Berlin: Europe Buys Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s 'Werk Ohne Autor'

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'Werk Ohne Autor'

The new drama from the director of 'The Lives of Others' sells to the U.K., France and Italy.

European distributors have snatched up Werk Ohne Autor, the upcoming German drama from The Lives of Others director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.

Curzon Artificial Eye has bought the period film — featuring Tom Schilling (Oh Boy), Sebastian Koch (Lives of Others) and Paula Beer (Frantz) — for the U.K., with Diaphana Distribution taking French rights and Rai Cinema picking up the film for Italy.

Beta Cinema, which is handling worldwide sales, also closed deals with Feelgood Entertainment for Greece, Fabula Films for Turkey and Lev Cinema for Israel.

Schilling plays Kurt, an artist who flees from East Germany to West Germany but is still haunted by his experiences under both the Nazi and communist dictatorships. Beer portrays Elisabeth, his great love, and Koch plays his opaque father-in-law Professor Seeband. The film is inspired by the real life of German painter Gerhard Richter.

Werk Ohne Autor, which translates as "work without author," features an all-star German supporting cast, including Saskia Rosendahl, Oliver Masucci, Bastian Trost and Lars Eidinger.

Pergamon Film and Wiedemann & Berg Film produced Werk Ohne Autor with Jan Mojto, Quirin Berg, von Donnersmarck and Max Wiedemann producing. ARD Degeto, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany, all backers on The Lives of Others, are also on board as co-producers.

The Lives of Others won the 2007 best foreign-language film Oscar. Von Donnersmarck's follow-up was The Tourist, starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.