Berlin: German Abortion Drama '24 Weeks' Scores European, Asian Deals

24 weeks still 1 - Julia Jentsch - H 2016
Courtesy of Friede Clausz

The second feature from director Anne Zohra Berrached stars Julia Jentsch and Bjarne Madel.

24 Weeks, one of the most controversial movies of this year's Berlin International Film Festival, has closed a slew of deals on the back of its world premiere on Sunday.

The German drama, from writer-director Anne Zohra Berrached, follows a young couple (Julia Jentsch and Bjarne Madel) who struggle over whether to abort their unborn child after they learn it will be born severely disabled.

Beta Cinema sold the pic to Germany's Neue Visionen in an all-rights deal for the territory, and closed for Benelux (September Films), Poland (Aurora Films), Greece (Feelgood Entertainment), Turkey (Filmarti) and Hungary (Cirko), among other territories. The feature has also been picked up by Lemon Tree Entertainment for China, Swallow Wings for Taiwan, JinJin Pictures for Korea and Cineplex for distribution in Columbia. Beta expects further European deals to close soon, including for France and Scandinavia.

The stars of 24 Weeks are being tipped as favorites for acting honors in Berlin, particularly Jentsch, who won the  Silver Bear for best actress back in 2005 for Sophie Scholl: The Final Days.