Strand nabs rights to gay-themed pics

Bavaria Film Intl. sells dark thriller, romantic comedy

Strand Releasing has acquired North American rights to two gay-themed features from Bavaria Film Intl.: Kai S. Pieck’s “The Child I Never Was” and Hella Joof’s “Shake It All About.”

Premiered as an official selection at the Berlin fest and screening this week in the Cannes market, Pieck’s debut feature is based on the true story of a disturbed adolescent arrested at age 19 after having abused, tortured and killed four German schoolboys.

The dark psychological thriller will screen this year in N.Y.’s New Festival and in the San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Fest. Bettina Scheuren produced for MTM West Television & Film, Cologne.

Danish director Joof’s first feature is a love-triangle comedy about a gay man who is attracted to a woman, creating complications for their friends, families and respective partners. Pic is an Angel Film production in co-production with Apollo Media, produced by Thomas Gammeltoft and Frank Hubner.

The deal was negotiated by Strand Releasing co-president Jon Gerrans and Thorsten Schgaumann, head of sales for Bavaria Film Intl.

“Both Thorsten and (managing director) Michael Weber are great friends with whom we’ve wanted to work for a very long time,” says Strand co-prez Marcus Hu.

“Bavaria Films Intl. is a company we really respect and have been following for many years,” adds Gerrans.

Strand recently acquired Sundance competition title “Party Monster.” The distrib’s 2003 slate includes “Yossi & Jagger,” “Gasoline,” “Blue Gate Crossing” and “The Good Old Naughty Days.”

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