German sales giant Beta Cinema has announced several deals on its World War II drama the forgerwhich will be screened at the Cannes Market after its premiere at the Berlinale last February.
The film sold in North America (Kino Lorber), Australia and New Zealand (Palace Films), China (Huanxi Media Group), Hong Kong (Edko), Taiwan (Moviecloud), Spain (Vercine), in the former Yugoslavia (Discovery) and Scandinavia (film of the future).
Kino Lorber is planning a theatrical release in late 2022, followed by a digital rollout across all platforms, including Kino Now.
the forger is written and directed by Maggie Peren, who wrote and directed The color of the ocean and is a winner of the German Film Award for her screenplay of Before the fall.
Based on real facts, the forger tells the story of Cioma Schönhaus, a 21-year-old Jewish man living in wartime Berlin who decides to try hiding in the wilderness using the identity of a naval officer he created for himself . He throws himself into the city’s nightlife and even finds love during the war’s darkest moments.
The film stars Louis Hofmann, best known for the hit Netflix series Darkalongside Jonathan Berli, Luna Wedler, Nina Gummich and Marc Limpach.
“We are very happy and proud that Kino Lorber has chosen the forger for North America and we hope audiences will flock to this engaging and personal World War II drama,” said Dirk Schürhoff, CEO of Beta Cinema.
“Kino Lorber and Beta have enjoyed many successful collaborations over the years, and we are thrilled to continue this relationship with the release of Maggie Peren’s standout film,” added Richard Lorber, President and CEO of Kino Lorber.
The producers are Alexander Fritzemeyer and Martin Kosok for DREIFILM, in co-production with Amour Fou Luxembourg, Network Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion, ZDF and arte. The production was supported by Film Fund Luxembourg, FFF Bayern, DFFF and FFA.