‘The Conference’ Sold to North America, Japan, Australia, Italy

Global screen closed massive sales for “The Conference,” a historically accurate drama about the Wannsee Conference in Berlin, a meeting with only one item on the agenda: organizing a potentially deadly serial killer system of 11 million European Jews.

The film has been approved by Menemsha Films (North America), Pivot Pictures (Australia), The Klockworx (Japan), Swallow Wings (Taiwan), RAI (Italy), Flins & Piniculas (Spain), Films 4 You (Portugal), ), repurchase. Arti Film (Benelux), Edge Entertainment (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the Baltics), ITI Neovision (Poland), RTV (Slovenia), Italian-speaking Switzerland (RSI) and Red Cape ( Israel).

At the invitation of Reinhard Heydrich, head of the Empire’s Main Security Office, which included SiPo, Gestapo and the Department of Security, a meeting was held at noon on January 20, 1942 at the mansion at zero. . 58 Grosen Wannsee. It lasted about 90 minutes and was attended by representatives of the SS, the Nazi party and several government ministries. There is an item on the agenda: “Final Solution to the Jewish Question.” Heydrich’s aim was for his leading role in deportation to be recognized and to include key ministries and party officials in preparing for the Holocaust in Europe.

In a style reminiscent of a business meeting, the men discuss controversial issues of authority and jurisdiction over the operation, they make suggestions and raise objections because interests of their unit, but generally declared their willingness to cooperate, to the dismay of the instigators and accomplices of the German state apparatus.

Heydrich informed the participants that with Adolf Hitler’s “prior approval”, all European Jews would be deported to Eastern Europe.

Adolf Eichmann, the head of Judenreferat at the Reich’s Main Security Office, recorded the outcome of the meeting in a set of minutes. This date was the start of the program to deport Jews from all occupied and allied countries of Germany to extermination camps in Eastern Europe. Five days after the conference, Heydrich announced that “preparatory measures have begun.”

Neil Friedman, president of Menemsha Films commented: “The filmmakers’ candid approach to recreating the event only underscores how easily this can be replayed. This concise approach calls for all of us to be constantly on ‘high alert’. ”

Julia Weber, head of acquisitions and sales at Global Screen, added: “This is a dramatic, limited re-enactment of one of the Third Reich’s most horrifying events – the meeting is technically staged to organize murder on an industrial scale. Widely praised by the press, ‘The Conference’ is a drama that global audiences should know about and will watch with skepticism. Making sure nothing like this happens again is our first obligation as global citizens.”

Written by Magnus Vattrodt (“The Witness House”), the film is directed by Matti Geschonneck (“In Times of Fading Light”), and produced by Reinhold Elschot and Friederich Oetker. Shot on location at Lake Wannsee and at Berlin’s Unionfilm Studios, “The Conference” is executive produced by Oliver Berben at Constantin Film.

“We wanted to demonstrate human capabilities,” says Geschonneck. To show how the total extermination of the Jews in Europe was discussed and organized in a sober, factual dialogue. ”

Elschot added: “The Wannsee Conference was another step towards the Holocaust in Europe: the film-based minutes show the Nazi regime completely dehumanizing the Jews.”

“Our aim is to remind today’s audience of the persecution and killing of European Jews and the role of the Conference in the darkest chapter in German history,” said Oetker.

Global Screen will host two market screenings at the upcoming EFM (February 13 at 4:10 p.m. 03 and Feb 14 at 11:10 a.m. virtual cinema 10) and also offer a 45-minute documentary accompanying minutes, “The Wannsee Conference – a documentary,” directed by Jörg Müllner.

https://variety.com/2022/film/global/global-screen-the-conference-1235173624/ ‘The Conference’ Sold to North America, Japan, Australia, Italy

Olly Dawes

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