Bavaria enters ‘Battlefield’

Group buys Lebanese director's debut title

MADRID — Underscoring its commitment to distribute films from any part of the world, German sales company Bavaria Film International has has added Cannes Directors Fortnight player “Maarek Hob” (In the Battlefield) to its sales slate.

“Battlefield” is the feature deb of Lebanese director Danielle Arbid, who has a substantial career as a video filmmaker, winning a Silver Leopard in Locarno in the year 2000 for the docu “On the Frontiers” and creating a video installation at Austria’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Bavaria has acquired international rights outside the territories of its producers: Lebanon’s Taxi Films, France’s Quo Vadis Cin-ema, Belgium’s Versus Production, and Germany’s Selavy.

Set in 1983 in war-ravaged Beirut, “Battlefield” is a coming-of-age drama which follows a 12-year-old girl who forms a friend-ship with her aunt’s 18-year-old Syrian maid. The film also competes for Cannes Camera d’Or.

“The film is exciting, compelling and ultimately heart-warming,” said Bavaria Film Intl’s head of sales Thorsten Schaumann.

Bavaria’s Cannes line-up includes recent pick-up “Whisky,” by Uruguayan helmers Pablo Stoll and Juan Pablo Rebella, which screens in an Un Certain Regard, the German production and Berlin Golden Bear-winner “Head On,” Argentinian Daniel Bur-man’s “Lost Embrace,” which took Silver Bears for picture and actor (Daniel Hendler), Romauld Karmakar’s “Nightsongs,” M.X. Oberg’s “The Stratosphere Girl,” Veit Helmer’s “Gate to Heaven,” and Nina Grosse’s “Olga’s Summer.”