Berlin: Beta's Market Mix-Tape With 'Physician,' Competition Titles 'Jack' and 'Stations'
German sales group Beta Cinema is pitching both high and low in the run-up to the European Film Market, which kicks off Feb. 6 alongside the Berlin International Film Festival. The Munich-based outfit has a 2014 line-up that includes tentpole feature The Physician – which has earned more than $40 million in Germany and Spain – alongside hard-hitting German dramas Stations of the Cross and Jack, both of which are in Berlin's official competition.
The Physician, directed by Philipp Stolzl based on the Noah Gordon's best-seller and starring Ben Kingsley, Stellan Skarsgard and Tom Payne, has sold more than 3 million tickets in Germany alone and has been a hit in Austria and Spain. The medieval adventure epic bows in Russia Feb. 6.
On the other end of the scale is Dietrich Brueggemann’s Stations of the Cross, a harrowing tale of a young girl's religious faith. The feature will have its world premiere in Berlin, alongside Edward Berger’s Jack, a rough coming-of-age story.
Also on Beta's slate is Stereo, a crime thriller from German director Maximilian Erlenwein featuring local stars Jurgen Vogel and Moritz Bleibtreu, which Wild Bunch will bow in Germany and which has a special gala screening in Berlin's Panorama sidebar.
Other market titles Beta will be unspooling at the EFM include the kids franchise The Famous Five 1-3, based on the novels by Enid Blyton, the tragicomedy Back on Track from director Kilian Riedhof and Global Player, a tongue-in-cheek look at the future of German prosperity from Berlin Calling director Hannes Stohr.