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Berlinale: ‘When Will It Be Like Never Before’ by ‘Toni Erdmann,’ ‘Spencer’ Producer, Picked Up by Beta Cinema

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The latest production from German powerhouse Complizen Films will sell international rights to “When It Wasn’t the Same Again” to Beta Cinema, best known for Oscar nominees “Toni Erdmann” and “Spencer,” and starring Sonja Hayes (“Heidi Schneider is stuck,”). The hotel is very welcoming”). As announced today, the ongoing dramedy will celebrate its world premiere at the Berlinale, opening the Generation 14 Plus section. Warner Bros. The film will release in Germany on February 23

The film is based on Joachim Meyerhoff’s bestselling autobiographical novel, which sold more than two million copies in Germany alone and was released in more than 10 other territories, including France, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Finland and the Netherlands. It tells a story of tender romance and longing for departure and arrival.

Courtesy of Compligen Films/Warner Bros. Entertainment/Frederick Battier

Growing up on the grounds of Germany’s largest psychiatric hospital was kind of … different. Patients are like family to Joachim, the youngest son of the hospital director. They are much nicer to him than his two older brothers, who drive him into rages. His mother, a watercolorist, longs for Italian summer nights instead of the incessant German rain, while his father secretly, but not discreetly enough, goes his own way. But as Joachim slowly grows up, his world, not only through the loss of his first love, cracks even more…

Hayes has been invited to the Berlinale twice before: his first feature film, “Hotel Very Welcome”, premiered in the Perspective German Cinema section in 2007, and “Heidi Schneider is Stack” in the Forum section in 2015. Both films took numerous international spots. Awards including the Dialogue en Perspective Award, the First Step Award, a German Film Award and a German Film Critics Award at the Berlinale. Hayes also writes short stories and in 2017 published a critically acclaimed novel titled “Rimini”.

“When It Will Be Like It Wasn’t Again” is produced by Janine Jakowski, Jonas Dornbach and Compligen Films’ Maren Ade in co-production with Jean-Yves Robin and Cassandre Warnots of Frakas Productions. Ben von Dobeneck is executive producer and supports DFFF, Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, FFA, MBB, Moin Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Tax Shelter du Gaud Film and Belveral Film Productions.

“When will it be like never before”
Courtesy of Compligen Films/Warner Bros. Entertainment/Frederick Battier

The main character Joachim is played by three different actors, Camille Loup Moltzen (“Spencer”), Arseny Bultmann (“Robbie and Toby’s Fantastic Voyager”) and Merlin Rose (“Frantz,” “Wetlands,” “Dark,” “Does Boot ” ) David Striso (“All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Yella,” “The Counterfighters,” “Downfall”) stars as her psychiatrist father, while Laura Tonke (“The Bader Meinhof Complex,” “The People Vs. Fritz Bauer,” “Heidi Schneider is Trapped”) plays her mother. The supporting cast consists of professional actors and includes actors with and without mental conditions.

“Sonja Hayes is a fantastic director and we can’t wait to present ‘When It Wasn’t Like It Was’ to an international audience in Berlin. Life is a nuthouse, everywhere, but of course especially when you grow up in one! Charming, funny and at the same time deeply moving, hilarious, wonderful scenes will delight audiences around the world,” said Dirk Schurhoff, CEO of Beta Cinema. Beta Cinema will host official screenings in Berlin as well as market screenings at EFM.

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