Cannes: Emma Thompson, Daniel Bruhl Join 'Alone In Berlin'

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Emma Thompson

Vincent Perez’s adaptation of Hans Fallada’s best-selling novel will also star Mark Rylance and is being touted to buyers by former Focus Features International highflier Alison Thompson’s newly launched banner Sunray Films.

Oscar-winner Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), Daniel Bruhl (Rush) and Mark Rylance (The Other Boelyn Girl) have signed to star in Vincent Perez’s Alone in Berlin.

Based on a true story, Hans Fallada’s novel, written shortly after WWII, describes the German city paralyzed by fear and details the story of an ordinary couple living in a shabby apartment block in Berlin trying, like everyone else, to stay out of trouble under Nazi rule.

But when their only child is killed fighting at the front, their loss propels them into an extraordinary act of resistance.

X-Filme’s Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott (Cloud Atlas) and Master Movie's Marco Pacchioni (Bluesbreaker) are producing together with former Focus Features chief James Schamus (Brokeback Mountain) with a screenplay written by Achim von Borries (Good Bye Lenin!) and Perez.

The film will be co-produced by FilmWave’s Christian Grass and Paul Trijbits, who are also handling the U.K. rights for the project.

X-Filme retains the German rights and Master Movie the French rights while Thompson’s Sunray Films will handle international sales and distribution for all other territories.

X Verleih, the distribution arm of X-Filme, will roll the film out to German theaters.

Alone in Berlin will commence preproduction during the winter of 2014 in Germany.

Pacchioni said: “It’s been a long journey since I bought the rights to the novel with Vincent Perez seven years ago. I am happy to see so many great actors, producers and distributors join us on our adventure to bring this extraordinary work to the big screen.”