Global Screen Adds ‘Life!’ to Berlin Market Sales Slate

Sales company has five market premieres at the European Film Market

LONDON — Global Screen, which has five market premieres at the European Film Market in Berlin, has added “Auf das Leben!” (To Life!) to its sales slate.

Pic is a “Harold and Maude”-like story of two people who are very different yet give each other a reason to live. It is helmed by Uwe Janson, who was BAFTA nommed for miniseries “The Sinking of the Laconia,” and penned by Thorsten Wettcke.

The film, which shot late last year, centers on aging cabaret singer Ruth, played by Hannelore Elsner (“No Place to Go”). She is sarcastic yet warm-hearted, and, despite a traumatic childhood, stands with both feet planted firmly in the midst of life. It is only when her apartment is sold to finance a move to a senior citizens’ home that her flame begins to flicker.

Jonas, played by Max Riemelt (“The Red Cockatoo”), is in his late twenties, lives in a minibus after splitting up with his girlfriend, and is fighting the first signs of a serious illness. After a chance encounter with Ruth, they form a strong bond.

Pic is produced by Alice Brauner for CCC Filmkunst, and co-produced by ZDF and MZ-Film.

Buyers will get a sneak peek of the pic’s trailer in Berlin.

Global Screen arrives in Berlin with one title in competition, Dominik Graf’s “Beloved Sisters,” and five market premieres.

The market premieres include “Beltracchi — The Art of Forgery,” a docu feature directed by Arne Birkenstock (“The Sound of Heimat,” “Chandani und ihr Elefant”), about Wolfgang Beltracchi, the notorious art forger.

Also in the market lineup is “The Green Prince,” which plays in Sundance’s World Cinema Documentary Competition. It is written and directed by Nadav Schirman, whose “In the Darkroom” played in competition at last year’s IDFA. The real-life thriller tells the story of one of Israel’s most prized intelligence sources, the son of a top Hamas leader. Schirman produces alongside Oscar-winning producers Simon Chinn (“Searching for Sugar Man,” “Man on Wire”) and John Battsek (“One Day in September”).

Also on the slate is Frauke Finsterwalder’s feature debut, “Finsterworld,” which was a surprise success in German cinemas, attracting 75,000 admissions. It took awards in Montreal and Zurich. The funny yet subtly terrifying film features an all-star German cast, which includes Corinna Harfouch (“Downfall,” “A Year Ago in Winter”), Ronald Zehrfeld (“Barbara”) and Sandra Hueller (“Requiem,” “Brownian Movement”).

Another market premiere is “Pinocchio,” a part animated, part live-action family entertainment film, which Global Screen has presold to Poland, South Korea, Russia, South America, India, Middle East, Slovenia, Estonia, Slovakia and Hungary.

The modern retelling of Carlo Collodi’s story stars Mario Adorf, best-known for his appearance in the Academy Award-winning “The Tin Drum,” Inka Friedrich (“Summer in Berlin”), Sandra Hueller (“Requiem”), Ulrich Tukur (“The White Ribbon”) and Benjamin Sadler (“Dresden”).

And finally, there is Gregor Schnitzler’s “Gaming Instinct,” which tells the story of a brainy but abrasive high-school outsider, who teams up with one of the school’s alpha males The pair hatch a plot to blackmail a teacher.

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