Film Movement has acquired the North American rights to Hans-Christian Schmid’s Berlin Film Festival entry “Storm” (Sturm). The film – which won three prizes in Berlin (Amnesty International Film Prize, Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas, and Reader Jury of the “Berliner Morgenpost”) – will open in theaters in late fall 2009 and will available nation-wide via Cable Video on Demand.
“Storm,” a German, Danish and Dutch co-production filmed primarily in English, explores the story of a headstrong prosecutor (Kerry Fox) at the International Criminal Tribunal (ICTY) in The Hague. indieWIRE‘s Eugene Hernandez reported from the film’s Berlin premiere, noting ” a very warm, lengthy round of applause greeted Kerry Fox and the cast/crew of Hans Christian Schmid’s Berlinale competition entry.” Hernandez numerous folks were buzzing about Fox’s turn in the film, in which she shares the screen with “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” actress Anamaria Marinca (who plays a young Bosnian woman convinced to testify against an alleged war criminal).
“We’re proud to be distributing this incredibly powerful film, which deals with one of the greatest political injustices of our generation in an intelligent and nuanced way. Kerry Fox and Anamaria Marinca both give complex, pitch-perfect strong lead performances that will stay with audiences for a very long time,” said Adley Gartenstein of Film Movement, in a statement.
The acquisition of “Storm” was negotiated by Film Movement’s President Adley Gartenstein and Susan Wendt of TrustNordisk.