CANNES 2012: Match Factory Takes 'Measuring The World,' Beta Grabs 'Lost In Siberia'
Fortissimo Films take Un Certain Regard entry "Miss Lovely" and Global Screen bank on art forger documentary ahead of Cannes market.
COLOGNE, Germany - Europe's veteran sales companies are stocking up new titles ahead of the Cannes Film Market, with The Match Factory taking sales rights to Detlev Buck's ambitious period drama Measuring The World in 3-D and Beta Cinema nabbing Lost In Siberia, Ralf Huettner's follow-up to his cross-over hit Vincent Wants to Sea.
Match Factory will be presenting Measuring The World, based on the global best-seller of the same name by Daniel Kehlmann, to buyers for the first time in Cannes. The 3-D feature stars David Kross (War Horse) and The Counterfeiters' Karl Markovics. Berlin-based A Company has come on board as co-producer of the film and taken rights in Russia and Eastern Europe.
Match Factory is also repping sales on three films in Cannes' official selection: Competition title In The Fog from director Sergei Loznitsa, Fatih Akin's garbage documentary Polluting Paradise and Mekong Hotel from Palme d'Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives), both of which will receive a special screening at the festival this year.
Lost in Siberia, another Cannes market premiere, features Joachim Krol (Gloomy Sunday) as a desk-bound logistics manager at a German mail order company who finds love when his boss sends him to oversee a project in Siberia. Katja Riemann and Armin Rohde also star. Beta have also picked up sales duties on Irina Probost's animated feature Come on, Let's Find a Treasure, based on the best-selling books by children's author Janosch.
Other high-profile art house pick ups include Fortissimo Films' boarding both Un Certain Regard entry Miss Lovely from first-time Indian director Ashim Ahluwalia and Antonio Campos’ Simon Killer which premiered at Sundance; and Global Screen's line up which includes the market debuts of Denis Dercourt’s psychological drama Zum Geburtstag and a documentary about infamous art forger Wolfgang Beltracchi by director Arne Birkenstock.
Global Screen also has a Daniel Kehlmann adaptation in its line-up, Isabel Kleefeld's Glory: A Tale of Mistaken Identities. Among its other Cannes market premieres are Swiss box office hit The Foster Boy starring Katja Riemann and the action drama Escape from Tibet with David Lee McInnis and Hannah Herzsprung.
Berlin-based Films Boutique have taken on international sales for two Critics' Week titles: David Lambert's drama Beyond The Walls and Bulgarian documentary Sofia's Last Ambulance from director Ilian Metev. Films Boutique will also bow the Russian action drama Dom - A Russian Family in the Cannes market and will screen footage of More Than Honey, a documentary by Swiss helmer Markus Imhoof that looks at the fate of the world's honeybees.