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NEWS BERLIN BRIEFS


eOne, Wrekin in Canada pact Entertainment One and Wrekin Hill Entertainment have signed a three-year Canadian-output agreement by which eOne will distribute Wrekin Hill films in all media formats across Canada. Wrekin was set up last year by former Newmarket Films co-founder Chris Ball with his Newmarket colleagues Rene Cogan and John Crye. David Reckziegel, co-president of eOne Canada, said: “Chris and his team have an established track record of delivering quality content, and Wrekin Hill’s strong relationships with independent content creators will allow it to rapidly add to its film roster.”


Herzog retrospective at TIFF German cult director Werner Herzog, whose 3D doc Cave Of Forgotten Dreams will be shown as a Special Screening today, is to be honoured with a retrospective at the 10th Transilvania International Film Festival in Cluj, Romania (June 3-12). There will also be a focus on cult Belgian and Norwegian cinema, as well as a showcase of work from French film-maker, clown and comedian Pierre Etaix.


BY GEOFFREY MACNAB Jan Rofekamp’s Quebec-based Films Transit and Peter Jager’s Vienna-based Autlook, two of the leading sales agents for feature docs, are to join forces on selected projects. As the collaboration gets under


way in Berlin, two films from Films Transit, Position Among The Stars and !Women Art Revolution, will be co-represented by Autlook. “As there are only a few theatri-


cal docs every year and the mar- ketplace is ever changing, it’s ideal for us to join forces and share know-how with a great sales agent like Films Transit,” Autlook CEO Jager said. “We did Into Eternity


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Films Transit and Autlook share docs


years of experience and costs, so between Autlook, us and the pro- ducer it’s a win-win-win partner- ship which will bring great feature docs to the market in a faster and more effi cient way.” !Women Art Revolution is the


!Women Art Revolution


together; that collaboration went so well that we decided to con- tinue working together. “Autlook will negotiate all


rights deals with theatrical dis- tributors and, together with Films


Transit, we decide on the best partners for each fi lm.” Films Transit CEO Rofekamp


agreed. “Our collaboration is decided film by film,” he said. “Films Transit and Autlook share


only documentary ever to be selected by each of Toronto, Sun- dance and, now, the Berlinale Panorama. It explores how the 20th-century feminist art move- ment provided a model of cultural and political change through the work of pioneering women artists. Leonard Retel Helmrich’s Posi-


tion Among The Stars won Sun- dance’s world cinema special jury prize for documentary fi lm.


Grunert in third Mackenzie tie


The team from Forum title Familiar Ground (En Terrains Connus) ahead of its world premiere on Friday night. Left to right: sound designer Sylvain Bellemare; producer Kim McCraw; actress Dominique Pétin; executive director, Telefilm Canada, Carolle Brabant; director Stéphane Lafleur; actress Fanny Mallette; producer Luc Déry; and actor Francis La Haye.


Other Angle takes on trio of features


BY NANCY TARTAGLIONE France’s Other Angle has added three films to its Berlin slate. All Our Desires, from director Philippe Lioret, is an adaptation of Emma- nuel Carrere’s book, D’Autres Vies Que La Mienne, which matches Marie Gillain and Vincent Lindon as a novice and an experienced judge respectively. Mars is releas- ing the fi lm in France in November.


You Will Be My Son is a father-


and-son story starring A Prophet’s Niels Arestrup. Directed by Gilles Legrand, it follows the plight of a vineyard owner who, unhappy with his own son, dreams of choos- ing a different heir. Universal is releasing in France in August. First Love, the feature directorial


debut of La Premiere Etoile writer and producer Marie-Castille


Mention-Schaar, is a love story between two youngsters. Mars will release in France in October. Also on Other Angle’s line-up


are Nicostratos The Pelican, which Warner Bros is releasing in France in June; Stéphane Kazandjian’s Michel G, King Of The World; Meet- ing With An Angel by Yves Thomas and Sophie de Daruvar, and Serge Gisquiere’s Trading Dresses.


BY MARTIN BLANEY Berlin/Hamburg-based producer Malte Grunert is to embark on a third collaboration with director David Mackenzie, after being one of the producers on his Perfect Sense and You Instead, which have both screened at the EFM this week. Through his company, Amuse-


ment Park Films, Grunert is dev- eloping an adaptation of the Georges Simenon crime novel The Stain On The Snow, for which Mackenzie is writing the screen- play and will direct. The Scottish director’s produc-


tion outfi t, Sigma Films, will co- produce the dark drama, which has received development fund- ing from the UK Film Council and will be shot mainly at loca- tions in Germany. In addition, Grunert is develop-


ing Heaven On Earth (Himmel Auf Erden) which has been developed with Bille August and Lone Scher- fi g each delivering their takes on


the love story set in the mid-1960s between a Danish musician and an East German girl. Develop- ment support has come from the Filmförderung Hamburg Sch- leswig-Holstein and attracted Denmark’s Zentropa and Arthaus as co-producers. Both The Stain On The Snow and


Heaven On Earth are in the $6.8m-$10.8m (¤5m-¤8m) bracket, while a third, as-yet-unti- tled English-language project with UK partners is bud geted at $13.5m (¤10m) and is due to begin shoot- ing in Hamburg in late summer. Apart from working on Eng-


lish-language European co-pro- ductions, Amusement Park is also interested in German-lan- guage projects. One fi lm in devel- opment is Unser Mann In New York, which will be directed by Florian Baxmeyer from a screen- play by investigative political journalist/film-maker Wilfried Huismann.


FESTIVAL SCREENING TODAY:


Feb. 13 at 10 AM - Filmtheater am Friedrichshain


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Anita Simovic Head of Int’l Sales +46 706 48 26 11


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