Sony Pictures Classics Acquires North and Latin American Rights to ’13 Minutes’

Beta Cinema film is currently playing out of competition at the Berlin Film Festival

Last Updated: February 7, 2015 @ 10:40 AM

Sony Pictures Classics acquired the North American and Latin American rights to “13 MINUTES” from Beta Cinema, the company announced Saturday.

The film, starring Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler, Burghart Klaußner, and Johann von Bülow, depicts a German carpenter who could’ve saved millions of lives if only he had 13 more minutes—to blow up Adolf Hitler and his henchmen.

It’s produced by Lucky Bird Pictures in coproduction with SWR, ARD Degeto, BR, WDR, ARTE, Delphi Medien and Philipp film production. Producers are Boris Ausserer, Oliver Schündler (Lucky Bird) and Fred Breinersdorfer (Delphi).

“I am overjoyed and very, very proud that Sony Pictures Classics, for me the crown jewel of foreign language and indie film distributors, will bring 13 MINUTES to the American audiences who I am sure will come to love this exceptionally free spirited and brave man Georg Elser,” stated Director Oliver Hirschbiegel.

“60 years after the end of WWII there continues to be extraordinary stories from that period and 13 MINUTES is one of those stories. Oliver Hirschbiegel is a gifted storyteller, whose film we are proud to bring to the public, alongside Dirk, Thorsten and our friends at Beta, with whom we’ve shared so many wonderful films over the years,” added Sony Pictures Classics.

“I’m so am thrilled that SPC have chosen to distribute 13 MINUTES. We could not be in better hands,” said Beta Cinema’s Managing Director Dirk Schuerhoff, who negotiated the deal for the film.