Mpls. Film Co. Heads to 2 Major Film Festivals

Werc Werk Works will screen its productions at both the Berlin and Sundance film festivals for the second consecutive year.

Minneapolis-based film production company Werc Werk Works announced Thursday that one of its films has been selected to premiere at the Berlin Film Festival next month.

Hungarian Director BŽla Tarr's The Turin Horse will be the company's second production to compete for the Golden Bear in Berlin, following last year's production Howl, which is a biography on poet Allen Ginsberg. The Turin Horse is the company's first international coproduction.

The indie production company will also be back at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah this year for the premiere of The Convincer. The film is a crime drama shot in Minnesota by Wisconsin screenwriters Jill and Karen Sprecher. Last year, the company made its debut at the festival with the premiere of Howl.

Werc Werk Works was founded in August 2008 by Elizabeth Redleaf and Christine Kunewa Walker. Unlike most film production companies, the company finances its own films, raising private equity for the enterprise as a whole rather than on a per-film basis.

The company's initial slate of films, Life During Wartime and Howl, were released in theaters last year and generated critical acclaim. The company recently completed its fifth production-Darling Companion by Lawrence Kasdan of Star Wars fame.