Box Office Sensation for Persian Lessons in China
The film directed by Vadim Perelman and starring Nahuel Pérez Biscayart and Lars Eidinger was released in Chinese theaters on March 19 on over 10.000 screens and remains in the top 10 in the second week. So far, the film has grossed 3,5 Million USD with over 600k admissions. And counting…
The Oblivion Theory wins Eurimages Co-Production Award
The Berlinale Co-Production Market has been an amazing kick-off for Annemarie Jacir’s The Oblivion Theory, where it has won the top prize of the market, the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of 20k EUR. A unanimous decision, said the jury members Luís Urbano, Els Hendrix and Tine Klint. The award ceremony took place online on March 03. We’re honored to be part of this project, alongside Eric Dupont’s French company Incognito Films.
Berlinale Co-Pro Market selects Wild Encounters and The Oblivion Theory
We’re proud to announce that two of our next projects were selected for the prestigious Co-Pro Market at the Berlinale this year. Wild Encounters is the debut feature from talented upcoming director Sarah Arnold and will be co-produced with French 5à7 Films. The Oblivion Theory is a co-production with (also French) Incognito Films and directed by multiple-awarded director Annemarie Jacir. We’re looking forward to meeting possible new partners for these very promising projects.
Persian Lessons qualifies for Golden Globes - Best Foreign Language Film
Our Russian-German-Belarusian co-production took another important step into the award season by qualifying for the Golden Globes as Best Foreign Language Film. The nominees will be announced on February 02, with the award ceremony set for February 28 in Beverly Hills, California.
Persian Lessons enters OSCAR race for International Feature
Vadim Perelman’s Persian Lessons has been chosen as the Belarusian contender at the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards. The film was completely shot in the country and stars Lars Eidinger and Nahuel Pérez Biscayart. Cohen Media Group will release in the US, who have a great track record of nominees and winners in the International Feature Film category, most recently The Salesman. Sales are handled by Memento, releases across major European territories are planned for the next 2 months.
Northern Comfort with development support from MEDIA
Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s Northern Comfort received 50k EUR development support from Creative Europe MEDIA. The project will be Hafsteinn’s fourth feature and our second collaboration, after the success of Under the Tree. Delegate producer is our long-term partner Netop Films (IS), with Good Chaos (UK) and Profile Pictures (DK) completing the production team.
The Bookshop on ARTE
After many awards and a successful career at festivals and at the box-office worldwide, Isabel Coixet’s The Bookshop now arrives on the small screen. The Free TV Premiere will be this Friday 06 at 8:15pm CET on ARTE. After that, the film will stay available on the Mediathek until December 05. Don’t miss it!
Fred Burle selected for EAVE Puentes
EAVE Puentes is the most relevant and successful training program for developing European-Latin American co-productions. It is divided into two modules: the first one to take place online due to COVID-situation and the second one in South Tirol on March 21. We’re proud of our producer being one of 14 selected participants for this year’s edition of this renowned program.
10 years of One Two Films
Our company has just turned 10! So many stories to tell, so many great experiences at all main festivals around the world, so many great partners, so many moments with the audience and our films. Due to the COVID-situation, the big party we would have had needs to be postponed, but we do want to celebrate this anniversary and share our happiness and gratitude with all of you that made this possible. Cheers!
Persian Lessons opens in Germany at No.1 of the Arthouse Charts
Our Russian-German co-production Persian Lessons, directed by Vadim Perelman and starring Lars Eidinger and Nahuel Pérez Biscayart had a great opening in German theaters, despite the COVID safety measures. The film went straight to no. 1 in the Arthouse Charts and now remains in the top 10. Further releases are planned in Russia, UK, Spain, Italy, France, and the US in the next months. Memento International is in charge of world sales. Alamode Film distributes in Germany.
