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Constantin’s in ‘Paradise’

Award-winning pic already sold in North America, U.K.

BERLIN — Constantin Film has picked up German rights to Hany Abu-Assad’s “Paradise Now.”

Pic, about two Palestinian friends who become suicide bombers, won the Blue Angel Award for European film, the Amnesty Intl. Film Prize and the Berliner Morgenpost Readers’ Prize at last month’s Berlinale.

Abu-Assad and Bero Beyer penned the pic, which was co-produced by Beyer’s Amsterdam-based Augustus Film, Berlin’s Razor Film, French production company Lumen Films and Israel’s Lama Films.

Warner Independent Pictures has rights for North America and the U.K.

Constantin buys at the Berlinale’s European Film Market also included Niall Johnson’s black comedy “Keeping Mum,” with Rowan Atkinson, which distrib will release in early 2006, and an untitled martial arts pic set in 19th century China starring Jet Li and produced by Bill Kong (“Hero”). Pic, in development, is due to be completed in 2006.

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