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Hitler Assassination Drama ’13 Minutes’ Sells Worldwide, Targets U.S. Buyers

Beta Cinema closes U.K., Japan, France, Benelux, Scandinavia, Brazil and Australia/NZ

Hitler Assassination Drama '13 Minutes' Sells

Oliver Hirschbiegel’s “13 Minutes,” about a resistance fighter who tried to assassinate Hitler, has been picked up by several further international distributors after the film’s promo reel was shown at the American Film Market. The pic has also attracted strong interest from U.S. buyers.

Studiocanal previously nabbed all-rights deals on the film for U.K. and Ireland, and now has taken the rights for Australia and New Zealand.

Sales company Beta Cinema also sold the film to Japan (Gaga Communications), France (Sophie Dulac Distribution), Scandinavia (Svensk Filmindustri), Benelux (September Film Rights), Brazil (Mares Filmes), Greece (Feelgood Entertainment), and Colombia (Cine Colombia). NFP will release the pic in Germany.

Hirschbiegel previously directed Oscar-nominated pic “Downfall,” Liam Neeson starrer “Five Minutes of Heaven,” which won a directing prize at Sundance, and Naomi Watts starrer “Diana.”

“13 Minutes” stars Christian Friedel (“The White Ribbon”), Katharina Schuettler (“Generation War”) and Burghart Klaussner (“The White Ribbon”).

The film centers on Georg Elser’s failed bomb attack on Hitler on Nov. 8, 1939 in the Munich Buergerbraukeller, where the Nazi dictator left the scene only 13 minutes before the explosion. The story follows Elser from his early years in the Swabian Alps to his last days at the Dachau concentration camp, where he was killed shortly before the end of the war.

The producers are Oliver Schuendler and Boris Ausserer for Lucky Bird Pictures, and Fred Breinersdorfer for Delphi.