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The 71st  Berlinale International Film Festival will be held March 1–5 (market) & June 9–20, 2021.
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DECOMPRESSION - A psychological thriller based on the best-selling novel by Juli Zeh.

MARTIN WALKER´S BRUNO, CHEF DE POLICE - We are very happy to report that the production of the first two movies of Martin Walker´s world wide bestselling crime books series BRUNO will start in summer 2016 in France. The first two titles will be DARK VINEYARD and BLACK DIAMOND.

PHENOMENA - Fantasy Series - already eight books of this fantasy series, best described as Hobbit meets The Hunger Games, are sold at a level of Harry Potter in Scandinavia.

THE LAST SUPPER - The story of one of the most important events of civilization. But above all a modern adaption of the Bible with a strong focus in universal themes. 

INCARANATE 12 x 1h - From one of the biggest names in the supernatural-thriller genre, comes CLIVE BARKER´S INCARNATE, a new series that pushes limits in all directions. 

DARKNET 6 x 30' - A Netflix (US, UK) series by Vincenzo Natali (SPLICE, CUBE).


Please also check our new international catalogue at the below link.

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DECOMPRESSION  is a psychological thriller in the tradition of Patricia Highsmith about two couples caught in a web of conflicting passions while diving off the beautiful Canarian Islands.

Synopsis: Sven Fiedler and his girlfriend, Antje, left Germany for the island of Lanzarote, reflecting what Sven considered a vulgar culture of materialism and judgement. The young couple set up a diving service catering. Life on the Island goes smoothly until two tourists, Jola von der Pahlen, a daytime soap opera star on the verge of cinematic success, and Theo Hast, a stalled novelist, engage Sven for an expensive two-week intensive diving experience. Staying in a guest house on Sven and Antje´s property, the two visitors quickly become entangled with their hosts in a mess of jealousies and suspicious.

The novel was published in UK, US, Germany, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Croatia, Czech Republic, Korea, audio book, etc.

"Decompression climaxes with a scene of splendid drama" - THE GUARDIAN

"Juli Zeh, qui capte tout de suite la sympathie par sa franchise, son sourire en coin, son ton enjouè, est devenue une romancière reconnue et couronnée de nombreux prix." - LE MONDE 






BRUNO, CHEF DE POLICE is a new series of TV movies based on the hit series of crime novels by the Scottish author MARTIN WALKER

Synopsis: Perigord is home to black truffels - which, at a price of € 5,000 a kilo makes them the most important natural resourcein the region. When it becomes known that the black diamonds are being cut with cheap imports from Asia, Bruno as Chef de Police has to investigate. 
The case takes a dramatic turn when a horrific murder is committed. The victim is an old hunting friend of Bruno named Hercule - the greatest truffels expert in the region. Bruno is now facing the challenge of finding a link between this and several crimes that occured far back in the past, crimes which are closely connected with France´s inglorious colonial past in Indochina. 
A plot with a domino effect that begins as an amiable story about a culinary speciality accelerates into a high-speed thriller spanning several continents and half a century. 





Synopsis: Perigord is not only a gourmet paradise, but also has highly fertile soil for premiume wines. This is something Californian wine producer Bondino realises, and he has major plans for the area: He intends to buy up the whole valley and promises - under certain conditions - to give back the Perigord the position it once had as the home of Grand Cru. St. Denis is facing the ultimate decision: Should it remain a tranquil idyll or become the centre of a modern wine industry holding the promise of lots of new jobs.
The fight soon becomes increasingly bitter, and it even looks as if it could destroy the old friendship between Bruno, Chef de Police, and the mayor.

But when a dead body is found in a wine barrel, the situation begins to change fast, very fast...

Cast: Mehdi Nebbou
Director: Züli Aladag
Writer: Fred Breinersdorfer (Sophie Scholl, Elser)
Original language: English
Status: Production starting in July, 2016







PHENOMENA - Based on the bestselling novels by Ruben Eliassen

Synopsis: Aldra, once a prosperous land, where many nations and creatures lived in peace, has been conquered by the Prince of Darkness, who together with the Mortokks, a warrior tribe, have enslaved all nations. The once proud and generous elves are kept in chains and due to the merciless Mortokk´s dominance everyone has accepted to live in fear.

