starring Kirsten Dunst, Regis Roinsard’s “Populaire,” with Romain Duris and Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”), and Caroline Link’s German drama “Marokko,” starring Ulrich Tukur.

In the run-up to EFM, the company also acquired Robert Zemeckis’ “Flight,” starring Denzel Washington.

Studiocanal is fortifying its German activities with a three-pillar strategy that includes independent acquisitions, German films and in-house international productions, such as Susanne Bier’s “Serena,” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

Studiocanal Germany is also set to release Terrence Malick’s “Lawless” and “Knight of Cups” as well as Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines,” starring Cooper and Ryan Gosling.

The distrib likewise nabbed Blu-ray/DVD rights to Mark Cousins’ 15-part TV series “The Story of Film: An Odyssey,” which unspooled at the Berlinale.

Prokino Filmverleih acquired Bier’s “All You Need Is Love,” starring Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm; Ken Loach’s “The Angel’s Share” and the documentary “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel,” about the influential fashion editor.

Josh Boone’s family drama “Writers,” with Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly, went to Wild Bunch Germany, which also bought Ashton Kutcher heist comedy “Chase Liberty” and Stefano Sollima’s hit Italian police drama “A.C.A.B.: All Cops Are Bastards.”

Wild Bunch’s releases include Angelina Jolie’s Berlinale screener “In the Land of Blood and Honey.”

Capelight Pictures, which is releasing Berlinale opener “Farewell, My Queen” in May, took Klaartje Quirijns’ documentary and Berlinale Special screener “Anton Corbijn Inside Out,” about the Dutch photographer and filmmaker who served on this year’s Berlinale jury; Jennifer Lynch’s “Chained”; Geoffrey Fletcher’s “Violet & Daisy,” starring Saoirse Ronan und Alexis Bledel; Antoine Charreyron’s animated actioner “The Prodigies”; and Rob Margolies’ “She Wants Me.”

MFA+ Film Distribution, which is releasing the Silver Bear-winning “A Royal Affair” in April, acquired Behn Zeitlin’s Sundance winner “Beasts of the Southern Wild” as well as Alice Schmid’s Swiss doc and Berlinale Generation Kplus opener “The Children from the Napf” as well as Marion Huetter’s poetry slam doc and Perspektive Deutsches Kino screener “Rhymers and Rivals.”

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