TIFF: German Drama 'The People vs. Fritz Bauer' Sells Wide

Der Staat Gegen Fritz Still – H 2015
Courtesy of Festival del Film Locarno

Der Staat Gegen Fritz Still – H 2015

Beta Cinema has closed deals across Europe and Asia for Lars Kraume's period thriller, starring Burghart Klaussner as the 1950s Nazi hunter.

Beta Cinema has closed a raft of international sales deals for Lars Kraume's period thriller The People vs. Fritz Bauer, following the film's premiere in Toronto.

Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon) stars as the titular Bauer, West Germany's attorney general who, in the late 1950s, started a lonely campaign to bring notorious Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice. The film premiered in Locarno, where it won the audience award.

Beta closed deals for Fritz Bauer with Italy’s Valerio de Paolis’ Cinema, Spain's Caramel, Cineart for Benelux and Scanbox for Scandinavian territories. Lev Cinemas has picked up the title for Israel, Alfa Films has bought rights in Argentina and New Select has Japan. ARP will release Fritz Bauer in France and Alamode Film is handling its German bow Oct.1.

Beta is in negotiations on a U.S. deal for the film, which co-stars Ronald Zehrfeld (Barbara).

The People vs. Fritz Bauer begins in West Germany in 1957 when Bauer first receives information that Eichmann, considered by many to be the architect of the Holocaust, is alive and hiding in Argentina. Bauer, himself Jewish, faces resistance from the German government and reaches out to Israel's Mossad secret service for help. By doing so, he has, in the eyes of the German state, committed treason.