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Music Box Takes North American Rights to Berlinale Competition Pic ‘Beloved Sisters’

LONDON — Global Screen has sold Dominik Graf’s Berlinale competition title “Beloved Sisters” to Music Box for the U.S. and Canada, and to Curious for Australia and New Zealand.

The pic examines the passionate love triangle between two aristocratic sisters and Friedrich Schiller, hothead and rising poet of his time. What begins playfully, almost as a game between the three of them, soon turns serious.

In his review for Variety, Scott Foundas wrote, “Graf has created an unusually intelligent costume drama of bold personalities torn between the stirrings of the heart and the logic of the mind.”

“Dominik Graf, his wonderful performers and production team have brought the Romantic Era and the lives of Schiller and the von Lengefeld sisters to life for 21st century audiences with captivating complexity, detail and drama,” Music Box m.d. Edward Arentz said. 

Sarah Noonan, Curious’ operations manager stated, “We were captivated by ‘Beloved Sisters’ when we first saw the film, and it fits perfectly with Curious’ ambition to carefully curate and present the best of quality world cinema to discerning Australian and New Zealand audiences.

“It is an exquisite and beautifully detailed film and we are delighted to be working with Global Screen to bring the film to Antipodean movie lovers.”

Pic is produced by Bavaria Filmverleih- und Produktions GmbH in co-production with Wega Film WS Filmproduction, Senator Film Produktion, and WDR, BR, Degeto, ARTE, and ORF, and supported by MDM, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, FFF Bayern, FFA, and Deutscher Filmfoerderfonds.

Pic had its world premiere at Berlin. Global Screen is handling international sales for both the 170 minute festival version as well as the 138 minute theatrical cut, which will be released by Senator Film Verleih in Germany on July 31.

Julia Weber, head of theatrical sales at Global Screen, stated, “We’re very pleased to announce that the first two key territories for ‘Beloved Sisters’ have been sold during the Berlinale. We are happy to start our first-time collaboration with Curious, and to continue our long-term relationship with Music Box with such a poetic and beautiful movie that stands out from other costume dramas with its exceptional intelligence, tenderness and modern appeal.”

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