Start of production for Burhan Qurbani’s BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ

Filming started for the new film from director Burhan Qurbani (“We Are Young. We Are Strong”): BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ on 23 May 2018.

Alfred Döblin’s classic 1929 novel is more relevant than ever today: Burhan Qurbani uncovers the parallels to the social structures of our times and gives the story about the stumbling Franz Biberkopf a modern face – in the refugee Francis – and a new significance. Against the background of modern-day Berlin, BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ takes elements and characters from the novel and links them together to form a gripping, mercilessly honest big city and gangster ballad. The utopia of the story that even the weakest member of society can find his way into the heart of the community, this story of pride and fall and above all love and its exploitation is universal and goes straight to the heart. Excessive and dramatic, atmospherically tight and full of poetic force.

Qurbani has already proved his feeling for the marginal groups of our society, for complex and relevant themes produced for the big screen with powerful visual language, playful narrative forms and his own signature, with “Shahada” (2010) and “We Are Young. We Are Strong” (2014). He has once again been able to put together an extraordinary cast for BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ: Francis is played by Welket Bungué, who attracted attention with the film “Joaquim” at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival. The character of Reinhold is embodied by Albrecht Schuch (“Paula“, “Bad Banks”); Mieze is played by Jella Haase (“Suck Me Shakespeer 1-3”, “4 Kings”). Other cast members include Annabelle Mandeng (“Unknown Identity”) and Joachim Krol (“Lost in Siberia”). Qurbani wrote the screenplay with Martin Behnke (“We Are Young. We Are Strong”, “Dark”) and Yoshi Heimrath (“We Are Young. We Are Strong”, “Das Verschwinden”) is in charge of the camera. Filming is ongoing, taking place until 23 July 2018 in Berlin, Baden-Württemberg and in North Rhine Westphalia.

BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ is produced by Sommerhaus Filmproduktion (“In the Aisles”) with Jochen Laube, Leif Alexis and Fabian Maubach as producers, in co-production with ZDF, in collaboration with Arte. Dutch co-production company is Lemming Film. The film is sponsored by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB), Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (MFG), Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), German Federal Film Board (FFA), by German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), Netherlands Film Fund and the Netherlands Production Incentive. The film is developed with the support of Eurimages and Torino Film Lab. World sales are handled by Beta Cinema. Distribution company eOne Germany will be releasing BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ at German cinemas in 2019.

NETFLIX’ SEE WHAT’S NEXT

Netflix champions European entertainment at the SEE WHAT’S NEXT event in Berlin on March 1, 2017.

Netflix, the world’s leading global Internet TV service, is now among the leading producers and distributors of high quality European entertainment. Since 2012, Netflix has committed more than $1.75 billion* to European productions (licensed, original and co-productions), an ever growing investment that to date includes more than 90 original productions in various stages of development.

The original content – which spans series, films, documentaries, kids shows and stand-up specials – includes upcoming titles like Dark, Netflix first original series from Germany, a gripping crime thriller series from Italy called Suburra, and Las chicas del cable, a romantic 1920s inspired drama from Spain, all of which Netflix showcased today at a press conference in Berlin.

And it’s not just those in Europe who will be excited for this new programming. From Netflix original series like the Golden Globe winning The Crown and Marseille and films like 7 años to exclusive stand-up specials from Gad Elmaleh, Jandino Asporaat and Dieter Nuhr, European content is being enjoyed globally by the more than 100 million Netflix members around the world.

“Great storytelling knows no geographic bounds. After four years of original programming and filming in 18 countries, we know compelling stories can come from anywhere and no matter their origin, can resonate with audiences around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer. “In fact, of the European shows available on Netflix last year, more than half of watchers came from outside of Europe, which is why we are confident our upcoming slate of international shows will be enjoyed by viewers in their home countries and beyond.”

THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM “MUTE” COMMENCES PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Principal photography on filmmaker Duncan Jones’s (Warcraft: The Beginning, Moon) thriller Mute commenced mid of October in Berlin, Germany.  Starring Alexander Skarsgård (Tarzan, The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man, Anchorman) and Justin Theroux (The Leftovers, The Girl on the Train), the feature film, which will be produced by Jones’s longtime business partner Stuart Fenegan for Liberty Films, will join Netflix’s growing 2017 Original Film slate.

