Picture Tree International Announces Strong 2014 Berlinale Line-Up

• PTI secures distribution rights to German blockbuster FACK JU GÖHTE

LOS ÁNGELES to enjoy its world premiere in the Berlinale "Forum" section

Also new to the PTI portfolio: WEST and  DREAMLAND

Berlin, 16 January2014 – The international sales and production outfit Picture Tree International (PTI) has secured the global distribution rights for the hit screwball romcom FACK JU GÖHTE / SUCK ME SHAKESPEER. With over six million tickets sold and a box office exceeding US$ 60 million, the film was Germany's most successful release in 2013. PTI will present this box-office blockbuster directed by Bora Dagtekin ("Turkish for Beginners") and staring Elyas M’Barek ("The Wave", "The Physician") and Karoline Herfurth ("The Reader“, "We are the Night") at the  2014 European Film Market (6-14 February) in Berlin. The fast-paced film tells the story of Zeki Müller (M'Barek), an ex-con and substitute teacher who uses unorthodox yet effective methods to bring an unruly class back on track. Zeki's highly entertaining encounters with his prim and proper fellow teacher Lisi Schnabelstedt (Herfurth) recently earned the film a spot on the pre-selection list for the 2014 GERMAN FILM AWARDS. Just after the film's release, the number of fans on M’Barek's Facebook page shot up to 1.5 million. PTI will also market the TV rights to FACK JU GÖHTE in cooperation with Red Arrow, the international sales arm of Pro7Sat.1. The rights to the film's "free-TV" premiere in Germany were secured by Pro7.

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