Bavaria picks up Iceland’s ‘Africa’

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In the run-up to the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Bavaria Film Intl. has picked up Icelandic doc “Africa United,” which is unspooling in the fest’s documentary competition.

Olaf Johannesson’s pic focuses on the aspirations of a soccer-crazy coach and his players — immigrants from Morocco, Nigeria, Columbia, Serbia, Kosovo, Gambia and Guinea — who sign up to play in Iceland’s semiprofessional third football division.

Pic was produced by Johannesson’s Poppoli Pictures Iceland with Zik Zak Filmworks, supported by the Icelandic Film Fund, the Nordisk Film Fund and the UEFA.

Bavaria also is repping Chilean filmmaker Raoul Ruiz’s “The Lost Domain,” a tale of friendship that spans more than four decades, which is screening in Karlovy Vary’s film competition.

Fest, held in the Czech Republic, runs July 1-9.

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