Jamila Wenske and Sol Bondy among Variety’s Producer’s to Watch 2018

Variety has released its 10 Producers to Watch for 2018 and we’re thrilled to have our both producers included in the diverse mix of producers from the U.S. and the thriving international film scene. Variety Producers to Watch, which was originally launched at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998, returned to the Croisette last year and will once again be presented there this year.

HBO announces The Tale premiere date

HBO Films announced that The Tale, starring Laura Dern and Ellen Burstyn, will premiere at 10pm on Saturday, May 26. Also a first teaser was launched. The film celebrated its world premiere in the US competition at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received standing ovations at every screening. The HBO acquisition was the second highest deal of the festival.

Eurimages backs The County

Our new co-production with Icelandic Netop Films received financial support from Eurimages, the prestigious Council of Europe fund for European cinematographic works. The County is Grímur Hákonarson’s third feature, after his Un Certain Regard winner Rams. The principal photography started on February 27th. Denmark’s Profile Pictures and France’s Haut et Court are also on board of the film. SR/arte will broadcast in Germany, world sales are handled by New Europe Film Sales. ICM will sell the US.

The Bookshop wins Spanish Goya Awards

Isabel Coixet’s new feature won best film, best director and best adapted screenplay. The adaptation of the story by Booker Prize-winning novelist Penelope Fitzgerald has been a success at the Spanish box office so far grossing €2.47m. International premiere is up next as a Berlinale Special Gala session. World sales are handled by Celsius Entertainment. German distributor is Capelight.

Under the Tree wins 7 Icelandic Film Awards

The black comedy by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson was the big winner in the Icelandic Film Awards, winning 7 out of 12 nominations. Awards includes Best Film, Director, Screenplay, VFX, Lead Actress, Lead Actor and Supporting Actor. Farbfilm will distribute the film in Germany. World sales are handled by New Europe Films Sales.

HBO acquires The Tale out of Sundance

After five standing ovations at five screenings at the Sundance Film Festival, Jennifer Fox’s feature, starring Laura Dern and Ellen Burstyn, has been sold to HBO – which marked the second largest deal of the festival. Critics have raved about the film throughout and the film is currently 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Freedom sold to the US after solid run in German theaters

German distributor Film Kino Text launched Jan Speckenbach’s second feature starring Johanna Wokalek and Hans-Jochen Wagner theaters on February 08th. On top of that, distributor Corinth Films bought the rights for the US and Canada. World sales are handled by Pluto Films.

The Bookshop at Berlinale 2018

The Spanish-British-German co-production starring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson and directed by Isabel Coixet – which has already generated over 430k admission to date in Spanish cinemas – will celebrate its international premiere at the 68. Berlin International Film Festival in the Berlinale Special Gala section. Celsius Entertainmenthandles world sales. Capelight will distribute in Germany.

The Bookshop nominated for 12 Goyas

Isabel Coixet’s adaptation from Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel set in 1950s England, scooped 12 nominations for the “Spanish Oscars” including best film, best director, best actress for Emily Mortimer and best supporting actor for Bill Nighy. The film has taken more than EUR 2 million in Spain to date and will be a strong contender at the 32nd edition of the awards which take place on February 3 in Madrid. Sales are handled by Celsius Entertainment.

The Tale in U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance 2018

The debut feature of renowned documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox starring Laura Dern and Ellen Burstyn will premiere in the “U.S. Dramatic Competition” of the most important film festival in America. The US-German co-production with A Luminous Mind Productions, Untitled Entertainment and Blackbird Films was financed with the support of Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Gamechanger Films and ZDF / arte.

Under the Tree successfully sold worldwide

World sales New Europe Film Sales has inked a host of deals on the Icelandic Oscar entry. The IS / PL / DK / DE co-production, directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, has secured distribution in over 25 countries, including US (Magnolia), China (Times Vision), France (BAC), UK (Eureka), Australia/NZ (Palace) and Spain (La Aventura).

Box office success in Spain for The Bookshop

Isabel Coixet’s new film, starring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson, has opened in 115 screens and grossed almost 500.000 €, being the best average per location of the weekend. World sales are handled by Celsius Entertainment. Capelight will distribute The Bookshop in Germany.

Hier at Connecting Cottbus Pitch

Bálint Kenyeres’ debut feature was selected for the “Work In Progress” programme at Connecting Cottbus and will compete for the “COCO Post Pitch Award“. The project is also looking for distribution and world sales.

The Bookshop awarded as Best International Literary Adaptation

Isabel Coixet’s upcoming feature won the prize for Best International Literary Adaption for „The Bookshop“ at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017. World sales are handled by Celsius Entertainment. German distributor is Capelight.

Freedom's international festival run

After premiering in Locarno’s competition, Jan Speckenbach’s second feature competed in Säo Paulo, Valladolid and Hof. The film also screened at CPH Pix, in Haifa and Warsaw. Next stop is Berlin (14 Films Around the World). World Sales are handled by Pluto Film, Film Kino Text will release in Germany in the beginning of 2018.

Under the Tree picked as Icelandic foreign-language Oscar candidate

After premiering at the festivals of Venice and Toronto, the black comedy by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson was sold to US distributor Magnolia Pictures. World sales are handled by New Europe Film Sales.

Freedom in competition at the 70th Locarno Festival

Jan Speckenbach’s second feature will play in competition at the 70th Locarno Festival. The film stars Johanna Wokalek and Hans-Jochen Wagner and was funded by MBB, Kuratorium JDF, FFA and Slovak AVF. World Sales are handled by Pluto Film, Film Kino Text will release in Germany in the beginning of 2018.

The Most Beautiful Couple's principal photography wrapped

With the support of Filmstiftung NRW, FFA, Minitraité, DFFF and Medienboard, principal photography of Sven Taddicken’s new film has finished. Arsam International is the French co-producer. Zorro Film will release in Germany and Beta Cinema handles world sales.


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