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BERLIN 2018 Market / Germany

Global Screen, Picture Tree International, m-appeal and Films Boutique descend on the Berlinale

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- A raft of German international sales agents are presenting premieres in various sections of this year’s Berlin Film Festival

Global Screen, Picture Tree International, m-appeal and Films Boutique descend on the Berlinale
303 by Hans Weingartner

Munich-based sales agent Global Screen is presenting Hans Weingartner’s new film, 303 [+see also:
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, as the opening film of the Generation 14plus programme of the Berlinale (15-25 February). After The Edukators and Hut in the Woods [+see also:
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, the Austrian director delivers a profoundly moving boy-meets-girl story about a young biology student who picks up a hitchhiker in her rusty camper van on the way from Berlin to Portugal. Global Screen also boasts several popular German features in its EFM line-up, such as Only God Can Judge Me [+see also:
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 by Özgür YildirimWhatever Happens [+see also:
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 by Niels LaupertMy Brother Simple [+see also:
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 by Markus GollerThis Crazy Heart [+see also:
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 by Marc Rothemund and Don't. Get. Out! [+see also:
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 by Christian Alvart.

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Picture Tree International is bringing five market premieres along to the EFM. Among them is the German comedy A Jar Full of Life, which is the debut feature by Florian Ross, the German box-office hit Suck Me Shakespeer 3 [+see also:
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 by Bora Dagtekin, the buddy comedy Hot Dog [+see also:
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, with German stars Til Schweiger and Matthias Schweighöfer, the book adaptation Killing Stella [+see also:
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by Julian Pölsler (The Wall [+see also:
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), and the Swedish family adventure Monky [+see also:
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 by Maria Blom.

The sales team from m-appeal will present a brand-new acquisition from Brazil as a world premiere in the Panorama. In Hard Paint by Marcio Reolon and Filipe Matzembacher, a young man earns a living as a performer in chat rooms, called NeonBoy, who glows in the dark. But things take a dramatic turn when somebody copies his act. From Sweden comes the debut feature The Heart [+see also:
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 by writer-director Fanni Metelius, who rips apart relationship prejudices and explores what really makes our pulses quicken in matters of the modern heart. Furthermore, m-appeal is touting the dark horror-comedy The Cannibal Club by Guto Parente.

Berlin-based Films Boutique is proud to have three world premieres in the Berlinale Competition. In his new documentary Eldorado [+see also:
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, Swiss filmmaker Markus Imhoof (More Than Honey [+see also:
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) questions the system of organised aid for refugees, who have no real chance of forging a better life in Europe. In the Iranian black comedy Pig by Mani Haghighi, a filmmaker is upset that he can’t make movies any more. But when directors start being murdered in Tehran, he is frustrated that he is being ignored. Films Boutique’s third Golden Bear contender is the Filipino rock opera Season of the Devil by Lav Diaz, which describes the gloomy mood during the dictatorship of the military-controlled militia during the late 1970s. 

The company’s line-up also includes the Austrian feature L’Animale [+see also:
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by Katharina Mückstein, which will premiere in Panorama Special and has a cross-section screening in Generation 14+. Shortly before graduating from school, life begins to change for a girl when she is forced to renegotiate notions like love and friendship in a boys’ gang.

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