Bavaria Film picks up ‘Krabat’

Fantasy pic will premiere in Toronto

BERLIN — Bavaria Film Intl. has acquired international rights to Marco Kreuzpaintner’s fantasy epic “Krabat,” which is premiering at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival next month.

The $15.5 million production, based on Otfried Preussler’s bestselling novel, recounts the 17th-century yarn, set in the Wendish region of Saxony, about an orphan boy who is apprenticed to an evil sorcerer.

Produced by Munich-based Claussen + Woebke + Putz, the film hits local screens Oct. 9 via Fox.

Pic, which will screen in Toronto’s Sprockets Family Zone sidebar, stars Daniel Bruehl (“Good Bye, Lenin!”), David Kross (“The Reader”), Tom Wlaschiha (“The Cloud”) and Robert Stadlober (“Summer Storm”).

“Krabat” is the third Kreuzpaintner film to be distributed worldwide by Bavaria, which also handled “Summer Storm” and “Breaking Loose.” The director last helmed “Trade,” his English-language debut, which was produced by Roland Emmerich and Claussen + Woebke + Putz.

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