German indie inks deal with exhibitor

For 60-print release of Andreas Arnstedt's 'The Dispensibles'

COLOGNE, Germany -- German indie distributor drei freunde has signed a deal with local exhibitor Kinostar for the German release of Andreas Arnstedt's low budget drama "The Dispensibles." The agreement will see Kinostar cooperate in the film's theatrical release, set for Sept. 30, with an initial bow of 60 copies nationwide. The bow represents a sizable release for a German indie drama with no A-list stars.

Arnstedt's directorial debut is a rare example of truly independent cinema in Germany. "The Dispensibles" was made without any state or federal film subsidies, something virtually unheard of here. It is a starkly realistic portrait of a family on the edge. The 11-year-old Jacob (actor Oskar Bockelmann) tries to hide his father's suicide for fear of being sent to an orphanage.

"The Dispensibles" has been a festival favorite, winning numerous awards including best actor and director prizes at the San Paulo International Film Festival last year.

Aktis Film International is handling world sales on the title.