The Match Factory has acquired world sales rights to Berlinale Golden Bear contender Dying by German director Matthias Glasner.
It is one of 20 films set to play in the Berlinale’s main Competition which was announced on Monday alongside the festival’s Encounters sidebar.
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Glasner was previously in Competition at the Berlinale with Gnade and Der Freie Will in 2012 and 2006 respectively. More recent credits include directing episodes of Das Boot and TV movie Redemption Road.
German star Lars Eidinger (All The Light We Cannot See, Irma Vep, My Little Sister) co-leads the family drama following the very individual members of the dysfunctional Lunies family.
Corinna Harfouch co-stars at the mother who is quietly happy about her demented husband, played by Hans-Uwe Bauer, slowly wasting away in a home, until her new freedom looks set to be cut short by diabetes, cancer and kidney failure.
Eidinger plays a conductor in his early 40s who is working on a composition called ‘Dying’, while at the same time being made the surrogate father of his ex-girlfriend’s child.
Lilith Stangenberg plays the sister who starts an affair with a married man (Ronald Zehrfeld), with whom she shares a love of alcohol.
As death arrives on the doorstep, the estranged family members finally meet again.
Dying is produced by Port au Prince Film & Kultur Produktion, Schwarzweiss Filmproduktion and Senator Film Produktion, in association with ZDF and with support of ARTE, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Film- und Fernsehfonds Bayern, Nordmedia, BKM, FFA and DFFF.
The film will be distributed in Germany, Austria and German speaking Switzerland by Wild Bunch.
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