Magazine article Screen International

The Match Factory Secures Key Deals across Berlin Slate

Magazine article Screen International

The Match Factory Secures Key Deals across Berlin Slate

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Art-house stalwart The Match Factory has secured a slew of deals on its Berlinale and EFM slate, including on the three films which won awards for the company at the festival.

Aki Kaurismäki's The Other Side Of Hope, winner of the Silver Bear for best director, sold out in Europe during the EFM and has additionally been snapped up for Japan (Eurospace), Brazil (Imovision), CIS (Russian Report) Hong Kong (Edko), Mexico (Mantarraya) Turkey (Filmarti) and China (Time-in-Portrait).

Deals for other key markets are understood to be in the works while deals for the digitally remastered Kaurismäki Classics collection have been closed for China (Time-in-Portrait) and Hong Kong (Edko).

German comedy Bye Bye Germany, the Berlinale special title starring Moritz Bleibtreu, went to Australia/NZ (Jiff), Brazil (Mares), Bulgaria (Bulgarian Film Vision), China (Time-in-Portait), CIS (Russian Report), Greece (Feelgood), Turkey (Filmarti), Hong Kong (Edko), Hungary (Cirko), Israel (Lev Films), Italy (Teodora), Taiwan (Joint Entertainment) and Spain (Festival Films).

X-Verleih will release the film in Germany.

Austrian crime-comedy Wild Mouse, the debut from Austrian cabaret artist Josef Hader which played in competition, has secured distribution in France (ARP), Scandinavia (Scanbox), China (Time-in-Portait), Greece (Feelgood), Hong Kong (Edko), Hungary (Cirko), Poland (Aurora), Turkey (Siyah Beyaz), Baltics (A-One Films), Taiwan (Cineplex) and Bulgaria (Bulgarian Film Vision).

Majestic will release the Austrian box office hit in Germany.

Buyers sign Manifesto

Sundance hit Manifesto, starring Cate Blanchett in 13 different roles, has secured further sales in addition to the deals previously announced by Screen, with Benelux (Contact), South Korea (Challan), Taiwan (Moviecloud), Mexico (Mantarraya), Hong Kong (Edko), Poland (Gutek), Greece (Danaos), China (Time-in-Portait), Bulgaria (Bulgarian Film Vision), Brazil (Mares) and Turkey (Fabula). …

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