The much-anticipated project comes from a story Jones created twelve years ago.  The film follows Leo (Skarsgård), a mute man searching for a missing person in the year 2052 in Berlin while dueling with two rogue villains played by Rudd and Theroux.  Jones co-wrote the script with Michael Robert Johnson (Sherlock Holmes).  Charles J.D. Schlissel serves as executive producer along with co-producers Henning Molfenter, Charlie Woebcken, Christoph Fisser of Studio Babelsberg.

Mute is an encapsulation of everything I am fascinated by; noir, science fiction, and unique people in trouble because of who and what they are.  I’m delighted to be able to return to Berlin for the shoot, a place I lived for a period of time growing up, and I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a film that is so close to my heart,” said Duncan Jones.

JULIETA goes Oscars®

The Oscar® race has begun: Pedro Almodóvars 20th feature film is Spains contender for 2017’s Academy Awards®. The movie is based on works by Alice Munro who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013.

HAIL, CAESAR! opens 66. Berlin International Film Festival

A perfect start for the 66th Berlin International Film Festival: The new comedy of the Coen Brothers is a playful ode to Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1950s. The two cult filmmakers and the glamorous cast of HAIL, CAESAR! – Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Tilda Swinton, and Channing Tatum – were presenting their movie at the Berlinale Palast on February 11th.

World premiere at Berlin International Film Festival: Anne Zohra Berrached’s 24 WOCHEN

Anne Zohra Berrached’s 24 WOCHEN marks Germany’s only entry in the competition of the 66. Berlin International Film Festival starring Julia Jentsch and Bjarne Mädel.

The intense drama shows the decisions a couple has to face in today’s times of medical progress and career choices. How to act when there is no clear line between right and wrong?

24 WOCHEN is Anne Zohra Berrached’s graduate film produced at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. She co-wrote the script with Carl Gerber after thorough research. To develope and shoot this masterful drama the filmmakers created a unique working enviroment including professional actresses and actors, lay people and experts.

Oscar® nominees 2016

The nominations for the world’s most prestigious movie award definitely started this years Oscar® excitement here at AIM – Creative Strategies & Visions. We congratulate the casts and crews of THE BIG SHORT, THE HATEFUL 8, STEVE JOBS and EX_MACHINA for achieving 12 nominations in total.

DER STAAT GEGEN FRITZ BAUER wins audience award at Locarno

Lars Kraume’s portrait of post World War II Germany captivated the audience of the 68th Festival del film Locarno. DER STAAT GEGEN FRITZ BAUER marked one of the festival’s highlights thanks to the brilliant performace of Burghart Klaußner playing the resolute Chief Public Prosecutor Fritz Bauer, the one-of-a-kind cast surrounding Ronald Zehrfeld, Sebastian Blomberg und Jörg Schüttauf as well as its enthralling presentation.

BOY 7-Premiere at Munich International Film Festival

Five smart “boys” and one charming “girl” – Özgür Yildirims cool Thriller BOY 7 starring David Kross and Emilia Schüle celebrates its premiere at Munich International Film Festival. Cinematic release: August 20th.

 

The Misplaced World celebrates its world premiere at the Berlinale

On February 13 the exceptionally talented german director Margarethe von Trotta presented her new film at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick welcomed not only the director but also the prominent actors Katja Riemann, Barbara Sukowa, Matthias Habich, Robert Seeliger, Karin Dor, Gunnar Möller, Tom Beck and August Zirner to the world premiere of this very much anticipated movie.

TAKEN 3 becomes audience millionaire

The final installment of the TAKEN trilogy about former government agent Bryan Mills is a great success in German cinemas. Last weekend the action thriller starring Liam Neeson became the first film released in 2015 to pass the 1-million-viewers mark. TAKEN 3 also boasted in France, grossing €6.7M in the first week only – thus being the most successful release of the trilogy.

European Film Award for Marion Cotillard

The French actress has been honored with a European Film Award. Cotillard won in the Best Actress category for her sensitive and compelling performance in Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne’s newest masterpiece DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT.

