Magazine article Screen International

Beta Launches Ruzowitzky, Holland, Dresen, Netzer Films

Magazine article Screen International

Beta Launches Ruzowitzky, Holland, Dresen, Netzer Films

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German sales powerhouse Beta Cinema has revealed details of its new Cannes titles, among them the latest features from Oscar winner Stefan Ruzowitzky, Oscer nominee Agnieszka Holland, Un Certain Regard-winner Andreas Dresen and Golden Bear-winner Calin Peter Netzer.

Beta's auteur-driven slate is headed by hard-boiled genre film Hell (working title, pictured), from Ruzowitzky, who won his Oscar for The Counterfeiters. Hell is a taut thriller about a young woman witnessing a brutal murder by a fanatic Islamist serial killer.

Shot by DoP Benedict Neuenfels (The Counterfeiters, Anonyma - A Woman In Berlin) and starring Violetta Schurawkow and Tobias Moretti, Hell is produced by genre experts Allegro Film and Amazing Film Company and is currently in post-production. First footage will be revealed at the Beta Cinema Cannes office.

Beta is also introducing buyers to Agnieszka Holland's Game Count, a thriller based on Olga Tokarczuk's bestseller Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead about mysterious killings without clear traces in a small mountain village on the Czech-Polish border.

The film, which recently finished shooting, is produced by TOR Film Production in co-production with Heimatfilm, Nutprodukce, Chimney, Agora Odra-Film, National Audiovisual Institute, HBO Europe, ZDF, Arte, Czech Television and Film i Väst. …

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