BERLIN -- International buyers are flocking to Romanian tragicomedy Child's Pose, which won the Golden Bear for best film at the Berlin International Film Festival on Sunday, with sales group Beta Cinema racking up deals across Europe and Asia.
Following a high-profile deal for Child's Pose with X Verleih for German-speaking Europe, Beta closed for Calin Peter Netzer's family drama in France with Sophie Dulac Distribution, in Italy with Teodora, with Contact Films for Benelux, with Seven Films for Greece and with Discovery Film and Video for Serbia/Montenegro. Palace Films took rights to the feature for Australia/New Zealand, and Swallow Wings bought it for Taiwan.
Child's Pose follows a rich and domineering mother (Luminita Gheorghiu, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) who intervenes to try and prevent her ungrateful son from being sent to jail for manslaughter after he kills a poor child in a driving accident. Beta said it is in negotiations with distributors around the world for the film, including buyers in the U.K. and U.S..
Overall it was a strong Berlin for Beta, which racked up sales on German sleeper hit Oh Boy from first-timer Jan Ole Gerster, with deals in France (Diaphana), Italy (Academy Two), Benelux (ABC-Cinemien), Greece (Strada Films), Australia/New Zealand (Madman) and Taiwan (Fast Forward).
The German-Norwegian thriller Two Lives sold to Sophie Dulac for France and Nachshon Films for Israel, and German comedies also sold well: Til Schweiger's Kokowaah 2 was picked up by Swallow Wings for Taiwan and Marc Rothemund's The Girl With Nine Wigs sold to D Productions for Turkey and First Run in South Korea.
Beta also continues to rack up presales for the ambitious period drama The Physician, starring Ben Kingsley, Stellan Skarsgard and Tom Payne, with Prorom taking Romania and Hungary, meaning the Philipp Stoelzl-directed title is now completely sold out in Eastern Europe.