‘In Darkness,’ ‘Hell’ find eager buyers

Beta Cinema off to a brisk start

Beta Cinema got off to a brisk start at the European Film Market, racking up sales for Agnieszka Holland’s Polish Holocaust drama “In Darkness” and Tim Fehlbaum’s theatrical debut “Hell.”

“In Darkness,” which is in the running for the foreign-language Oscar, has sold to Good Films in Italy, New Select in Japan, Pure in South Korea, China’s Champs Lis and Conquest in Brazil.

Sony Pictures Classics launched the film in the U.S. on Friday.

The pic has become a major box office success in Poland, where it’s grossed more than $4.5 million.

“Hell,” an apocalyptic thriller, is distributed in the U.S. by Arc Entertainment and in Blighty by Lionsgate U.K. The pic has also sold to Swift in France, Madman for Australia and New Zealand, Against Gravity in Poland and New Select in Japan.

Additionally, Beta inked a deal with Madman for Rudolf van den Berg’s Dutch Holocaust film “Sueskind,” which premiered at the European Film Market on Friday, and sold German B.O. hit “Men in the City II” to Luxor in Russia and Medyavizyon in Turkey.

Hermine Huntgeburth’s German adaptation of Mark Twain’s “Tom Sawyer” went to RAI Cinema in Italy and R Film in Turkey.

Eurozoom nabbed Yasemin Samdereli’s hit German dramedy “Almanya” following the pic’s strong performance in Italy via Teodora.

Beta is also handling world sales for Matthias Glasner’s competition screener “Mercy” and Doris Doerrie’s “Bliss,” which unspools in Berlinale Special.

The company’s other titles include Marcus H. Rosenmueller’s “Summer in Orange,” a 1980-set comedy about a Bhagwan commune in Bavaria; Robert Thalheim’s East German drama “Westwind” and tyke title “Princess Lillifee and the Little Unicorn.”

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