Berlin digest: Brit distrib buries 'Hatchet'


British indie distribution company the Works U.K. Distribution said Saturday it has all U.K. distribution rights to Adam Green's "Hatchet," from Echo Bridge Entertainment. The Works said it plans to release the movie, billed as "an old school horror," in theaters at the end of the summer to coincide with the U.S. release. The Works U.K. Distribution managing director Mick Southworth said: "We are delighted to be working with Echo Bridge on this fantastic film. 'Hatchet' is a fresh exciting horror film with the sort of internet buzz that really excites cinema audiences in the U.K."

'Twisted' boosts Intertainment rev
German rights group Intertainment, which was recently acquired by Kinowelt Group, trimmed its losses to €10.3 million last year from a staggering €22.2 million in 2005. Sales revenue, however, dropped to just €1.3 million against €17.9 million in 2005. The bulk of Intertainment's revenue came from world sales on Philip Kaufmann thriller "Twisted" (2004). Kinowelt is currently moving to merge Intertainment with Epsilon Motion Pictures, the rights group Kinowelt acquired from the insolvent KirchGroup. Kinowelt is also financing Intertainment's ongoing suit against Comercia Bank.

Sogepaq wraps up 'Chaotic' sales
Spain's Sogepaq has closed a string of pre-sales on Julio Medem's drama "Chaotic Ana," said Simon de Santiago, the company's director of production and international Saturday. The film stars newcomer Manuela Velles in the story of a girl who finds in herself many other women she has been in the past, all of whom died under tragic circumstances. Charlotte Rampling co-stars. The movie has been signed by Prokino for Germany and Austria, Tartan Films for the U.K. and Ireland, Cineart/A-Film for Benelux and Prooptiki in Greece and Cyprus. "Ana" is produced by Sogecine and Alicia Produce, with Sogepaq releasing the film in Spain and handling world sales. The mainly Spanish-language title is currently in postproduction, and was shot on HD in locations around Spain, New York and Arizona.