Beta Cinema picks up 'John Rabe'

'North Face,' 'Hilde' also rack up sales post-EFM

COLOGNE, Germany -- "If you have the titles, they will come" proved the motto for German sales group Beta Cinema, which locked up several deals for its slate out of last week's European Film Market.

Florian Gallenberger's well-received 1930s epic "John Rabe" sold to Spain and Italy, picked up a free TV deal with Austria and generated serious interest from U.S. buyers, Beta said.

Phillipp Stoltzl's rock-climbing drama "North Face" was picked up by distributors in France, Japan, Scandinavia, Benelux, Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China while another German biopic, Kai Wessel's "Hilde," starring Heike Makatsch as legendary actress-singer Hildegard Knef, also closed for Benelux.

Other strong sellers for Beta include Robert Dornhelm's opera film "La Boheme" with Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon, which is set to close for Spain after already inking with Filmladen in Japan. Beta also signed a Spanish deal for upcoming children's title "The Three Investigators: Terror Castle."