EFA selects Persian Lessons
Vadim Perelman’s latest feature starring Lars Eidinger and Nahuel Pérez Biscayart is in the selection for the European Film Awards 2020! Our Russian-German co-production had a successful world premiere at the latest edition of the Berlinale and was sold worldwide by Memento International. Alamode Film will release in the German theaters on September 24. The EFA nominations will be announced on November 7. The EFA Ceremony will take place in Reykjavik on December 12.
Freedom tonight at ZDF
Tonight at 00:25 am our film Freedom, by Jan Speckenbach, starring Johanna Wokalek, airs on ZDF. Afterwards, the film will be available in the ZDF-Mediathek for viewers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland until the 20th of July 2020. Freedom tells the story of Nora, a Berlin lawyer, who one day leaves her husband and two children forever without notice.
One Two Films boards Sarah Arnold’s Wild Encounters
Our new co-production with producers Helen Olive and Martin Bertier from French company 5à7 Films received financial support from the German-French MiniTraité (FFA/CNC). Wild Encounters is Sarah Arnold’s debut feature, following her award-winning short films Totems (Locarno’s Golden Pardino) and The Quartet (Torino’s jury prize). The project’s also got supported by Region Grand Est, Region Ile-de-France, Grand Region, Torino Script Lab and Full Circle Lab.
The County out now in the UK
British distributor Curzon has just released Grímur Hákonarson’s The County online via Curzon Home Cinema. Our Icelandic-Danish-German-French co-pro received great local reviews from The Times and The Guardian, whose top film critic Peter Bradshaw gave it 4/5 Stars. Click here for the trailer and streaming link. The director will also take part of a live Q&A on May 25, which will be also stay available on Youtube afterwards.
New hire at One Two Films
We’re very glad to welcome a new member to our team. Daniela Ramin has been working in the industry since 2001. She was assistant to the Head of Press at the Berlinale and a producer for Dreamer Joint Venture Filmproduktion. She also led a team of production managers for over 5 years at the German dubbing company SDI Media Germany. From April 2020, she joined our team as line producer.
Persian Lessons sold to North America
After receiving a standing ovation at its wold premiere during the Berlinale, US-distributor Cohen Media acquired Vadim Perelman’s Persian Lessons for North America. Sales agent Memento International also closed deals for other key territories such as France (KMBO), Latin America (California Filmes), Spain (Avalon), Scandinavia (Scanbox), AU/NZ (Rialto), South Korea (Jinjin Pictures), China (Infotainment) and Poland (Best Film), for a total of over 50 countries. The German release will be on May 7 through Alamode Film.
Free TV Premiere of The Tale
Named a „landmark advance in the field of cinematic memoir“ by Variety after it’s 2018 Sundance premiere, Jennifer Fox’s film The Tale will be aired on free TV in France and Germany this Friday, March 6, at 20.15 CET. The film stars Laura Dern, Ellen Burstyn and Elizabeth Debicki and was nominated at the Primetime Emmys, Golden Globes and Indpendent Spirit Awards, among others, after being sold worldwide to HBO.
World Premiere of Persian Lessons at Berlinale 2020
We’re extremely honored to celebrate the world premiere of Vadim Perelman’s Persian Lessons as a Berlinale Special Gala Screening at Berlinale Palast. The film stars Nahuel Pérez Biscayart and Lars Eidinger and is co-produced with Hype Film in Russia. Alamode Film will distribute in Germany. World sales are handled by Memento Films, who have already pre-sold multiple territories.
Leonard Kunz nominated for the German Critic's Award
Leonard Kunz was nominated in the category Best Actor for his role in The Most Beautiful Couple.
Freedom is nominated for the Grimme Prize 2020
Jan Speckenbach’s Freedom competes in the category Best Fiction. Since 1964, the Grimme Prize honors television programs that contribute to an excellent use of the specific possibilities of the TV medium and can serve as a role model for television practice in terms of form and content. The award ceremony takes place at the Grimme Institute in Marl on January 29.
