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‘German’ good for Europeans

Soderbergh, Blanchett, Oliver tout pic at Berlin

Europe could just be a more receptive audience than the U.S. for Steven Soderbergh’s “The Good German.”

It had better be if the backers, Warner Bros., expect to recoup from a disappointing American box office result.

Success abroad was also the hope expressed by the director at an SRO press confab for his Competition entry Friday. Soderbergh was flanked by cast members Cate Blanchett and Christian Oliver. A small phalanx of Warner Bros. execs sat to the side on the front row.

“We always thought that the rest of the world, especially Europe, would potentially be a better audience,” Soderbergh said, adding that Warner Bros. actually turned down an offer of 50% European financing when the pic was being prepped.

Being in Berlin is the kick-off for Warners’ foreign marketing efforts.

“The Good German” is, the director hazarded, “a strange hybrid,” with the moviemaking elements more American and the morality of the characters very European, he added.

“It could get a more sympathetic reading here than in the States,” he concluded.

The pic was platformed in New York and L.A. late last year, was critically slammed, and grossed only $1 million.

Still, judging by questions from the Euro press, they admire Soderbergh for his insistence on making films “he believes in.”

Asked how he manages to get the money to make the movies he wants in bad ol’ Hollywood, the helmer simply replied, “I ask.”

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