MIPCOM 2011: Beta Film presents international productions for the worldwide market
Munich, 29 September 2011. At this year’s MipCom in Cannes, Beta Film is presenting outstanding productions from ten different countries. Among the highlights are the action movie Bermuda Triangle North Sea, which recently won the prime-time slot for the young audience on Germany’s RTL. While A World Beyond takes the viewer to the exotic world of Southeast Asia, the Italian miniseries Violetta inspired by Dumas’ “The Lady of the Camellias”, relates one of the most famous love stories in the world. The family drama The Other Child is based on the bestselling novel of Charlotte Link, whose books have been sold 17 million times internationally. At MipJunior, Beta’s family label Wunderbox is presenting the children’s animated series Trenk, the Little Knight, the new Janosch series The Tigerduck Gang and the theatrical feature Princess Lillifee and the Unicorn.
Bermuda Triangle North Sea (2 hours) combines the old saga of the witches’ hole in the North Sea with a genuine ecological catastrophe caused by the storage of CO2 in the midst of a gigantic methane field beneath the ocean floor. Hannes Jaenicke (“Hindenburg”) and Bettina Zimmermann (“Spear of Destiny”) are the stars of director Nick Lyon’s (“Punk Love”) action film produced by Dreamtool Entertainment. A World Beyond (2 x 90’), also produced by teamWorx, plays out in 1939 in the Dutch colony of Java, where a young woman is caught in the turmoil marking the outbreak of WWII must assume a great responsibility. Vittoria Puccini (“The Crown Prince”) and Tobias Moretti (“Dance with the Devil”) play the lead roles in the dramatic love story Violetta (2 x 90’, Magnolia Fiction), directed by Christian Duguay (“The Art of War,” “Pius XII”). The mini-series The Other Child (2 x 90’), starring Marie Bäumer (“Counterfeiters”), Bronagh Gallagher (“Pulp Fiction”, “Star Wars”) and Carolyn Pickles (“Harry Potter”), tells of a family that shatters against a secret held for three generations. The director of the teamWorx-production is Urs Egger (“Umbra Mortis”), who shot on spectacular locations in Northern England.
Beta Film is presenting new seasons of many successful series, including the exceptional North-American police series King (21 x 1 hour, Indian Grove) with Amy Price-Francis (“24”, “Californication”) in the lead role, the action-packed Australian series Sea Patrol (68 x one hour, Nine Film & TV) about a coast-guard patrol unit, and the most successful Beta series of all time, Rex – A Cop’s Best Friend (179 x one hour, Beta), which has been sold in about 100 territories. The world’s most popular police dog teams up with a new inspector (Ettore Bassi, “Pius XII”) for his investigations.
Beta Film’s MipCom line-up also comprises a number of high-quality American TV-movies such as the Lifetime psycho-thriller Committed with Andrea Roth (“Blue Bloods”) and Richard Burgi (“Desperate Housewives,” “The Sentinel”), and Good Witch, Bad Witch (Whizbang Films), the sequel of the Christmas film “Good Witch’s Wedding” with Catherine Bell (“Bruce Almighty”). From France comes the thriller The Wrong Man (Ego Productions / Be Films) with Guillaume Gouix (“Midnight in Paris”). A stalker drives a family to the edge of the abyss. In the vampire film Bound by Blood, produced by the Spanish broadcaster Antena 3, the forces of evil do battle with the power of love.
At MipCom and Mip Junior, Beta Film’s family entertainment label Wunderbox once again turns to the enchanting stories of the little pink fairy-tale character Lillifee and presents the second feature film, Princess Lillifee and the Unicorn, along with the Lillifee series which comprises 26 episodes and is produced by Wunderwerk and Caligari Film. Trenk, the Little Knight (13 x 22’), produced by Blue Eyes Fiction and Wunderwerk, tells the story of a little boy who sets out with great courage and a little piglet to become a true hero. Trenk, the Little Knight enjoyed great success on ZDF, and a second season is already in production. With the two Papa Löwe-productions Come on, Let’s Find a Treasure (1 x 75’) and The Tigerduck Gang (1 x 65’ and first season 26 x 13’, second season in production), Beta Film celebrates the 80th birthday of the world-famous children’s book author Janosch.
In the field of feature films, Beta will be presenting, among other things, the German hit Kokowääh (Barefoot Films, Béla Jarzyk) by and with Til Schweiger, the melodrama about German-Turkish immigrant workers Almanya (Roxy Film) by Yasemin Samdereli, which has already won several German Film Awards, the Russian science fiction film Target (Ren Film) and the football film Lessons of a Dream (deutschfilm, Cuckoo Clock, Senator) with Daniel Brühl in the lead role.