North American rights to Robert Young’s docudrama “Eichmann” have been picked up by Regent Releasing and Here Media from U.K. based production company, Entertainment Motion Pictures (E-Motion). The film, based on the interrogation of Adolf Eichmann, will open in select cities beginning in October, 2009. Regent’s Mark Reinhart negotiated the deal with James Shavick, Kent Walwin and Karl Richards on behalf of E-Motion.
The story is based on the final confession of Adolf Eichmann, who was known as an architect of Hitler’s “final solution” during World War II. Captured by intelligence operatives in Argentina 15 years later, “Eichmann” recounts events from his past to a young Israeli police officer, Captain Avner Less, who is faced with the monumental task of tricking the consummate manipulator into self-incrimination. As the world waits and Avner’s fellow countrymen call for immediate execution, the two men must confront each other in a battle of wills – the result of which will change a nation forever.
The film stars Thomas Kretschmann (“Valkyrie”) as Adolf Eichmann, Troy Garity (“After the Sunset”) as Avner Less, the Jewish officer who interrogates Eichmann and Franka Potente (“Che”) as Avner’s wife. Eichmann was produced by E-Motion’s Peter Bevan and Karl Richards.
“We are thrilled to bring ‘Eichmann’ to U.S. audiences this Fall,” said Mark Reinhart, General Manager and EVP, Distribution and Acquisitions for Regent/Here Media in a statement. “Eichmann represents the kind of powerful and thought-provoking English language world cinema that Regent/Here will be focused on distributing alongside our award-winning foreign language titles.”
Current and upcoming releases include the Academy Award-winner for Best Foreign Language Film, “Departures,” the Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury prize winner “Tokyo Sonata,” Iran’s Official entry for the 81st Academy Awards, “The Song of Sparrows,” the 2008 Cannes Official Competition entry “Serbis,” two-time Annie Award nominee, “$9.99” and “Little Ashes,” which focuses on the romance between Salvador Dali and Federico Lorca starring Robert Pattinson and Javier Beltran.