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BATHORY GERMAN RELEASESource - openPR.de 26 October 2009
Most Expensive East European Film Ever Produced Begins Its International Rollout
Berlin, Germany - MIG Film has acquired the rights from Jakubisko Film to release Bathory in the German speaking markets. This Czech/Slovak/UK/Hungary/UK production costing 10.5 million euros, is the most expensive Eastern European film ever produced. Thus far, it has had over 1.5 million visitors in both the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The film will be released January 2010.
Directed by the Slovak fantasy film director, Juraj Jakubisko, nicknamed the Fellini of Eastern Europe, the film tells the story of the the aristocrat Erzsebet Bathory, who the Guiness Book of Records lists as the woman who murdered the most people in history. The UK newspaper The Guardian notes that in the film "scenes are bathed in a gothic atmosphere beyond any Dracula movie ever seen."
British actress Anna Friel (Land of the Lost, Goal II), will be in "London Boulevard" with Keira Knightly and Jamie Campbell Bower (Twilight: New Moon, Harry Potter), plays the lead role. In 2010 Friel will act alongside German actors Daniel Bruehl (Goodbye Lenin) and Moritz Bleibtreu (Baader Meinhof Komplex, Run Lola Run) in Angel Makers, directed by Jon Amiel. The actress has receive accolades for her skills in film and theatre. Last year, she received an emmy nomination for her work in the television series Pushing Daisies. The film also features Hans Matheson (Sherlock Holmes, Clash of the Titans, The Tudors) and Vincent Regan (Clash of the Titans)
Bathory was accused of slaughtering up to 2,000 people. Although she, herself was never officially brought to trial, two of her servants were tortured, sentenced as witches, had their fingers torn out and then burned alive.
The cultural influence of Erzsebet Bathory ranges from Bram Stoker's Dracula to metal and black metal bands such as Iron Maiden and Bathory to films such as the recently produced The Countess, directed by Julie Delpy and starring Delpy and Daniel Bruehl. The new film, while based on the same historical event as The Countess, is a graphic fantasy thriller with a higher production value, greater detail and more extreme. It presents an alternate vision of Erzsebet (Elizabeth) Bathory from both the Delpy directed feature and the History channel produced documentary on the life of the countess. Anna Friel is seen as a strong warrior fighting with swords not obsessing over lost youth. The film is a bloodbath as opposed to a film about a woman bathing in blood.
Fantasy Filmfest, Germany - 2009
The MIG FILM GmbH is an internationally operating film distribution company, which was founded by film producer Ingo Trendelbernd and film distributor Michael Nezik in 2005. MIG acquires the licenses for international film productions and releases these movies globally.