LONDON — Munich-based Beta Cinema has picked up international sales duties on three Toronto Film Festival entries, Giulio Ricciarelli’s post-war drama “Labyrinth of Lies,” Christian Zuepert’s tragi-comic road movie “Tour De Force,” and dark comedy “Farewell Party” by the writer/director duo Sharon Maymon and Tal Grant.
All three films are in the World Cinema section of Toronto fest, which runs Sept. 4 to 14.
In “Labyrinth of Lies,” Alexander Fehling (“Inglorious Basterds”) plays a young public prosecutor who sets out on an uncompromising search for truth in the late 1950s. Struggling to navigate a succession of obstacles, he faces a system that makes it easier to forget than to remember.
Ricciarelli’s debut feature was produced by Claussen+Woebke+Putz and Naked Eye. Universal will release the film in Germany in November.
“Tour De Force,” starring Florian David Fitz (“Vincent Wants to Sea”), recently premiered in the Piazza Grande in Locarno. Zuepert (“Three Quarter Moon”) tells a comical yet touching story about a bicycle journey that changes the characters’ lives forever.
Pic also stars Juergen Vogel (“The Wave”), Julia Koschitz (“Ghost Hunters”) and Hannelore Elsner (“Cherry Blossoms”). Florian Gallenberger and Benjamin Herrman produced the feature, which Majestic will release in October in Germany.
“The Farewell Party” is a compassionate dark comedy from Israel about friendship and knowing when to say goodbye. A bunch of seniors at an old-age home construct a self-suicide device to help their dying friend end his life with dignity. The pic, which is produced by Pie Films and 2Team in co-production with Pallas Film, will bow at Venice Film Festival’s parallel section Venice Days, and will have its North American premiere in Toronto.