LONDON — Sales company Beta Cinema has picked up worldwide rights to Berlin Film Festival competition entry “24 Weeks.” The film stars Julia Jentsch, who won a Berlin Silver Bear for Oscar-nominated drama “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days.”
“24 Weeks” is the second feature from director/writer Anne Zohra Berrached, and was produced by Zero One Film (“The People vs. Fritz Bauer”). Berrached, whose first feature “Two Mothers” won the Dialogue in Perspective Award at the Berlinale in 2013, and the First Steps Award, co-wrote the script with Carl Gerber.
The film tells the story of cabaret performer Astrid (Jentsch), who six months pregnant learns that her unborn child will be severely disabled. She and her husband Marcus (Bjarne Maedel) have a choice, but little time… With a strong nature and a witty answer to everything, Astrid now feels lost, on her own, impossible to continue her comedy routine. Only she can take this momentous decision.
Jentsch is one of the most renowned German actresses after first being recognized internationally for her lead in “The Edukators” (Cannes Competition 2004). She was honored with the European Film Award and the German Film Award amongst others for her role as the quiet but determined resistance fighter Sophie Scholl.
“24 Weeks” was produced by Thomas Kufus, Melanie Berke, and Tobias Büchner for Zero One Film in co-production with ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel and Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.