Delphi saved from the brink
At the start of the year, Dario Suter, Christoph Daniel and Marc Schmidheiny, who founded Berlin-based production company DCM Productions, bought 50% shares in Delphi Filmverleih, a distribution company set up by Claus Boje in 1989.
After many years of success (Delphi has distributed titles including The Edukators, Il Divo [+see also:
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film profile], and regularly works with prominent directors, like Detlev Buck, from Jailbirds to his latest outing Same Same But Different [+see also:
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DCM’s three founders have experience in film as well as Internet. Their first production venture, Ceasefire [+see also:
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Boje is delighted at this new partnership, which comes in addition to his collaboration with Buck through the production company Boje Buck Produktion. He believes that bringing together different skills focused on a shared passion for cinema will enable them to continue to share great films with people.
Meanwhile, Suter insists that after the experience of Ceasefire, the best strategic choice was to get involved in distribution. He also describes the partnership as an ideal combination between Boje and Schmitt’s experience on the one hand and his and his partners’ Internet marketing know-how on the other. He promises "innovative campaigns".
As part of this new joint venture, Delphi already has two films lined up for this year: Jean-Pierre Améris’s French title Romantics Anonymous [+see also:
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(Translated from French)
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