Leading art house, Match Factory, has acquired the rights to ‘Bachmann & Frisch,’ a biopic about Austrian radical poet and writer Ingeborg Bachmann, directed by Lion d’Or winner Margarethe von Trotta. gold of Venice. The film stars Vicky Krieps – who appears in two Cannes Film Festival films this year, “Corsage” and “More Than Ever” – as a poet, and Ronald Zehrfeld (“Barbara”, “Phoenix”) as a partner, the Swiss writer Max Frisch.
The pickup follows Match Factory’s international sales success with Von Trotta’s “Hannah Arendt” in 2012. The company also represented Von Trotta’s “Forget About Nick” in 2017.
“Bachmann & Frisch” recounts the author’s life in Berlin, Zurich and Rome, his relationship with Frisch, his trip to Egypt and his radical texts and readings.
The cast also includes Tobias Resch (“Breaking the Ice”), Basil Eidenbenz (“Denial”), Luna Wedler (“I am Karl”) and Marc Limpach (“Munich: The Edge of War”).
The film is produced by Katrin Renz from Tellfilm, Bady Minck from Amour Fou Vienna, Bettina Brokemper from Heimatfilm and Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu from Amour Fou Luxembourg.
The distributors Alamode/MFA+ in Germany, Filmcoopi in Switzerland and Polyfilm in Austria are already attached. The film should be ready next year.
The Match Factory is also selling “More Than Ever”, directed by Emily Atef, which is showing at Un Certain Regard in Cannes.