Stations of the Cross Review

LONDON — Dietrich Brueggemann’s “Stations of the Cross,” which won the Berlinale’s Silver Bear for script, and Edward Berger’s Berlin competition entry “Jack” were Beta Cinema’s hot sellers at the European Film Market in Berlin.

“Stations of the Cross” was acquired for France (Memento), U.K. (Arrow Films), Italy (Satine Film), Spain (Caramel), Poland (Aurora), Benelux (Wildbunch), Portugal (Vendetta Films), Greece (7 Films), Scandinavia and Baltics (Nonstop), former Yugoslavia (Discovery) and Hungary (Circo). Further interest is coming from the U.S. and Australia.

“Jack” will be released in France by Diaphana, in Japan by Showgate, in Norway by Europa Films, in Greece by Strada and in Hungary by Circo.

Maximilian Erlenwein’s “Stereo,” which ran in Panorama Special and stars Juergen Vogel and Moritz Bleibtreu, was picked up by Korea’s Sejong. Vietnam’s A Company acquired Philipp Stoelzl’s box-office hit “The Physician,” which stars Ben Kingsley and Stellan Skarsgard.

Uberto Pasolini’s Venice Orizzonti-winning “Still Life” was sold to Germany/Austria (Piffl), Spain (Contracorriente Filmes) and Japan (Bitters End). Academy Award nominated “Two Lives” by Georg Maas with Liv Ullmann was picked up by Australia/New Zealand (Rialto), Spain (Karma), Portugal (Films4You), Brazil (Esfera Films) and Colombia (Cineplex).

Australia’s Pinnacle, Colombia’s Cine Colombia and Delta Films (Peru/Ecuador/Bolivia) secured the rights for “The Devil’s Violinist” by Bernard Rose, starring David Garrett. Flins&Piniculas will bring the Enid Blyton sequel “Famous Five III” to Spanish theaters, and Just Films will release it in the Benelux territories.

Anna Mastro’s U.S. indie “Walter,” starring William H. Macy and Virginia Madsen, was sold on script basis to Korea (Cinema Republic) and Turkey (Codex). The Hungarian Academy Award entry “Le Grand Cahier” was sold to Poland (Aurora). “Back on Track” will be released in Israel by Orlando and in Japan by New Select.

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