Senator Entertainment Partners With Praesens-Film for Swiss Distribution

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The German and Swiss indies will collaborate on theatrical and home entertainment releases, such as the upcoming "Mr. Morgan's Last Love" starring Michael Cane.

CANNES – German independent distributor Senator Entertainment is expanding into Switzerland, signing an agreement with local distributor Praesens-Film to jointly bow titles theatrically as well as on home entertainment and via Video-on-Demand in the territory.

Senator is coming off a record year, driven by the blockbuster success of French comedy The Intouchables, which grossed more than $80 million at the German box office for the Berlin-based distributor. Senator has plowed that cash back into expansion, upping its acquisitions and productions and now expanding its distribution business beyond the German and Austrian markets.

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Senator and Praesens will kick off their cooperation this summer with the Michael Caine-starrer Mr. Morgan's Last Love from director Sandra Nettelbeck (Mostly Martha). Other titles set to go out under the new Senator Film Verleih Schweiz label include the Irish drama Run & Jump from director Steph Green -- which premiered in Tribeca last month -- and literary adaptation The Cook, based on the bestseller by Swiss writer Martin Suter, and which Senator is co-producing together with Swiss shingle C-Films and Germany's Network Movies, set for a 2014 release.

“Switzerland is a particularly exciting and important market for the kind of films we tend to distribute and offers us a huge opportunity for organic growth,” said Senator Entertainment CEO Helge Sasse.