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Dresen CANNES Q&A:



© DR What is your company and what
© DRdo you do?
BETA TEAMS Coherent Media Group a a newly
WITH CANNES launched holding company that invests
WINNER DRESEN in content IP, publishing and private
BETA Cinema will represent equity funds that invest in the media Thomas Kingston
From Hilde, With Love, the latest production design or costumes,” Dresen industry. I am the chief strategist.
film from director Andreas said. “Die Rote Kapelle was a loose connections internationally. I hope we
Dresen. network of several Berlin-based resistance What is your Cannes mission this don’t go back to in-person meetings and
movements, more than 150 opponents to year? lunches in LA as essential business
The Munich-based company the Nazi Regime, mainly women, all To take the pulse of the industry. Cannes requirements.
has acquired all sales rights outside coming from different social backgrounds is a unique diagnostic moment if one can
German-speaking territories to the film, and adherents of different ideologies. see past the glamour. The status of Where do you eat at Cannes?
produced by Claudia Steffen and One of them was Hilde Coppi. A prison Cannes’ Marché and the Festival brings My favourite restaurant is at the club-
Christoph Friedel of Pandora Film warder noted in her file: ‘Tender, fine, the right mix of senior industry execs, house of the Old Course in Mandelieu,
Produktion. brave. Completely selfless. No hate. A independent filmmakers and talent to a few minutes drive outside Cannes.
Dresen was awarded the Prix Un Certain touching personality. Never counted on observe where the industry’s collective
Regard in 2011 for his poignant drama human mercy. Never regretted.’” anxieties are focused. What is the state of the business
Stopped on Track. Thorsten Ritter, executive vice-president, from your perspective?
Written by Laila Stieler, From Hilde, With acquisitions, sales and marketing, said: What are your best and worst Content consumption now far outpaces
Love centres around a young woman, “This will be a historically well informed Cannes Memories? content production. At the same time,
Hilde Coppi, who joins Die Rote and powerful film, based on a true story My best memory of Cannes is some years the Streamers seem to have realised that
Kapelle, a name given by the Gestapo to that needs to be told today more than ago: Seeing an elderly local resident, their production spend trajectory is
an anti-Nazi resistance movement in ever, when so many mechanisms of those totally bewildered and a bit confused, unsustainable, yet have to compete with
Berlin. Played by Babylon Berlin lead dark times are put to use again.” being seated at a local café for lunch library size. Pressure will continue to
actress Liv Lisa Fries, Hilde falls in love From Hilde, With Love (WT) will be among the chaos; everyone’s delight as build on cost of production and speed to
with one of its Die Rote Kapelle’s produced by Steffen and Friedel of Leonardo DiCaprio stood up and market with technology and process
members, Hans. Living in constant Pandora Film Produktion Köln, in adjusted her chair for her as she sat down. being key. Convergence between box
danger, they spend an unforgettable co-production with rbb (Cooky Ziesche), She had no idea who he was. office and streaming will re-emerge as
summer until they get caught by the ARTE (Barbara Häbe), in association strategically important with marketing
Gestapo and Hilde is imprisoned, eight with Ziegler Film (Regina Ziegler), What is your worst Cannes now a more level playing field for indies.
months pregnant. It’s while behind the Iskremas (Andreas Dresen, Andreas memory? I expect distribution execs to focus on
bars that she develops unimagined Leusink), supported by DFFF, My worst memory is visiting a week after content-appeal across markets, cultures
powers. Medienboard, BKM, Film- und the Festival and seeing its effect on the and languages; the holy grail going
“From Hilde, With Love will be a modern Medienstiftung NRW, FFA. Pandora less privileged local community that calls forward. It’s a moment for independent
drama set in a difficult time, plain and Film Verleih will distribute in Germany, Cannes home. filmmakers to better organise and
straightforward, joyful and strong, Filmcoopi in Switzerland. ✦ compete with the majors (and a moment
renouncing to heavy music, opulent What are your best and worst for European productions). ✦ Liza Foreman
Julian Newby Cannes films?
The best was Inglourious Basterds in 2009
for so many reasons. Worst, I can’t say
(I wouldn’t).

How has the pandemic affected
your business?
The pandemic, for all of its true horror
and tragedy, has allowed an otherwise
closed, insiders’ industry to embrace
video-conferencing and expanded

TF1’s Newen takes on new Deneuve movie

NEWEN Studios’ film label TF1 Studio The drama follows the story of three intergenerational story of Funny and granddaughter’s lives, while
has added Funny Birds, directed by generations of women from the Birds,” executive vice-president, they’re opposed in so many ways.”
Hanna Ladoul and Marco La Via, to its same family who, after tragedy international distribution at Newen The movie is co-produced by TF1
Marché du Film line-up. Catherine strikes, find themselves living Connect, Sabine Chemaly said. Studio and distributed by Newen
Deneuve, Andrea Riseborough and together on a small rural chicken “Catherine Deneuve will shine as a Connect, the distribution subsidiary
Morgan Saylor will star; Martin farm in New-Jersey. free-spirited, independent woman of the Newen Studios group. ✦
Scorcese is executive producer. “We were all moved by the who comes back into her daughter
Julian Newby

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