European Film Awards 2014: 7 Nominations for NYMPHOMANIAC, TURIST & DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT

Last weekend the European Film Academy has announced their nominations for this year’s European Film Awards. We are proud that three of our projects received nominations: Lars von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC VOLUME I & II is nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and Best Actor (Stellan Skarsgård). The Swedish production TURIST is nominated for Best Picture and Best Director (Ruben Östlund). The directors Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne are nominated in the Best Screenplay category for their new masterpiece DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT whereas Marion Cotillard could win in the Best Actress category. The awards will be presented in the Latvian capital Riga on December 13th.

100% completed! LUCY rules the German box office

LUCY is unstoppable! The spectacular international success of LUCY continues relentlessly. After its phenomenal triumph in the US of over $ 100 Mio. of box office takings, the Sci-Fi thriller directed by genre specialist Luc Besson also took the lead in France, Australia and the Netherlands. Now LUCY hit Germany and grossed 460.000 viewers (€ 3,8 Mio. revenue) over the opening weekend, who were wowed by a brilliant Scarlett Johansson in the leading role and the visually bombastic implementation. On top of that, more than 1000 viewers per cinema even signify a bogey for LUCY!

Tommy Lee Jones’ THE HOMESMAN in competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2014

Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars with fellow Academy Award winners Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep in an epic drama set in the pioneer days.

 
Nebraska, 1854. Mary Bee Cuddy, 31, lives a solitary existence in a God-fearing frontier town. She is designated by members of her church to take back East three traumatized women who have lost their minds. On the way, Mary saves the life of Briggs, a deserter and outlaw, who agrees to help in her mission in return for $300 if they reach their destination safely. Through snowstorms and perilous encounters with settlers and Indians, the two loners grow closer until Mary proposes marriage. Whatever Briggs chooses—a beautiful wife or carefree drifting—for both of them, life can never be the same again…

AUTOBAHN (WT) starts shooting in Germany starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley

Joel Silver-Produced ‘Autobahn’ gears up with Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley

Silver Pictures‘ action thriller Autobahn has started production May 5. IM Global is backing the picture with additional financing from Sycamore Pictures and Beijing-based DMG Entertainment. Eran Creevy (Welcome To The Punch) is directing Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley in the story about a young American couple plunged into a game of cat-and-mouse across Germany when they find themselves caught between two ruthless criminals.

Joel Silver will produce through his Silver Pictures banner, along with Ben Pugh of UK-based 42 and Brian Kavanaugh Jones of Automatik (Insidious). Silver Pictures’ Steve Richards and Aaron Auch are executive producing, along with IM Global CEO Stuart Ford and Matt Jackson. hands-on producers Hermann Joha, Kay Niessen and Daniel Hetzer are producing in Germany.

Silver says, “When I first read F. Scott Frazier’s script for Autobahn, I knew it had the makings of a great action movie. It’s a gritty, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride through Europe with an incredible cast.”

The feature will shoot entirely in Germany with subsidies from DFFF, the German Federal Film Fund and NRW.

3 Oscars® go to 12 YEARS A SLAVE

Steve McQueens masterpiece 12 YEARS A SLAVE won three trophies at the 86th Academy Awards. The drama based on a true story was honored as “Best Picture” as were John Logans “Best Adapted Screenplay” and “Best Supporting Actress” Lupita Nyong’o.

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS earns three Golden Globes® nominations

Last Thursday INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS was nominated for three Golden Globes®. The movie nabbed a nomination for “Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy” and actor Oscar Isaac got recognized for his performance (“Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy”). Furthermore INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS may win the Golden Globe® Award for “Best Original Song – Motion Picture”.

Golden Globes® nominations for Rush and Daniel Brühl

RUSH and Daniel Brühl can aspire to win two Golden Globes® next January. Last Thursday the movie and its main actor earned nominations in the categories “Best Motion Picture, Drama” and “Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture”.

MAGIC BOX OFFICE: NOW YOU SEE ME hits 100 Mio. dollar margin

Over the first weekend the summer blockbuster NOW YOU SEE ME has already proven its potential and entered number 1 of the US box office relegating even “After Earth”. Audiences love Louis Leterrier’s magic thriller which hit the 100 Mio. dollar margin within four weeks.
In Germany Concorde Filmverleih succesfully released the film with Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Mélanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman and Sir Michael Caine on July 11, 2013.