Berlin, May 14, 2013 – Berlinale/EFM 2013 launched Sales & Production outfit Picture Tree
International GmbH (PTI), is kicking off with a strong international line-up at the Cannes Film
Market (May 15-26, 2013). PTI will act as the German co-production partner and international
distributor for the project HUMAN from IRON SKY producer Tero Kaukomaa and Canadian
producers Dean English and Karen Powell. Also included in the PTI Cannes portfolio are the
South African comedy BLITZ PATROLLIE starring comedian David Kau, YOUNG PEREZ,
the true story of the Jewish-Tunisian boxer Victor Perez during the Second World War, and
UNTITLED PUNK MOVIE, an English-Swedish co-production starring British singer Paloma
Faith and set during the Sex Pistols' legendary "Anarchy in the UK" tour in 1976.
HUMAN is the first project to implement PTI's integrated sales & production business model
with its strategic partners Blind Spot Pictures (Finland) and Perfect Circle Productions (Canada).
The thriller HUMAN directed by Antti-Jussi Annila (JADE WARRIOR, SAUNA) is a Finnish-
Canadian-German co-production from IRON SKY producer Tero Kaukomaa (Blind Spot
Pictures, FI) together with THE TIMEKEEPER producers Dean English and Karen Powell
(Perfect Circle Productions, CAN). Picture Tree International boards as German co-producer as
well as international distribution partner. HUMAN revolves around three scientists researching a
pack of wolves in northern Canada. When one of the wolves attacks a female scientist, she bites
the wolf back in horror-filled vengeance. That same night, a naked, disoriented and blood-soaked
man appears in the camp followed by an aggressive pack of wolves. Filming is scheduled to
begin in 2014.
South Africa's most acclaimed and internationally celebrated comedian David Kau joins with Joe
Rasdien, yet another South African comedian, author and actor, to play the leads in Andrew
Wessels' wacky, fast-paced comedy BLITZ PATROLLIE, which premiered in South Africa on
May 10, 2013. The two men play Johannesburg policemen Ace Diklobe (Kau) and Rummy
Augustine (Rasdien), who accidentally get involved in a major drug deal. What follows is an
ostensibly unavoidable series of failed attempts by the two cops to outsmart the savviest
gangsters in the city. BLITZ PATROLLIE is being released in South Africa by the National Film
and Video Foundation South Africa (NFVF) in cooperation with Nu Metro Film (NMF).
Screenings in Cannes: May 17, 2013 at 4pm (ARCADE 2), May 19, 2013 at 1:30pm (STAR 4)
Jacques Ouaniche's historical drama YOUNG PEREZ is based on the true and heartbreaking
story of two-time boxing World Champion Victor Perez, who was born and raised in Tunis'
Jewish quarter. Perez's older brother, Benjamin "Kid" Perez, was also a boxer and first
introduced him to the sport. At the 1931 and 1932 World Championships, Victor became the
youngest champion in the history of boxing. In 1943, he was deported to Auschwitz, where he
was forced to take part in brutal boxing matches for the entertainment of the guards. He was shot
in 1945 during the death march that followed the dissolution of the camp. In the film, the lead
role of Victor Perez is played by French-Algerian actor Brahim Asloum, himself a former
professional boxer and 2007 World Champion. The ensemble also includes Bruce Payne
(PASSENGER 57) and Isabella Orsini (REMEMBER ME, MY LOVE). YOUNG PEREZ is currently in post-production and aiming for a fall festival premiere 2013. In France, VICTOR YOUNG PEREZ will launch towards the end of 2013 in wide release via Océan Films. The film is a French-Israeli-Bulgarian co-production from Noé Productions and Mazel Productions in coproduction with Transfax Films (Israel) and Pierantoni and Partners (Bulgaria).
Wayne Holloway's (SNAKE AND MONGOOSE) UNTITLED PUNK MOVIE tells the story of four young Brits who – after the Sex Pistols' legendary TV appearance in 1976 – take off from four different corners of the country on a quest to reach the band's "Anarchy in the UK" concert in Norwich and then follow their legendary UK tour across England. British platinum-selling recording artist Paloma Faith plays one of the four main roles in this road movie. Filming will
get underway in fall 2013 on this independent film produced by Wellington Films and Zentropa Sweden. The UK distribution is currently in final negotiations and will be announced during the Cannes Film Market.
Picture Tree International in Cannes:
Grand Hotel Residences
45 la Croisette, Cormoran I, 3rd floor
Office Phone: +33 (0) 4 93 68 59 45
About Picture Tree International:
Picture Tree International GmbH is an internationally aligned and integrated world sales and
production company with headquarters in Berlin. The core business of Picture Tree International
is worldwide licensing of film rights and co-production of international feature films in an
integrated business model. Andreas Rothbauer and Alec Schulmann have jointly founded the
company. Their first collaboration goes back to 2005, when they worked on the Oscarnominated
film “Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan” (2007).
Dr. Kathrin Steinbrenner, stoneburner. Medienberatung & PR
email@example.com, Phone: +49 (0)30 4737 2191