Bavaria Film does brisk biz in Cannes

Europe and Asia snap up raft of pics

BERLIN — Bavaria Film Int’l. has seen brisk sales to European and Asian buyers at the Cannes movie mart, with local hit “Good Bye, Lenin!” and Oscar winner “No Where in Africa” leading the pack.

“Lenin,” a bittersweet comedy about German reunification, was picked up by Hong Kong distrib Edko as well as Finland’s Kamras, which also picked up “No Where in Africa.” Pic, about a Jewish-German family living in Kenya during the Second World War, also sold to Ecofilmes in Portugal and Korea’s With Cinema. Latter also nabbed Aki Kaurismaki’s “The Man Without a Past.”

Finnish pubcaster YLE acquired a package from Bavaria that includes Teutonic titles “Distant Lights,” “Grill Point,” “I’m the Father” and “Solino.”

SPI Int’l. bought tyke pic “The Flying Classroom” and “Mostly Martha” for Poland while Thailand’s Right Beyond nabbed prison drama “14 Days to Life.”

Bavaria also unloaded neo-Nazi drama “Fuehrer Ex” to Canada’s K-Films Amerique and pre-sold Veit Helmer’s “Gate to Heaven” and Kim Ki-Duk’s “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring” to A-Film for the Benelux territories.

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