Berlin: Competition Titles 'I'm Your Man,' 'Next Door' Sell Wide

Dan Stevens in 'I'm Your Man'
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Dan Stevens in 'I'm Your Man'

Dan Stevens stars as a love robot in Maria Schrader's sci-fi romantic comedy, while Daniel Bruhl stars in, and directs, the dark comedy 'Next Door.'

International buyers have jumped on Maria Schrader's I'm Your Man, and the Daniel Brühl-directed Next Door, both of which premiered in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival last week. 

Beta Cinema, which is handling world sales for both films, closed multiple territories on the German comedic dramas, with deals across Europe, Asia and Latin America. I'm Your Man, a screwball romantic comedy with a sci-fi twist, stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Legion) as a love robot programmed to satisfy the relationship-wary Alma, a scientist at Berlin's famous Pergamon Museum. Maren Eggert, who plays the skeptical Alma, won a Silver Bear in Berlin for best leading performance

Beta closed deals for I'm Your Man with France (Haut et Court), Italy (Koch Media), Hungary (Cirko Film), Greece (Strada Films), Poland (Monolith), Benelux (September Film), as well as with Sun Distribution for Spain, Portugal and Latin America. Edge Entertainment took the film in Scandinavia, Filmcoopi for Switzerland, Volgafilm for the CIS and Baltic regions, Film Europe for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Discovery Film for the former Yugoslavia, Filmarti Film for Turkey and Nachshon in Israel.

Beta also locked down a number of Asian deals, including with Contents Gate for South Korea, Swallow Wings for Taiwan and EDKO Films for Hong Kong. The company is in final negotiations with distributors in the U.S., U.K., China and Japan. 

For Next Door, Brühl directorial debut, in which he plays a fictional version of himself — a famous German-Spanish actor living in Berlin who gets taken down by a determined, vengeful neighbor (Peter Kurth) — Beta scored deals in France (Eurozoom), CIS (Russian Report), Poland (Aurora), Hungary (Cirko Film), Czech Republic/Slovakia (Film Europe), the former Yugoslavia (Discovery Film) and the Baltics (Kino Pavasaris), with agreements pending for the U.K., Spain and Scandinavia.

The deals for Berlin's competition lineup have been coming quick and fast, with domestic deals for Céline Sciamma's Petite Maman (with Neon), for Hong Sang-soo's Introduction (Cinema Guild) and for Dominik Graf's German period drama Fabian — Going to the Dogs (Kino Lorber). 

Beta also locked up several deals for its market titles The Bike Thief, Matt Chambers' directorial debut, which stars Alec Secareanu (God’s Own Country) and Anamaria Marinca (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days). The thriller — about a delivery driver whose moped is stolen — sold to Beijing Hugoeast Media for China, Beta Film for Bulgaria, Discovery for former Yugoslavia and AV-Jet for Taiwan. Signature picked up U.K. rights for the film earlier this year after the American Film Market.

And Beta had success with Maggie Peren's German film Hello Again — A Wedding a Day. The high-concept comedy, pitched as Groundhog Day meets My Best Friend's Wedding, was snatched up by ARP Selection for France, Alfa Pictures in Spain, Great Movies for Latin America, Red Apollo for China and Capella for CIS/Ukraine.