Cannes Film Festival 2024: Beta Cinema to launch international sales for "Amrum"

This is the latest work from the multi-award-winning director Fatih Akin, starring Jasper Billerbeck, Laura Tonke, and Diane Kruger. The shooting started this week.

23 APR 2024

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The German company Beta Cinema has teamed up with multi-award-winning director Fatih Akin and is launching international sales in Cannes for his upcoming film "Amrum". The film started shooting this week in Hamburg, on the island of Amrum, and in Denmark. The title is produced by Bombero International and Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany, in co-production with Rialto Film. Beta Cinema holds all international rights.

The production is funded by the German Federal Film Board (FFA), the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MFG Baden-Württemberg and supported by the Bavarian Film Prize. "Amrum" will be released in German cinemas in September 2025, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

The main roles in "Amrum" are played by 12-year-old Jasper Billerbeck as Nanning and 11-year-old Kian Köppke as his friend Hermann. Nanning's mother, Hille Hagener, is played by Laura Tonke ("When Will It Be Again Like It Never Was Before", "AEIOU"), her sister, Aunt Ena, by Lisa Hagmeister ("System Crasher"). The role of the farmer's wife Tessa Bendixen is played by Diane Kruger ("Inglourious Basterds", "In The Fade"), Detlev Buck ("Same Same But Different") plays the fisherman Sam Gangsters, Matthias Schweighöfer ("Oppenheimer", "Army Of The Dead", "Hinterland") is Uncle Theo, Lars Jessen is Grandpa Arjan and Hark Bohm ("The Golden Glove", "If Not Us, Who?") is the old man by the sea.

The story is based on the childhood memories of renowned German director and screenwriter Hark Bohm. Long-standing friends, Fatih Akin and Hark Bohm had written the screenplay for the award-winning Akin film In The Fade together a few years ago. The decision to direct this very personal and poetic story of his friend, is very special to Fatih Akin: "What began as a Hark Bohm film now becomes my twelfth feature film and an extraordinary mission: AMRUM is the journey of young Nanning, who in the last week of WWII every day uncovers a little more of the dark secret of his family, until he is driven out of paradise at the end," said the director.

Internationally successful filmmaker Fatih Akin, born in Hamburg in 1973, won the Golden Bear at the 2004 Berlinale with "Head-On". After completing his film studies, he made two short films, a documentary about his parents' migration from Turkey to Hamburg and three feature films. His next major international success came with the drama "The Edge of Heaven" (2007), which won the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival, followed by the European Film Award and the German Film Award. Audience-darling "Soul Kitchen" (2009) won the Special Jury Prize in competition at the Venice Film Festival. In 2003, Fatih Akin founded the film production company corazón international.