KWA picks up ‘Hafner’s Paradise’

Pic portrays ex-Nazi in exile

BARCELONA — Madrid-based sales agent KWA has taken international rights outside Spain and Austria to Guenter Schwaiger’s docupic “Hafner’s Paradise.”

Produced by Austria’s Mosolov and Schwaiger’s Madrid-label Guenter Schwaiger P.C., “Paradise” world preemed at the Locarno Film Fest in August. It marks the feature-length directorial bow of Madrid-based Austrian Schwaiger.

“Paradise” is an in-depth portrait of an 83-year-old ex-S.S. officer, Paul Hafner, who moved to Madrid under Franco in 1945, still lives comfortably in Spain, and has no moral qualms about his Nazi past, which he openly defends with an attempt at charm.

Film records Hafner’s denial of the Holocaust. Spanish producer-distributor Neverland Films will give “Hafner’s Paradise” a theatrical release in Spain, Williams said.

The docu feature has been selected for the Valladolid, Sao Paulo, Jerusalem and Hof festivals, he added.

Film attracted media attention in Spain when the Spanish police, following up an Austrian extradition order, arrested neo-Nazi Gerd Honsik, who appears in the film.

“It’s not a run-of-the-mill didactic documentary. Schwaiger defines it as a realistic drama,” said KWA prexy Kevin Williams, talking about the reflective tone of the film.

KWA also has the 11-title back catalog of Spanish distributor Aurum Producciones, including Javier Balaguer’s “Seduction School,” David Alonso’s “More Than a Thousand Cameras Are Working for Your Safety” and Karra Elejalde’s “Torapia.”

Aurum pulled out of international sales when it was bought by Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution in 2004.

Also, Williams said, “Nowadays more than ever, films’ value does not depend on their being first-run titles.”

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