Secluded from this hopeless world young elf twins live in an isolated castle raised by their mentors, the great wizard Sha-Ra and the protective shape shifter Arol while they do not yet know that they are the Chosen Ones to challenge the Mortokk empire.

The prophecy of the magical book Phenomena comes to life as the elf twins discover an ancient secret, their own origin and destiny. Although they seemed to be the unlikeliest of heroes, the young siblings must stand up against dark forces, which are determined to destroy them. 

PHENOMENA initiates an adventurous journey in which the young elves have to overcome many obstacles on a fantastical ride as they fight to survive and ultimately cast a ray of light into a desperate darkness. 

Producer: Gudrun Giddings, Christian Limmer, Marius Haugan, Daniel Dreifuss, Christian Arnold-Beutel, Bernd Schlötterer
Original language: English
Status: Pre Production






THE LAST SUPPER - 1x90' feature film - Based on the novel The Last Supper According to Martha and Mary by TINA BEATTIE

The story of one of the most important events - a night that changed the course of human history. 
A date with destiny that would forever mark mankind.

Synopsis: The story of one of the most important events of civilization.... But above all a modern adaption of the Bible, which allows the emergence of an intimate drama and a contemporary story telling with a strong focus on universal themes.
THE LAST SUPPER deals with the last night of Jesus of Nazareth in company of his diciples. While tensions and critics against Jesus become predominant among the Jerusalem people, Jesus and his diciples decide to hide up their fears and to organize a supper to celebrate passover. 

It is an original film, which will provide an unique experience to the spectator. This drama will indeed invite him to think about burning and contemporary subjects such as power, leadership and religion... It´s not a historic drama. It´s contemporary and universal. 

Director: Tony Mitchell
Status: Pre Production






INCARNATE - 12 x 1 hour series - "This is the next evolution in genetics. It is mutation of the spirit" X-Men meets the Exorcist" Clive Barker

Synopsis: A series of mysterious and unexplained phenomena are starting to take place... On this day, science journalist Susan Foster decides to end her life rather than face the reality of the news she has just received, that she has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But before she can take action, she ist asked by Francis Panati, a Jesuit scholar, to investigate a shocking claim: Eighteen years ago an unknown number of embryos were genetically manipulated using different sources of DNA - including some taken from a priest possessed by a demonic entity.

Joined by Jim Hyams, a disgraced rookie cop betrayed by his fellow officers, their search for the truth draws them into an ongoing police investigation of the rise of a charismatic teenage gang leader and a sociopathic teenage killer, both with seemingly supernatural powers. Facing unknown enemies within religious organizations, the military, and the highest reaches of government, Susan, Panati, and Hyams discover that dark secrets from their own unexpectedly linked pasts are inextricably bound with a staggering conspiracy that could redefine the age-old war between science and faith, and change the world forever... 

INCARNATE was developed with HBO Canada.

Executive Producers: Clive Barker (HELLRAISER, THE BOOKS OF BLOOD), Steve Hoban (Oscar-winning RYAN) and Clark Peterson (Oscar-winning MONSTER) 
Writers: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens (STAR TREK, LOST WORLD)
Status: Pre Production







DARKNET - 6 x 30' series

From the Director and Producer of SPLICE, CUBE, GINGER SNAPS and BLACK CHRISTMAS comes a half hour series of horror that could happen to you in the internet age. DARKNET is based on the Japanese cult television hit Toni Hada.

Synopsis: A macabre website called Darknet links the tales in this chilling anthology series whose protagonists face a range of unnamable horrors. 
Each of the first season´s six episodes tells different expertly interwoven tales of murder and mayhem, and there is not a stale short in the bunch. In Darknet you can find the worst videos on the Internet, including ones about a psycho phone installer, a twisted Peeping Tom victim, cyberpranking teens and a suicide hotline.

Darknet is like a condensed version of every film and TV horror anthology that´s come before it, stripped of excess and delivering only the most frightening of situations. 

Cast: Michelle Alexander (Played, Beauty and Beast), Carlyn Burchell (Saving Hope, Bomb Girl), Miles Carney (My Daughter must live) 
Director: Vincenzo Natali (Splice, Cube)
Executive Producer: Steve Hoban
Status: Completed







You long for silence, peace and to just switch off for once? Lean back and let your soul rest. Accompanied by dreamlike music and a gentle roar of the surf you can enjoy this beautiful pictures and atmosphere while meditating or relaxing.

Status: Completed

























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