Berlin 2012: Match Factory Closes Deals for Berlinale Winners

Multiple sales for “Barbara,” “Just The Wind,” “Tabu” and “The Wall.”

COLOGNE, Germany – German sales group the Match Factory closed multiple deals for its lineup of Berlin film festival winners. Match inked multiple territories for Silver Bear winners Barbara by Christian Petzold (best director), Bence Fliegauf’s Just The Wind (grand jury prize) and Tabu from Miguel Gomes (Alfred Bauer prize).

Petzold’s Barbara sold across Europe, with deals for the U.K. (Soda), France (Pyramide), Spain (Golem), Italy (BIM), Benelux (A-Film) and Scandinavia (Future). Adopt Films picked up the title for the U.S. while New Select snatched it for Japan.

Widely praised as Petzold’s strongest work, Barbara stars Nina Hoss as a doctor living in communist East Germany who is banned to the countryside as punishment after requesting a visa to leave to the West.

Just The Wind, Fliegauf’s look at the murderous oppression of the Romany in Hungary, was sold for Spain (Vertigo), Benelux (Contact), Ex-Yugoslavia (Discovery), Greece (Ama), Czech and Slovak Republic (Artcam) and Taiwan (Joint).

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Tabu, Gomes’ experimental black-and-white feature which was a surprise critical and audience favorite in Berlin, closed for Canada (Filmswelike), Switzerland (Look Now),  Greece (Seven Films), Poland (Aurora), Austria (Stadtkino), Ex-Yugoslavia (MCF) and Argentina (Zeta Films).

Match Factory had strong sales across its entire Berlin slate. Music Box Films picked up U.S. rights to Julian Roman Pölsler’s The Wall starring Martina Gedeck (The Lives of Others), which won the prize of the Ecumenical Jury for a film screening in Berlin’s Panorama section.  Other territories sold include the U.K. (New Wave), Benelux (ABC-Cinemien) and France (Bodega).

Competition title Home For The Weekend from Hans-Christian Schmid went for France (Jour2Fete), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Poland (Aurora) and Colombia (Babilla Cine), while Edwin’s magic realist entry Postcards from the Zoo was picked up for Austria (Stadtkino), Korea (Sponge) and Taiwan (Joint).

Market title And If We All Lived Together from French director Stephane Robelin sold to Canada (A-Z Films), Israel (United King), Norway (Fidalgo), Spain (Golem) and Estonia (Tallinn Films), with a U.S. deal expected soon.