Star-Studded Romantic Drama BERLIN, I LOVE YOU Finds North American Home With Saban Films

Jesus Figueroa
Los Angeles-based film acquisition and distribution company Saban Films has acquired the North American rights to "Berlin, I Love You."  

Told as an anthology feature of ten stories of romance set in the German capital, directors Fernando Eimbcke, Dennis Gansel, Massy Tadjedin, Peter Chelsom, Til Schweiger, Justin Franklin, Dani Levy and Dianna Agron will each helm different segments with Josef Rusnak directing the transition sequence tying up all the episodes. 

Among others, the notable cast includes Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren (The Queen), Academy Award® nominee Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game, Pirates of the Caribbean) and Jim Sturgess (21, Across the Universe).

The film is produced by Claus Clausen and Edda Reiser (Walk on Water Films) alongside Alice De Sousa (Galleon Films) and Skady Lis (Getaway Pictures) as co-producers. 

Emmanuel Benbihy is executive producing, and the film was financed by VX119 Media Capital, whose managing partners are Jeff Geoffray and Jeff Konvitz. Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales together with Disrupting Influence's Glenn Kendrick Ackermann and Jason Piette, with CAA Media Finance co-repping the U.S. rights with Highland and Disrupting Influence. 

Bill Bromiley and Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films, who are planning a theatrical release.

"Berlin, I Love You" is a sequel in the Cities of Love franchise, founded by Emmanuel Benbihy, following "Paris Je T'aime" in 2006 and "New York, I Love You" in 2009. 

The film will continue to share stories of romance set in the German capital, where production wrapped in November 2017.

"Berlin, I Love You" marks Saban’s fourth acquisition out of the Cannes Film Festival also adding Matthew Ross’ "Siberia" starring Keanu Reeves, the Gerard Butler starrer Keepers and David L.G. Hughes’ "Viking Destiny" to their slate. 

Earlier this year, Saban Films bought Craig William Macneill’s racy drama "Lizzie," starring Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewartout of the Sundance Film Festival where it premiered in-competition.

Saban Films’ slate includes: Brad Silberling’s war thriller An Ordinary Man starring Academy Award® Winner Ben Kingsley; Alexandre Moors’ The Yellow Birds starring Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette, and Jason Patric, Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston; and Alexandros Avranas’ Dark Crimes starring Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Since the company’s launch in 2014, Saban Films has released 40 films and continues to be active in the acquisition and distribution space, with successes that have run the gamut from critically acclaimed theatrical films such as "The Homesman," to one of the biggest Fathom events in 2016 with Rob Zombie’s horror thriller "31." 

Recent titles include: Roland Joffe’s "The Forgiven" starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana; Taran Killam’s Killing Gunther starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; Ric Roman Waugh’s "Shot Caller" starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lake Bell; War on Everyonestarring Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña, and Theo James; "The Girl with All the Gifts" starring Gemma Arterton and Glenn Close; and Ethan Hawke action thriller "24 Hours to Live."

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