Film Movement Buys Neolithic Drama ‘Iceman’ for North America (EXCLUSIVE)

Film Movement has acquired all North American distribution rights to the drama “Iceman,” written and directed by Felix Randau, Variety has learned exclusively.

“Iceman,” which premiered in August at the Locarno Film Festival, centers on the final days of an Alps dweller about 5,300 years ago. “Iceman” will have a multi-platform U.S. release in the spring of 2018.

The deal was announced Saturday at the American Film Market. Michael E. Rosenberg, president of Film Movement and Dirk Schuerhoff, CEO of Beta Cinema, brokered the deal.

Ever since German tourists discovered the perfectly preserved mummy of Otzi in an Austrian glacier in 1991, archaeologists have been obsessed with the nomad’s backstory. Inspired by the scientific studies of the mummy, Randau wrote the fictional story of Kelab, played by German star Jurgen Vogel as a hunter and keeper of his Alpine clan’s holy shrine. After seeing his tribe murdered and the holy shrine stolen, Kelab sets out for vengeance. The film was shot entirely in an early version of the Rhaetic language.

“Iceman” is produced by Port au Prince Film & Kultur Produktion in co-production with Echo Film, Lucky Bird Pictures and Amour Fou Vienna.  Suzanne Wuest, Franco Nero, Andre M. Hennicke, Violetta Schurawlow, Sabin Tambrea and Axel Stein also star.

“I was swept up in Randau’s epic, based on an archaeological obsession,” said Rosenberg. “And though we know of Otzi’s eventual fate, audiences will no doubt be taken with the world’s oldest whodunit, a lavishly produced drama shot in a dialect that’s never been heard on the big screen, in a manner that requires no translation or subtitles.”

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