Film Intl co. picks up 'Cherry' and 'Ice'

BERLIN — Bavaria Film Intl. continues to ratchet up sales at the European Film Market in Berlin with continued success for two of its Golden Bear contenders, “Cherry Blossoms — Hanami” and “Black Ice.”

“Our revenues within the first half of the market have already outdone the overall results of 2007,” said Bavaria co-topper Thorsten Ritter.

Sales for Doris Doerrie’s “Cherry Blossoms” have boomed following strong reviews after its Monday premiere.

In addition to the Benelux, where it will go out via Cinemien, Bavaria Film Intl. has sold the tragic comedy to JinJin Pictures in South Korea, Swallow Wings in Taiwan, Cine Colombia in Colombia, Cine Video y TV in Mexico and PCV in Greece.

Majestic releases the pic in Germany on March 6.

Bavaria also inked a slew of all-rights deals for Petri Kotwica’s “Black Ice,” the first Finnish film in 18 years to screen in competition in Berlin.

The drama, about a scorned wife out for revenge, went to French distrib Surreal Film, Bulgaria’s Multivision, Taiwan’s Swallow Wings, K Entertainment for South Korea, Cine Colombia and Plan 2 Real for the CIS territories and Baltic states.

Bavaria’s CGI-animated hit “Lissi and the Wild Emperor” was picked up by Ozenfilm for Turkey, Key2Media for Spain and PVC for Greece in addition to previously announced deals with Luxor for CIS and the Baltic states, China’s HGC and Brazil’s Art Film.

Company also inked a package deal with HBO Ole Partners for Latin America. It acquired pay TV rights to the three above-mentioned titles as well as Robert Thalheim’s “And Along Come Tourists”; “Blind,” by Tamar van den Dop; and Tomas Alfredson’s “Let the Right One In.”

Bavaria’s third competition title, Amos Kollek’s Israeli pic “Restless,” premieres Thursday.

Meanwhile, Kinowelt Intl. has scored a number of sales for its Berlinale Special screener “Reverse Angle — Rebellion of the Filmmakers,” which looks back at the New German Cinema movement of the 1960s and ’70s and filmmakers Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog.

Facets acquired the Dominik Wessely-directed doc for the U.S. as well as 20 titles from Kinowelt’s Filmverlag der Autoren catalog, which comprises definitive German cinematic works of the ’60s and ’70s.

Facet and Spanish distrib Sherlock also picked up a collection of 16 Alexander Kluge feature films along with 30 of his shorts.

Sherlock also bought Spanish rights for Rudolf Thome’s latest feature, “The Visible and the Invisible,” and Peter Sehr’s “Obsession,” with Daniel Craig.

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