Cannes: Music Box Nabs U.S. Rights

German slacker dramedy was top winner at local film awards

Music Box has acquired U.S. rights to German art-house hit “Oh Boy,” which is being handled in international markets by Beta Cinema.

Jan Ole Gerster’s Berlin-set slacker dramedy has been one of the biggest local hits in Germany this year, grossing more than $2 million. It was the big winner at the German Academy Awards, receiving six prizes, including film, script, helmer, actor (Tom Schilling) and supporting actor.

Oh Boy” previously went to Japan (Cetera), Russia (P&I Films), Hungary (Cirko), Norway (Fidalgo), Serbia/Montenegro (Discovery) and Mexico (Cinema Nueva Era). It will be released in Benelux by ABC-Cinemien on May 30, and in France by Diaphana on June 5.

Music Box’s managing director Ed Arentz said: “Jan Ole Gerster has created a seemingly off-hand Berlin-set ‘Catcher in the Rye’ and found a perfect lead in Tom Schilling. With the release of this film in the U.S., we disavow any responsibility for the likely increased influx of American slackers to Berlin.”

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