Munich, 26 January 2017. At this year’s Berlinale, Beta Cinema presents its biggest official selection lineup ever with three Competition-, three Berlinale Special- and one Panorama entry.
Four years after having received a Golden Bear Award for “Child’s Pose”, Romanian director Calin Peter Netzer premieres his latest feature ANA, MON AMOUR in Competition. Poland’s multiple Academy Award nominee Agnieszka Holland returns to the big screen after numerous works for major US TV shows with her feature SPOOR. Beta Cinema’s competition trio is complete with the accomplished German documentary BEUYS by Andres Veiel. Also in the official selection are the two Berlinale Special entries IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHT by Matti Geschonneck and A PROMINENT PATIENT by Julius Sevcik, the Norwegian World War II box-office hit THE KING’S CHOICE by Erik Poppe (Panorama) and the Berlinale Special Series entry THE SAME SKY by Academy Award-nominee Oliver Hirschbiegel.
ANA, MON AMOUR is a story about a man’s struggle to find out how the unseen, the unspoken, even the unthought shaped his life,” Calin Peter Netzer says about the drama set in today's Romania, starring Mircea Postelnicu and Diana Cavalioti. Netzer, who renews his successful collaboration with DOP Andrei Butica (“Child’s Pose”), created an intimate relationship drama, in which the fight for love ends in a fatal co-dependency. The film is produced by Parada Film in co-production with augenschein Filmproduktion and France’s Sophie Dulac Productions.
Agnieszka Holland (“In Darkness”, “Europa, Europa”, “House of Cards”) based her thriller SPOOR on the best-selling novel “Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead” by Olga Tokarczuk, one of the most famous figures in contemporary Polish literature. Mysterious killings without any leads occur in a small mountain village on the Czech-Polish border – and only Duszejko, an eccentric old woman living on her own in the remote countryside, seems to know the perpetrator. SPOOR is produced by TOR Film Production in co-production with Heimatfilm, Nutprodukce, Nutprodukcia, Chimney, Agora, Odra-Film, National Audiovisual Institute, HBO Europe, ZDF, arte, Czech Television and Film Väst. DOP is Jolanta Dylewska (“In Darkness”).
He is one of the most famous German artists of all time: Joseph Beuys. 30 years after his death, Andres Veiel (“If not us, who?”) presents an intimate look at the visionary artist, seen through a congenial montage of archival sources, in which Beuys, the man with the hat and the “Fettecke”, appears more relevant than ever before. Viewing 300 hours of video material and listening to nearly as much audio material by and about Beuys, Veiel created not merely a portrait in the common sense but much rather an intimate look at the human being, his art and his world of ideas. BEUYS is produced by zero one film in co-production with Terz Filmproduktion, SWR/arte and WDR.
Berlinale Special presents Beta Cinema’s IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHT, based on the best-selling novel by Eugen Ruge, translated in 23 languages and adapted by screenwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase (MOOVIE in co-production with ZDF). Bruno Ganz (“Downfall”) plays 90-year-old former resistance fighter, returned expatriate and incorrigible Stalinist Wilhelm, who, in early autumn 1989, celebrates his birthday with friends, family and dignitaries in East-Berlin, ignoring the radical changes in the world around him.
Julius Ševcík’s A PROMINENT PATIENT takes a step back to the run-up to World War II and depicts the true story of Jan Masaryk, son of the founder of Czechoslovakia, ambassador in London and foreign minister, who found himself becoming a US immigrant and a man without a nation after the German invasion of his homeland. Karel Roden (“Bourne Supremacy”) and Hans Zischler (“Munich”) are supported by Czech super model Eva Herzigová (“Modigliani”) in the production by In Film Praha and Rudolf Biermann Slovakia in co-production with Czech Televison, Radio and Television Slovakia and ZDF/arte.
In the striking Norwegian World War II epic THE KING’S CHOICE, award-winning director Erik Poppe (“1000 Times Good Night”, “Troubled Water”) depicts the German attack on neutral Norway during three decisive days in April 1940, starring Jesper Christensen (“Quantum of Solace”, “Melancholia”) and Karl Markovics (“The Counterfeiters”). The feature, which was an unprecedented national box-office hit, was one of the shortlisted nine entries as Best Foreign Language Film of this year’s Academy Awards. THE KING’S CHOICE is produced by Paradox Film 1 AS in co-production with Nordisk Film Production, Film Väst, Zentropa Sweden, Copenhagen FilmFund and Newgrange Pictures.
Last but not least in the row of official selection entries is THE SAME SKY by Academy Award nominee Oliver Hirschbiegel (“Downfall), which runs in the Berlinale Special Series. Acclaimed British author Paula Milne created the six-hour series, a multi-layered family drama set in Cold War Berlin, starring Tom Schilling (“Oh Boy”, “Generation War”) and Sofia Helin (“The Bridge”), which is produced by UFA FICTION / Beta Film for ZDF in co-production with Mia film and in association with Rainmark Films.
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