(Screendaily) EFM 2020: the buzz titles from Germany
By Geoffrey Macnab
Picture Tree International (PTI) has picked up global sales rights to A Stasi Comedy (Stasikomödie), a comedy based around the infamous East German secret police. Written and directed by Leander Haussmann, it is the final film in the filmmaker’s GDR-themed feature trilogy after Sun Alley (1999) and NVA (2005). PTI will present a first promo during EFM. The company’s slate also includes comedy Nightlife by Simon Verhoeven, featuring Suck Me Shakespear star Elyas M’Barek as a bartender who meets the woman of his dreams (Palina Rojinski) on a night out in Berlin — which turns out to be a fateful encounter. The German release of the film in February is handled by Warner Bros Pictures Germany.