×

Germany’s Morefilms Moves Into Production With Thriller ‘Dead Man’s Eyes’

Munich-based sales company Morefilms is moving into production with Nazi war criminal thriller “Life Through a Dead Man’s Eyes.”

The film, which is set to begin production this fall, has pre-sold to Dubai-based Gulf Film for the Middle East and was also acquired by Der Filmverleih in Stuttgart for Germany.

Morefilms has now also boarded the project as a co-producer, along with René Asch’s Berlin-based Films in Motion and Zodiak Belgium’s Serge Bierset.

Directed by Jo Baier, “Life Through a Dead Man’s Eyes” follows an elderly former SS concentration camp guard desperately trying to avoid capture by U.S. authorities.

Morefilms also sold Christian Frosch’s “Murer: Anatomy of a Trial,” about the 1963 trial of former SS leader Franz Murer, to Seventh Art Releasing in the U.S., Der Filmverleih in Germany, Adso Films in Spain and Wing Sight Culture & Media Co. in China. The pic won the Austrian Film Award for best feature last month.

The company likewise signed a worldwide deal, excluding German and French-speaking territories, for Nils Krebs’ adventure documentary “Beyond the Comfort Zone,” featuring explorer and producer Mike Horn, to yet-to-be-named U.S. streaming service.

Morefilm’s lineup also includes David Nawrath’s upcoming German family drama “Atlas”; Pol Cruchten’s Canada-Luxembourg-Ireland thriller “Justice Dot Net”; and Félix Koch’s hit Luxembourg superhero comedy “Superchamp Returns,” which managed to beat “Avengers: Infinity War” at the Luxembourg box office.

The move into production marks a return to the company’s early beginnings. Established in 1997, Morefilms began as a buyer for the German theatrical, TV and DVD market and also produced documentaries, including Paul Morrissey and Bernd Böhm’s “Veruschka: A Life for the Camera” in 2005, before moving into international sales.

“We are moving slowly into production and it depends on the project,” said Morefilms managing director Angelika Mohr. The company is also co-producing two other yet-to-be-named European projects.

In addition to handling German titles, Morefilms works closely with Paul Thiltges’ Luxembourg production shingle PTD and in 2017 took over world sales for the company’s complete catalogue, including features, documentaries and animated productions.

More Film

  • Gwyneth Paltrow Variety Cover Story

    Gwyneth Paltrow Talks About Her Biggest Fights With Harvey Weinstein

    In this week’s Variety cover story, Gwyneth Paltrow looks back on the 20th anniversary of winning the best actress Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love.” The movie still holds up today, although there’s an ominous figure lurking in the credits. The romantic comedy was produced by Harvey Weinstein, and Paltrow spoke about working for the volcanic [...]

  • Jason Hoch to Lead Imperative Entertainment's

    Jason Hoch to Lead Imperative Entertainment's New Podcast Division (EXCLUSIVE)

    Entertainment studio Imperative Entertainment has hired producer Jason Hoch to lead its newly formed podcast division, Variety has learned. The new division will create and produce podcasts based on both original ideas and third-party IP, in addition to exploring opportunities within the company’s existing slate of feature and TV projects. Hoch has over 20 years [...]

  • Gwyneth Paltrow 'Avengers: Infinity War' film

    Gwyneth Paltrow to Exit Marvel Cinematic Universe

    For the last decade, Gwyneth Paltrow has popped up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Pepper Potts, Iron Man’s secretary and eventual girlfriend. But in an interview with Variety, the actress said that she’s planning on retiring the character after this summer’s “Avengers: Endgame.” “I mean, I’m a bit old to be in a suit [...]

  • Oscars Predictions Final

    Final Oscar Predictions: Who Will Win and Who Should Win?

    At 5 p.m. Tuesday on the west coast it’ll be pencils down for Oscar voters, so to speak. Or maybe in an era of online voting, it’s more like laptops closed. Either way, polling for the 91st annual Academy Awards officially concludes in a few short hours. Five days from now, we’ll find out which [...]

  • Modern Films Picks Up Oscar-Nominated 'Never

    Modern Films Picks Up Oscar-Nominated 'Never Look Away' for U.K.

    Modern Films has snagged U.K. and Ireland rights to “Never Look Away,” the German-language Oscar entry from “The Lives of Others” helmer Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The multi-generational story follows a young art student (Tom Schilling), who falls in love with a fellow student (Paula Beer). Her father (Sebastian Koch), a renowned doctor, disapproves of [...]

  • Gwyneth Paltrow Variety Cover Story

    Gwyneth Paltrow on How 'Shakespeare in Love' Changed Her Life (and the Oscars) Forever

    Gwyneth Paltrow never felt the same after making “Shakespeare in Love.” The movie that earned her the best actress Oscar 20 years ago transformed her into a global star. “It just changed my life,” Paltrow says on a recent afternoon in Los Angeles, reflecting on the impact of the 1998 romantic comedy that grossed nearly [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content