EXCLUSIVE: UTA has signed German writer-director Katrin Gebbe. Her directorial debut Nothing Bad Can Happen (Tore Tanzt) made its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes and the film was a runner-up for the Un Certain Regard Award and Camera d’Or. Gebbe wrote the script, about a young Christian punk who moves in with a family and becomes the target of a cruel game designed to test his faith. It was acquired by Drafthouse Films for a multiplatform release. Hengahmeh Panahi at Celluloid Dreams handled worldwide sales on the film. Gebbe attended the Academy of Visual Arts and Design in the Netherlands and got her master’s degree in directing at the Hamburg Media School. Her short Sores & Sirin won the European Union’s Young CIVIS Media Prize and qualified for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
EXCLUSIVE: As this year’s sales market came to a close at Cannes, Drafthouse Films acquired North American rights to German drama Nothing Bad Can Happen ahead of its premiere today in the Un Certain Regard section. Pic marks the directorial debut of filmmaker Katrin Gebbe, who also scripted, and follows a young Christian punk who moves in with the family of a man he meets by chance and becomes the target of a cruel game designed to test his faith. Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm that Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse launched in 2010, has sprung repeatedly for edgy international fare. I hear Gebbe’s film had Drafthouse buyers reminiscing on Bullhead, the Belgian pick-up that was nominated for Best Foreign Oscar in 2012 taking Drafthouse to the Academy Awards in its second year of operation. Drafthouse is plotting a theatrical and multiplatform release for 2014. In March they picked up Cheap Thrills out of SXSW and will next release the award-winning docu The Act Of Killing in July. James Shapiro negotiated the deal on behalf of Drafthouse Films with Hengameh Panahi of Celluloid Dreams.