Adopt Films Picks Up ‘Zurich’ For U.S.
New York-based Adopt Films has acquired all U.S. rights to Frederik Steiner’s Zurich. The drama had its world premiere at the HOF Film Festival in Munich last month and is scheduled for a wide theatrical release in Germany in the spring. Zurich is Adopt’s third German acquisition in two years following Christian Petzold’s Barbara and Caroline Link’s Exit Marrakech. The film is about a bright, independent-minded 20-year-old woman who’s had cystic fibrosis since birth. After watching her brother suffer through the same disease, she hatches a plan to travel to a private clinic in Zurich where she can end her life legally. Newcomer Liv Lisa Fries stars with Kerstin de Anna and Lena Stolze. The original screenplay is by Barbara te Kock. The movie will go out in the U.S. next summer.
Mongrel Media Bringing ‘Bethlehem’ To Canada
Mongrel Media has acquired all Canadian rights to Yuval Adler’s Bethlehem. Israel’s Oscar entry this year, the thriller takes place largely in Jerusalem and the West Bank and focuses on an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant, the younger brother of a sought-after militant. Adopt Films previously acquired Bethlehem for the U.S. Mongrel Media picked it up from WestEnd Films and will release theatrically in Canada in February.
Emma Thompson Set For BAFTA A Life In Pictures
Hot on the heels of a BAFTA Life In Pictures event that traced the career of Tom Hanks, his Saving Mr. Banks co-star Emma Thompson will be given her own evening to discuss her craft on November 24. BAFTA A Life In Pictures is a long-running series of onstage interviews in which some of the film world’s leading talent discuss their life and career and share insights into the experiences that helped them hone and develop their skills. The series has previously hosted Dustin Hoffman, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Kenneth Branagh and Helen Mirren. The chats take place at BAFTA’s London headquarters.
Arrow Media To Produce ‘JFK: The Lost Tapes’ For Discovery Channel
The UK’s Arrow Media has been commissioned by Discovery Channel to produce a one-off special, JFK: The Lost Tapes. Timed to the upcoming 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Discovery will air the documentary in 224 territories beginning with the UK on November 17. JFK: The Lost Tapes is made up of audio recordings from Air Force One following the events in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963, and combined with digitally remastered audio from the Dallas Police Department and the testimonies and radio recordings of on-site reporters.