New Europe Film Sales has acquired international sales for Tobias Nölle's "Aloys" ahead of its world premiere in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival next month. The movie is the debut feature of writer-director-editor Nölle, who gained recognition in the past for the 2008 short film "Rene," which won the Golden Leopard for Best Swiss short in Locarno.
Spinning a noir-like tale of mystery and private eyes, "Aloys" centers on a lonely private investigator after he is contacted by a mysterious woman who pulls him into a mind game known as "telephone walking." Fascinated by her voice, Aloys discovers an imaginary universe that allows him to break out of his isolation.
The movie stars the well-known Austrian actor Georg Friedrich in the eponymous role and introduces newcomer Tilde von Overbeck as the mysterious woman. The acquisition is the latest from New Europe Film Sales after last year's breakout deal for "Rams," the Icelandic dark comedy that won the Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes and was Iceland’s official Oscar submission.
"New Europe is extremely proud to introduce 'Aloys' to audiences and distributors in Berlin," said New Europe Film Sales founder and CEO Jan Naszewski. "It’s truly an original vision dreamed up by a director as exciting as Michel Gondry or Peter Strickland – Tobias Nölle is a skilled and imaginative auteur and we can’t wait for people to discover his work."
Seeing as how New Europe sold "Rams" to over 40 countries around the world, the prospects of "Aloys" receiving American distribution seems likely. "Rams" opens in the U.S. via Cohen Media Group on February 3. The Berlin Film Festival takes place February 11-21.