EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has picked up rights in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to Swiss comedy The Neighbours From Upstairs (Die Nachbarn Von Oben) following the film’s theatrical run.
Ascot Elite Entertainment’s charge drew 72,000 admissions in German-speaking Switzerland and was one of the top-performing Swiss comedies in 2023.
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The film follows couple Thomas and Anna who after 20 years of marriage are desperate for some romance. When they invite their amorous and passionate neighbours over for dinner, they get a surprisingly spicy offer which takes their night and relationship down a road they hadn’t expected.
The film’s two lead actresses Ursina Lardi and Sarah Spale are currently nominated for the Swiss Film Award, which will be unveiled in March, the same month the film becomes available on Netflix. Max Simonischek and Roeland Wiesnekker also star.
Pic was directed by Sabine Boss. Alexander Seibt adapted the screenplay, which is based on the Spanish-language hit of the same name from 2020.
Ascot Elite Entertainment’s producers are Karin G. Dietrich (CEO), Ralph S. Dietrich (CEO), Stephan Giger (CEO) and Roger Kaufmann (producer). Production companies are Elite Filmproduktion in co-production with SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen and blue+. It was funded by the Federal Office of Culture, the Zurich Film Foundation, Suissimage and with support from Veriset, Fors and Coast Boutique.
Producer Roger Kaufmann said: “The licensing of The Neighbours From Upstairs to Netflix underlines the appeal and quality of the film and completes the successful exploitation of our production with another highlight.”
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