Forging ahead: SPC picks up 'Counterfeiters'


Sony Pictures Classics has nabbed North American rights to the German drama "The Counterfeiters," a true story about a money-manufacturing operation set up by the Nazis.

The film, from writer-director Stefan Ruzowitzky, last week received seven Lola nominations, including best feature.

Ruzowitzky, whose credits include 1998's "The Inheritors" and 2000's "Anatomie," adapted the film from Adolf Burger's memoirs "The Devil's Workshop."

The film stars Karl Markovics, who plays the head of a counterfeiting operation, and David Striesow, who plays the superintendent who arrests Markovics' character and then puts him in charge of an effort to produce fake foreign currency.

The film was produced by Nina Bohlmann, Babette Schroeder and Josef Aichholzer and co-produced by Caroline von Senden, Henning Molfenter and Carl L. Woebcken.

The acquisition reteams SPC with Beta Cinema, with which it made a deal for the German film "The Lives of Others," which won the Oscar last month for best foreign-language film.

SPC's Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Dylan Leiner negotiated the deal with Dirk Schuerhoff of Beta Cinema.