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Senator, Telepool find ‘Genius’

Grandage drama one of three acquisitions

BERLIN

German indie distrib Senator Film has picked up three films in the wake of the American Film Market, including Michael Grandage’s “Genius,” starring Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender.

Penned by “Skyfall” scribe John Logan, “Genius” is based on A. Scott Berg’s “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius,” about the real-life relationship between writer Thomas Wolfe and editor Max Perkins.

Partnering with international sales group Telepool on the acquisitions, Senator also took P.J. Hogan’s romantic comedy “And So it Goes,” with Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas, and Terry Jones’ sci-fi comedy “Absolutely Anything,” which features fellow “Monty Python” members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin along with Robin Williams.

Senator has been on a buying spree following the success of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s “The Intouchables,” still the highest earning film of the year in Germany with a box office of $80 million.

Earlier this month the Berlin-based distrib landed Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master”; Yaron Zilberman’s “A Late Quartet,” starring Christopher Walken and Philip Seymour Hoffman; and Janet Tobias’ documentary “No Place on Earth.”

Other recent acquisitions include David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and “Zaytoun,” by Eran Riklis (“Lemon Tree”).

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