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Beta Film picks up Edith Stein drama “A Rose in Winter”

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Sep 10 2019

Munich, 10.  September 2019. She was a champion of feminism, a Carmelite nun, a German Jew, a martyr in Auschwitz and a canonized saint: Edith Stein. Beta Film features her life and fate in Joshua Sinclair’s A Rose in Winter (4x45’/2 hours) at MIPCOM this fall. Sinclair, who also wrote the script, gathered a star-studded group of talents in front and behind the camera. Zana Marjanovic (In the Land of Blood and Honey), Christian Cooke (Ordeal by Innocence), Karl Markovics (Oscar-winning The Counterfeiters), Ken Duken (Inglorious Basterds), Anja Kruse (Jump) and Hannelore Elsner (Cherry Blossoms – Hanami) are starring, as DOP serves three-time Oscar winner Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor), editor is Roberto Perpignani (The Postman, Last Tango in Paris). The the score was composed by Franco Piersanti (Il Caimano, Habemus Papam).

The Rose in Winter has already garnered extensive international attention at screenings at the United Nations, the European Parliament and at serval festivals in Europe, Israel and the US. In December it will be presented at the House of Congress in Washington, D.C. A Rose in Winter is produced by A Rose in Winter Limited in association with Laser Films and Official Films.

1962. Young New York Times reporter Michael is sent to Europe to learn about the life of philosopher and feminist Edith Stein. A German Jew who converted to Catholicism and became a nun, she met her end in a gas chamber and was later to become Europe's only Jewish patron saint. Over the course of his travels, Michael meets the various people in Edith's life. From the halls of the university, where she studied and taught, to the trenches of World War l, where she served as a Red Cross nurse and met the only love of her life, to the convent where she spent her final years as a Carmelite nun, fiercely fighting the Nazi regime. Her determination to force the Church to take action from within led to her deportation and death. As he learns more about Edith, Michael comes to realize that her fate was inextricably linked to his own and, like many others, he ultimately owes her his life.