Toronto: Global Screen Nabs Christian Alvart's 'Bank Lady'

Nadeshda Brennicke stars as Giesla Werler, who carried out 19 armed robberies in the 1960s.
Nadeshda Brennicke stars as Giesla Werler, who carried out 19 armed robberies in the 1960s.
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COLOGNE, Germany – Sales group Global Screen has picked up world-wide distribution rights to German period heist movie Bank Lady from director Christian Alvart.

The feature tells the real-life story of Gisela Werler, Germany's first female bank robber. A Hamburg factory worker, Werler became notorious in the 1960s, carrying out 19 armed robberies. She was as famous for her crimes as for her media image as a sexy thief who wore film star sunglasses and glamorous wigs when carrying out her robberies.

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Catch Me If You Can meets Bonnie and Clyde is how Global Screen sales head Julia Weber is pitching the title to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Bank Lady stars Nadeshda Brennicke as Werler, Charly Hubner as her lover Hermann and Ken Duken as police inspector Fischer, the man determined to bring the female bandit to justice.

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