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Bavaria banks on ‘Me’

Company also handling 'Crossing'

BERLIN — Bavaria Film Intl. has picked up world rights to Singapore filmmaker Eric Khoo’s episodic film “Be With Me,” which is opening the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors Fortnight sidebar on Wednesday.

Produced by Zhao Wei Films and Infinite Frameworks, “Be With Me” presents three tales of love, hope and fate: “Meant to Be,” about a lonely old man who finds an autobiography that changes his life; “Finding Love,” about a security guard whose only passions are food and a woman who works in his building; and “So in Love,” the bittersweet love story of two teenagers.

It’s Khoo’s second pic to be presented at Cannes after “12 Storeys,” which screened in Un Certain Regard in 1997.

Bavaria also is handling Fatih Akin’s music documentary “Crossing the Bridge — the Sound of Istanbul,” which is screening out of competition at the fest. In the film, Akin, who is on this year’s festival jury, explores Istanbul’s burgeoning music scene and the increasing fusion of western and traditional Turkish sounds in the city.

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