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‘Silence’ sounds good to Bavaria

Doc sold to major European territories

Bavaria Film Intl. has a humble hit on its hands with Philip Groening’s “Into Great Silence,” a documentary about life in the Great Charterhouse, a Carthusian monastery high in the French Alps.

Bavaria has sold the pic to major European territories, including Spain’s Karma Films, Metacinema in Italy and Cinemien for Benelux.

The critically acclaimed film has screened in Venice, Toronto and Seville, Spain.

“Into Great Silence” also has been a commercial success for German distrib X Verleih, which released the film nationwide in November. In its second week, pic reached a per-screen average of nearly $100,000 and has so far garnered more than $810,000 at the box office.

Frenetic released the pic in Switzerland, where it entered the top 20 with only three prints in its first week.

Groening himself has been assisting in the deals, which have been brokered by Bavaria Film Intl. head Thorsten Schaumann and sales managers Brigitte Suarez, Stefanie Zeitler and Sebastian Kiesmueller.

Company said a U.S. deal was imminent at the upcoming Sundance Intl. Film Festival (Jan. 19-29), where the film will have its U.S. preem in the world cinema documentary competition.

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