Berlinale contender “Axiom” picked up by playmaker Munich (EXCLUSIVE)


The playmaker Munich has signed with Bon Voyage Films to handle the international distribution of their Berlinale contender Axiom, a film about identity and social behavior. The sales agency presents the film to buyers at the virtual European Film Market.

“Axiom,” written and directed by a sophomore filmmaker Jons Jonssonwill be premiered as part of the Encounters competition at this year’s Berlinale, which takes place from February 10th to 20th.

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Julius is an articulate young museum curator who is loved by his friends, colleagues and girlfriend. One day he invites his colleagues to a sailing trip on his noble family’s boat. But something goes wrong. Julius is not who he seems.

“‘Axiom’ is a story about different identities and the big question: ‘Am I me or just the sum of the others?’ Especially in times of social media, this is a topic that we can all identify with and that this film tells in an extraordinary way,” says Amir Hamz, producer of the film and managing director of Bon Voyage Films.

German actor Moritz von Treuenfels plays Julius, a charming young man “whom you initially like to follow, only to feel less and less comfortable with the contradictions that result from his fluid approach to life,” according to a statement.

“Julius impresses everyone with his worldly knowledge and free-flowing conversation that embodies modern ideals of self-renewal. But his behavioral patterns are contrary to the rules of society. Unfolding with a flexibility that mirrors that of the protagonist, Axiom is a fascinating exploration of this unsettling contradiction that is both viscerally and intellectually dizzying.”

Jönsson has written and directed numerous plays and short films, notably Havet (Best Short Film at Timisport Film Festival and Berlinale entry 2009) and Wertingen (2011, Festival du Cinema de Brive). His feature film debut “Lamento” won the First Steps Award and premiered in the 2014 Berlinale in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section.

“Axiom” is a Bon Voyage Films production in co-production with WDR/ARTE. The production was supported and funded by the Film and Media Foundation NRW, the Minister of State for Culture and Media (BKM) and the German Film Fund (DFFF). The local German distributor is Film Perlen.

The Playmaker Munich is releasing several new films as market premieres at the EFM, including the sci-fi film “Rubikon” by Magdalena Lauritsch, which took part in the work-in-progress phase of the Frontières Buyers Showcase in Cannes last year, and the families -Western Young Winnetou & The Lost Buffaloes. It will also feature a teaser of the confined space thriller Holy Shit!

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