Three Jupiter Awards’ Nominations for The Most Beautiful Couple
Sven Taddicken’s acclaimed drama was nominated in the categories for Best National Feature, Best Actress (Luise Heyer) and Best Actor (Maximilian Brückner). The Jupiter Award is the biggest audience award in Germany and the voting process is online now. Click here to participate!
The County opens in January 2020 as Milchkrieg in Dalsmynni
After premiering at Toronto IFF and at Hamburg IFF, our Icelandic co-production opens in German cinemas on January 9th! The film is Grímur Hákonarson’s follow-up to Rams, which won Cannes Un Certain Regard back in 2014 and went on to get almost half a million admissions in Europe. International critics have been very positive. Alamode Film will distribute in Germany. New Europe Film Sales handles international sales.
German premiere of The County in Hamburg
Grímur Hákonarson’s latest feature will celebrate its German premiere competing at the Filmfest Hamburg. The film was reviewed warmly at its international premiere in Toronto: „Arndis Hronn Egilsdottir gives a commanding performance as Inga, Hákonarson keeps it focused and involving to achieve a satisfying conclusion“ (SCREEN) and „an audience-pleasing Icelandic drama that is the yin to ‚Rams‘ yang“. (VARIETY). The film will be released in Germany by Alamode and has already secured distribution in over 20 countries. Sales are handled by New Europe Film Sales.
The Most Beautiful Couple continues it’s successful festival run
Sven Taddicken’s latest feature keeps collecting prizes as it just won in two categories at Love is Folly Festival in Varna, Bulgaria – Best Actor Award to Maximilian Brückner and the Special Jury Award for Best Director to Sven Taddicken. Congratulations to both of them!
One Two Films’ founders part ways
The founders and managing partners, Sol Bondy and Jamila Wenske, have decided to part ways. Bondy will continue to run the company with investor and partner Christoph Lange. Fred Burle, One Two Films’ project manager since 2017, has started working on his own projects as a producer. One Two Films will continue to focus on international cinema. Jamila Wenske has taken her projects to a new home, Achtung Panda! Media GmbH.
The County at the Toronto International Festival
The latest feature by director Grímur Hákonarson will celebrate its world premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the Toronto International Film Festival 2019. The film follows up Grímur’s debut feature Rams, which won Un Certain Regard in Cannes back in 2015. It’s co-produced with Icelandic Netop Films, Danish Profile Pictures and French Haut et Court. SR / ARTE will broadcast in Germany and France. New Europe Film Sales handles world sales; Alamode distributes in Germany.
Principal photography for Shake Your Cares Away begins
We are pleased to share that Tom Shoval’s Shake Your Cares Away, has started its principal photography in Tel Aviv, starring Bérénice Bejo. The film, which explores the unusual relationship between a wealthy widow and the homeless in Israel, is executive produced by Alejandro González Iñárritu and co-produced with Green Productions. German backing comes from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and ZDF/ARTE. World Sales are handled by Wild Bunch. Port-au-Princedistributes in Germany.
The Most Beautiful Couple in German cinemas
After an award-winning festival career, The Most Beautiful Couple is hitting the German screens on 2nd May! The film, distributed by Koryphäen Films, has also received a nomination at the German Film awards for Luise Heyer in the category of Best Lead Actress – with the award ceremony taking place the day after its theatrical release, on May 3rd.
Theatrical release in Germany for Under the Tree
Our co-production Under the Tree will hit cinemas nationwide on the 16th of May! It premiered in Venice, won an incredible 7 out of 12 nominations at the Icelandic Film awards, was the country’s contestant for the Oscars 2018 and the second highest box office of the year in Iceland. The black comedy by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson has been released all across Europe. Farbfilm Verleih distributes it in Germany.
DVD / Bluray Release of The Tales
Jennifer Fox’s The Tale, starring multi-award winning Laura Dern and Ellen Burstyn, is coming out on DVD and Bluray in Germany on 3rd May! The film premiered in Sundance, was acquired by HBO and turned out to be a major contender at last year’s award season, including nominations at the Primetime Emmys, Golden Globes, Critic’s Choice Awards and Independent Spirit Awards. It is being distributed by Capelight Pictures. Click here to pre-order it on Amazon.
