Time was right for Strand, Wolfe at recent AFM


Domestic buyers kept their eye on the clock at last month's American Film Market, out of which Strand Releasing has acquired North American rights to the Spanish comedy "Your Life in 65 Minutes" (Tu Vida En 65) and Wolfe Releasing picked up U.S. rights to the German drama "Four Minutes" (Vier Minuten).

Maria Ripoll's "65 Minutes" follows a band of young friends who become entangled in romantic complications after they end up at the wrong funeral. The film, produced by Marta Esteban and Francisco Ramos, had its North American premiere in the AFI Fest's Latin Cinema Series.

Chris Kraus' "Four Minutes" follows the unlikely friendship between two German prisoners, one a young woman who murdered a man as a teenager and the other a piano teacher kept behind bars since World War II. It had its U.S. premiere in the AFI Fest's World Cinema section. Produced by Meike and Alexandra Kordes, the film also sold to distributors in Brazil, Argentina, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria at AFM.

Among other notable sales, Sony Pictures Classics took North American rights to Fredi M. Murer's "Vitus," winner of AFI Fest's audience award for best feature film. The Swiss drama also sold to some 20 territories, including Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Japan and China.

In addition to "65 Minutes," Strand picked up North American rights to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Oscar submission, "Grbavica," and Hungary's Oscar entry, "Wild Palms." Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's German Oscar entry, "The Lives of Others," sold to South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Portugal, Thailand and Hong Kong.

Producers Joe Dante and Elizabeth Stanley picked up U.S. remake rights to Alante Alfandari's French mystery "Fissures" after the film's AFI Fest world premiere.

Maya Releasing won U.S. rights to Carla Garapedian's AFI Fest international documentary competition grand jury prizewinner, "Screamers."