Germany's Beta Books Sales on Berlinale Titles 'My Best Enemy,' 'Almanya'


COLOGNE, Germany -- German sales outfit Beta Cinema closed out the 2011 European Film Market on a high note, inking multiple territories on Berlin Film Festival titles My Best Enemy and Almanya.

Deals for My Best Enemy included ones with Germany's Neue Visionen, Future Film in Scandinavia, Gilad in Israel and Switzerland's Cineworx. Beta said it is also in final negotiations for U.S. deal for the WWII-set dramedy, which stars Moritz Bleibtreu as a Jewish concentration camp inmate who switches identities with an S.S. officer.

Almanya, a German-lingo comedy about the Turkish immigrant experience by first-generation German Turks Yasemin and Nesrin Samdereli, sold to Spain (Golem), Italy (Theodora Film), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Turkey (Medyavizyon) and Israel (Lev Cinemas) with a French deal expected soon.

Beta also reported sales for Passione, John Turturro's musical homage to Naples, with Palace Films taking the title for Australia/New Zealand and Docreview acquiring Polish rights and Augusti Villaronga's multiple Goya winner Black Bread, which was picked up by France's Alfama Films and Clapfilmes in Portugal with a Japanese deal nearing completion.

Beta had one of its strongest EFMs yet, with three U.S. deals signed just ahead of or during the Berlin market: Sony Pictures Classics picked up Agnieszka Holland's upcoming period drama In Darkness, Music Box nabbed Phillip Stolzl's historic rom-com Goetheand Corinth Films taking domestic rights on Ralf Huettner's sleeper hit Vincent Wants to Sea.