Hier nominated at Zsigmond Vilmos Awards
Adam Fillenz, the cinematographer of our six-country co-production Hier, has been nominated for the Vilmos Zsigmond’s award at the Zsigmond Vilmos International Film Festival. The goal of the festival is to draw attention to an important co-creator of films, the cinematographer. It takes place from May 28 to June 1st in Szeged, Hungary. Congratulations to Adam!
The Most Beautiful Couple nominated at German Film Awards
Luise Heyer has been nominated as Best Lead Actress at the German Film Awards! We congratulate her for her amazing performance in our film. The award ceremony will take place on the 3rd of May in Berlin, one day after its theatrical release in Germany. Fingers crossed!
One Two Films boards Tomasz Wasilewski’s Fools
Our new co-production with Polish award-winning producer Ewa Puszczynska/Extreme Emotions received financial support from the German-Polish Film Fund through MBB Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and MDM Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung. Fools
Franky Five Star awarded at JETS Berlinale
The project by German writer Knut Mierswe and director Birgit Möller, starring Jella Haase, won the Junior Entertainment Talent Slate (JETS) pitching competition at the Berlinale, confirming industry support from a broad range of international participants. The initiative unites up-and-coming filmmakers and their feature film projects with producers, sales agents, financing companies and distributors from a number of European countries, Canada and the US.
Three nominations to the Critic’s Choice Awards for The Tale
The ball keeps rolling in the US-award season, as The Tale got three nominations to the Critic’s Choice Awards in the categories Best Film (TV), Best Actress (TV or Limited Series) for Laura Dern and Best Supporting Actress (TV or Limited Series) for Ellen Burstyn. The award ceremony will be held at a gala event to be aired live on the CW Network Sunday on January 13, 2019, from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, US.
Golden Globes Nomination for Laura Dern
Congratulations to Laura Dern, the protagonist of our film The Tale, who just got nominated for the Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television! She is, in fact, the only nominee that is not from a limited series – so for us, a winner already! The award ceremony for this prestigious prize will be held on January 6, 2019, at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California.
Hier screens at the International Film Festival Marrakech
Our six-countries co-production Hier (Tegnap) by Balínt Kenyeres was selected for the International Film Festival Marrakech and will celebrate its African premiere in the section The 11th Continent. The festival takes place from November 30 to December 8 and highlights the best movies out of the festival circuit from the last year.
Two Satellite Awards nominations for The Tale
The Tale swoops two more nominations in the award season! Jennifer Fox’s Sundance breakout is nominated for two Satellite Awards in the categories for Best Motion Picture Made for Television and Best Actress for Laura Dern. The Satellite Awards are presented by the International Press Academy and the award ceremony will take place in February 2019 in Beverly Hills.
The Most Beautiful Couple wins Best Costume Design in Lünen
After a successful world premiere in Toronto and winning the Producer’s Award at the Hamburg Film Festival, our film was now awarded at the Kinofest Lünen. Congratulations to our costume designer Genoveva Kylburg and her team for an amazing job and this deserved recognition.
The Tale nominated for 3 Independent Spirit Awards
The Tale has now been nominated for Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay (Jennifer Fox) and Best Editing (Anne Fabini, Gary Levi, Alex Hall) for the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards! Also, The Gotham Awards have also nominated Jennifer Fox for the Bingham Ray – Breakthrough Director Award and the film is up for the Audience Award too (IFP members can vote here). The award ceremonies will be held on November 26 in NewYork and February 23 in Los Angeles.
Medienboard supports Shake Your Cares Away
Tom Shoval’s second feature received 180.000,- EUR funding from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. The project is our newest co-production with long-time partners Green Productions (IL), with Les Compagnons du Cinema (FR) joining the producer’s team. The film stars Berenice Bejo and is executive produced by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Principal photography is scheduled for early 2019. World Sales are handled by Wild Bunch.
