Par Classics to take Teuton laffer ‘Martha’

Nettelbeck pic has screened in Locarno, Toronto fests

Paramount Classics has picked up North America, English-speaking territories and Latin American distribution rights to the German-language comedy “Mostly Martha,” written and directed by Sandra Nettelbeck.

Pic, whose sales are being handled by Munich-based sales entity Bavaria Film Intl., screened at the Locarno and Toronto film fests. Starring Martina Gedeck, Maxime Foerste, Sibylle Canonica, Katja Studt, August Zirner and Sergio Castellitto, “Martha” was produced by Karl Baumgartner and Christoph Friedel of Pandora Film.

Set in a chic restaurant in Hamburg, pic concerns how a single woman’s rigidly ordered career-driven world is turned upside down when she opens her home to a little girl and her heart to her high-spirited Italian competition in the kitchen.

“We were so enormously impressed with how ‘Mostly Martha’ perfectly blended such joyfulness and honesty, we immediately knew we wanted to work with Sandra and her tremendous actors,” said Par Classics co-prexys Ruth Vitale and David Dinerstein.

Nettelbeck directed the short film “A Certain Grace.”

“Sandra Nettelbeck’s feature film debut is astonishingly well-balanced and very mature already,” said Bavaria Film Intl.’s managing director Michael Weber. “We are pleased and excited that this wonderful film finds its perfect home at Par Classics.”

BFI’s head of sales Thorsten Schaumann and Norbert Klingner of Schwarz Kurtze Schniewind Kelwing Wicke brokered deal for BFI and with Par Classics.

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