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Strand Finds "Woman In Berlin"

A scene from Max Faerberboeck's "A Woman In Berlin." Image courtesy of Strand Releasing.

Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Max Faerberboeck's "A Woman In Berlin" from Beta Cinema, it was announced at the start of this year's Berlin Film Festival. The deal was negotiated by Jon Gerrans of Strand Releasing and Dirk Schuerhoff of Beta Cinema.

Set in 1945 during the Red Army invasion of Berlin, "Woman" follows Anonyma (Nina Hoss), a victim of rape and abuse who had been a journalist and photographer. In her desperation, she tries to get Russian officer Andrej (Evgeny Sidikhin) to protect her, an encounter that develops into a complex relationship that forces them to remain enemies.

"This is a bold, thought provoking film that we are proud to introduce to the American marketplace," said Jon Gerrans in a statement.

Beta Cinema sold "Woman" so far in more than 20 countries including Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, former Yugoslavia, Israel, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Colombia.

"We are genuinely very honoured that Strand picked "A Woman In Berlin." We feel in very good hands and it is great to see Jon and Marcus are believing so strongly in this film," Managing Director Dirk Schuerhoff of Beta Cinema said in a statement.

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and had its U.S. Premiere as part of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where it won the award for Best International Film.

Strand plans a summer release for the film.

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