Film Republic Picks Up Swiss Fest Hit ‘Amateur Teens’


Niklaus Hilber’s Zurich-awarded teen drama will play in Tallinn’s Just Film section.

London-based sales agency Film Republic has scored the global rights to Swiss writer-helmer Niklaus Hilber’s provocative coming-of-age drama “Amateur Teens,” which screens Nov. 17 as part of the Tallinn fest’s Just Film program.

The film had its world premiere last month on home turf at the Zurich Film Festival, where it walked away with the Audience Award. An ensemble piece studying the social and romantic tensions betweens a diverse group of Zurich high school students, the pic engages frankly with such issues as cyber-bullying, social media and the influence of porn on adolescent sexuality. It is Hilber’s first theatrical feature since his 2006 comedy “Cannabis.”

The early success of “Amateur Teens” on the fest circuit reps a coup for its fledgling production outfit: The Zurich-based A Film Company was founded earlier this year by veteran producer Valentin Greutert, who previously shepherded Hilber’s 2014 TV pic “Ziellos.” The “Teens” deal was negotiated in Zurich between Greutert and Film Republic chief Xavier Henry-Rashid. Swiss distrib Look Now! is handling domestic rights.

Film Republic is repping two other titles in Tallinn’s Forum lineup: Polish newcomer Karolina Bielawska’s topical transgender drama “Call Me Marianna” and Swedish helmer Hanna Skold’s “Granny’s Dancing on the Table,” a part-animated study of a traumatic childhood.