U.S. distributor Film Movement is growing its TV footprint with the acquisitions of four TV movies from Beta Film and documentary series Hidden History (which will be renamed Nazi Junkies) from Paris-based outfit #Edith Paris.
“Although we’ve long built our catalog with award-winning feature films from around the world, we’re excited to be turning our attentions to acquisitions of broadcast content,” explained Film Movement President Michael Rosenberg. “Now more than ever, there are countless hours of intriguing programming perfect for North American audiences, and we’re looking forward to expanding Film Movement’s library with compelling television-based content.”
The four Sara Stein TV movies (4×90), which Film Movement will distribute across North America, follow the cases of Berlin criminal investigator Sara Stein (Katharina Lorenz), who cultivates a low-key style, abhors violence and spends much of her work between Tel Aviv and the German capital. The four movies comprise Sara Stein: Shalom Berlin, Shalom Tel Aviv; Sara Stein: Jewels In The Grave; Sara Stein: Masada; and Sara Stein: Old Friends. They will initially be released to the home entertainment marketplace digitally and as a DVD box set in June 2019 on the Omnibus Entertainment label.
Meanwhile, two-part documentary mini-series Hidden History (2×52), which will be distributed across North, South and Central America under the title Nazi Junkies, was inspired by the book Blitzed: Drugs In The Third Reich, by Norman Ohler. The series follows how the drug speed was disseminated to soldiers to keep them awake and increase their fighting capacity. The series will be released digitally and on DVD this April. The Sara Stein movies and Nazi Junkies will also be available on Film Movement’s fledgling streaming service Film Movement Plus.
Arthouse champion Film Movement has previously picked up movies from directors including Hirokazu Kore-eda, Maren Ade, Jessica Hausner, Andrei Konchalovsky, Andrzej Wajda, Diane Kurys, Ciro Guerra and Melanie Laurent. Recent movie releases include Cannes 2018 title Rafiki and Sundance 2018 pic Un Traductor.