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Picture Tree International Clinches Sales Across Its AFM Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

Berlin-based Picture Tree International has scored deals across its slate, including on “Night of a 1000 Hours,” “Egon Schiele – Death and the Maiden,””Original Bliss,” “The Most Beautiful Day” and “The Midwife” at the American Film Market.

Austrian helmer Virgil Widrich’s sophomore outing, “Night of a 1000 Hours” sold to South Korea (Company L), China (Hualu), World Wide Inflight (Encore), Turkey (Sinema TV). The movie recently won the Flash Forward Audience Award at Busan Film Festival. It had its North American premiere at the Chicago fest.

Penned and directed by Widrich, the movie follows members of the Ullich family as they gather at their palace in Vienna and receive a surprise visit from deceased ancestors who start revealing the criminal machinations at play within the family.

“Night of a 1000 Hours” marks Widrich’s follow up to “Brighter Than The Moon” which competed at Rotterdam. His 2001 short “Copy Shop” earned an Oscar nomination, while his 2003 animated short “Fast Film” premiered at Cannes.

“Egon Schiele – Death and The Maiden,” a biopic of the influential Austrian painter, was acquired for Switzerland (Praesens Film), China (Hulau) and Colombia (Cine Colombia).

Helmed by actor-turned-director Dieter Berner, “Egon Schiele” was previously pre-sold to Germany (Alamode), Japan (New Select), South Korea (TCast), Czech Slovakia (Cinemart), Taiwan (Joint Entertainment) and Ex-Yugoslavia (2i Film). The movie will be released in Germany on Wednesday by Alamode.

“Original Bliss,” an adaptation of Scottish author A.L. Kennedy’s 1997 short story starring Martina Gedeck (“The Lives of Others”) and Ulrich Tukur (“The White Ribbon”), sold to China (Hualu), Japan (At Entertainment), Taiwan (Av-Jet), Greece (Danaos) and Ex-Yugoslavia (Fivia).”Original Bliss” premiered at Karlovy Vary, where it won the Fipresci and Europa Cinema Label award.

After selling more than 1.6 million admissions in Germany, Florian David Fitz’s road trip comedy “The Most Beautiful Day” was picked up for Italy (Nomad), Latin America (Amarok) and Spain (Twelve Oaks Pictures). Previous deals were inked for Turkey (Sinema TV), Hungary/Czech Slovakia (Prorom), China (Hulau/Binci), World Wide Inflight (Encore) and Taiwan (Way Sen International).

Meanwhile, the Finnish film “The Midwife,” Antti J. Jokinen’s follow up to Hilary Swank starrer “The Resident” and “Purge,” sold to the U.K. (Kaleidoscope). The movie has also been sold to Southeast Asia (Astro), Turkey (Sinem TV), Germany (Lighthouse), South Korea (Entermode), China (Vinery) and HBO Europe.

“Heart of Stone,” Johannes Naber’s mystery-filled love story set in Germany’s Black Forest, and starring Frederik Lau (“Victoria”) and Moritz Bleibtreu (“Run Lola Run”, “Woman in Gold”), was picked up by Taiwan (Creative Century Entertainment), China (Hulau) and Turkey (Sinema TV).
“Heart of Stone” is based on Wilhelm Hauff’s 1827 dark fairy tale and marks Hauff’s third film, following “The Albanian” and “Age of Cannibals.” The movie is currently playing in Germany, where Weltkino is handling.

Picture Tree International also clinched sales on Marie Kreutzer’s Austrian comedy “We Used to be Cool” which world premiered at Zurich and has had a healthy B.O. run in Austria; Radek Bajgar’s feature debut “Tiger Theory,” which so far ranks as this year’s biggest hit in the Czech Republic.

“Tiger Theory” was picked up for China (Hualu) and Taiwan (Av-Jet), while “We Used to be Cool” was picked up for Germany (Movienet), Switzerland (Praesens Film), China (Hugoeast), World Wide Inflight (Encore) and Turkey (Sinema TV).

Picture Tree International also sold its newly acquired drama, Reha Erdem’s “Big Big World,” winner of two awards at Venice, to China (Time-In-Portrait).

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