Bavaria brews film sales

Pact includes 'Bridge,' 'Be With Me,' 'Ping Pong'

BERLIN — German distrib Bavaria Film ratcheted up further sales in Cannes, including deals for Fatih Akin’s out-of-competition music documentary “Crossing the Bridge — The Sound of Istanbul” and Eric Khoo’s Director’s Fortnight opener “Be With Me.”

Company sold “Crossing the Bridge” to A Film for Benelux, Golem in Spain, Discovery Film for the former Yugoslavia and Orlando in Israel.

“Be With Me” was picked up by Civite Films and New World Pictures for Spain and Thailand, respectively.

New World Pictures also nabbed rights to the Argentinean gay-themed drama “Un Ano Sin Amor,” honored at this year’s Berlinale with the Independent Teddy Award; pic also went to Epicentre for France.

Fellow Berlinale screener “Mongolian Ping Pong” was picked up by German distrib Rapid Eye Movies (REM), while Mongrel Media took Canadian rights to Akin’s European Film Award winner “Head-On” as well as Carlos Sorin’s Toronto and San Sebastian hit “Bombon — El Perro.”

Bavaria also sold Florian Gallenberger’s feature film debut “Shadows of Time” to Italy’s Metacinema.

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