German helmer won an Oscar with 'Nowhere in Africa'
Adopt Films has taken all U.S. rights to Caroline Link’s relationship drama “Exit Marrakech,” following the pic’s U.S. preem at the Hamptons Film Festival. Deal was inked with the pic’s sales agent and co-producer, ARRI Worldsales.
The film centers on the difficult relationship between a respected theater director and his rebellious teenage son during a trip to Marrakech, which is followed by a cathartic road trip across Morocco.
It is the second collaboration between Link and producer Peter Herrmann, who also produced Link’s Oscar-winning family drama “Nowhere in Africa.” As in that film, Link again dramatically blends exotic locations with intensely personal stories, layering a visual and emotional journey with depictions of the haves and the have-nots.
The film stars Ulrich Tukur (“John Rabe,” “The White Ribbon,” “The Lives of Others”), Josef Bierbichler (“A Year Ago in Winter,” “The White Ribbon”), Hafsia Herzi (“The Secret of the Grain,” “House of Tolerance”), Marie-Lou Sellem (“No Regrets,” “Gangs”), and newcomer Samuel Schneider.
Adopt’s prexy Tim Grady negotiated the deal with ARRI Worldsales’ director of sales and acquisitions, Moritz Hemminger.
Adopt plans an early summer 2014 U.S. release for “Exit Marrakech,” which will be released in Germany by Studiocanal on Oct. 27.
Grady said: ”It is a rare privilege to have the opportunity to team up with an artist of the caliber of Caroline Link. ‘Exit Marrakech’ provides for U.S. audiences a gateway to one of the least well traveled, yet one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Caroline finds humanity in the least expected places, and that is what makes her such a wonderful humanist artist.”
Adopt released another high-profile German drama, Christian Petzold’s “Barbara,” late last year, with a staggered rollout continuing until this summer. It debuts Sophie Huber’s Venice and SXSW selection “Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction” next week in New York and Los Angeles, and recently released the Academy Award short-listed “Sister,” Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Cafe de Flore,” Miguel Gomez’s “Tabu,” and Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s “Caesar Must Die.”
ARRI’s slate also includes Edgar Reitz’s epic family drama “Die Andere Heimat” (Home From Home), which had its international premiere in Venice and played in Toronto. Deals for multiple territories are being negotiated.
ARRI has a strong focus on commercial films and will screen Alain Gsponer’s family feature “The Little Ghost” for the first time at the American Film Market early next month.