Out of Place wins Shimon-Peres-Prize
The german-israeli co-production Out of Place was awarded on October 8th at the City Hall of Berlin with the Shimon-Peres-Prize. The award is given in memory of the homonym Israeli politician and nobel of peace winner and out of a sense of responsibility for the special friendship between the two countries and is bestowed upon young professionals who made an outstanding contribution to the shaping of German-Israeli relations. Congratulations on all of the teams of the short films part of this feature!
Filmstiftung NRW supports Hello My Friend
The new feature by the award-winning director Bettina Blümner has granted 200.000,- EUR fund from the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. The film stars Victoria Schulz, Leonard Scheicher and Hanna Hilsdorf. Broadcaster ZDF / ARTE and distributor Neue Visionen are also on board. Principal photography to start in spring 2019 in Cuba.
The Most Beautiful Couple wins Hamburg Producer Award
Sven Taddicken’s The Most Beautiful Couple won the Hamburg Producer Award at the Hamburg Film Festival. The fantastic camera-work follows the brilliant actors, supported by a precise edit and original use of music and sounddesign, the jury remarked. Next screenings will be at the Filmfestival Cologne and Nordic Film Days Lübeck. Zorro Film will release the film early next year, Beta Cinema handles world sales.
Under the Tree selected for European Film Awards
After a successful festival career, 7 Icelandic film awards and being sold to over 30 countries, the black comedy by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson got selected – alongside other 48 European productions – to the European Film Awards. The nominations will be announced on September 10, the presentation of the winners will take place on December 15 in Seville, Spain.
The Most Beautiful Couple at the Toronto International Festival
Sven Taddicken’s sixth feature will celebrate its world premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the Toronto International Film Festival 2018. The film stars Maximilian Brückner and Luise Heyer. It was funded by Filmstiftung NRW, MBB, FFA and co-produced with french Arsam International. World Sales are handled by Beta Cinema, Zorro Films will release in Germany.
The Tale wins two awards at Durban International Film Festival
After successful screenings at the biggest film festival in South Africa, The Tale was awarded twice at the closing ceremony. Congratulations to Jennifer Fox for the Best Screenplay and to Anne Fabini, Alex Hall and Gary Levy for the Best Editing!
The Tale nominated twice at Primetime Emmys
The nominations for the Primetime Emmys are out and Jennifer Fox’s The Tale is competing in the categories Outstanding TV Movie and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie (Laura Dern). The award ceremony is on September 17 in Los Angeles. The film is out via HBO in North America and many other territories worldwide – the German airdate is August 17 on Sky Cinema.
Tegnap in competition at the 71th Locarno Festival
Bálint Kenyeres’ Tegnap (Hier) will play in the Cineasti del Presenti competition at the 71th Locarno Festival. The six-countries co-production stars Vlad Ivanov, Djemel Barek and Gamil Ratib and was funded by Hungarian National Film Fund, CNC Avance sur Recettes & Nouvelle Technologies, Film i Väst, MEDIA Program and The Netherlands Film Fund and supported by SR / arte.
UK Release for The Bookshop
After a sucessful career in the cinemas of Spain, Germany, Brazil and Argentina, Isabel Coixet’s new feature, starring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson hits the british theaters on June 29. The adaptation of the story by Booker Prize-winning novelist Penelope Fitzgerald won 3 Goyas (best film, best director and best adapted screenplay) and had its international premiere in the Berlinale Special Gala section. World sales are handled by Celsius Entertainment.
The Tale nominated for TCA Awards
The TV award season begins with a nomination for Jennifer Fox’s The Tale in the category Outstanding Achievement in Movie or Miniseries at the TV Critics Association Awards. HBO Films premiered The Tale in the US and other countries on May 26. In Germany, it’ll be aired on Sky Cinema at 8:15pm on Friday, August 17. The film celebrated its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and will have its German premiere in the Cinemasters competition at the Munich Film Festival.
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
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
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.
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.
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