Bavaria picks up Toronto duo

'Encarnacion,' 'Blind' to screen at fest

BERLIN — Bavaria Film Intl. has picked up world rights to Argentine director Anahi Berneri’s “Encarnacion” and Dutch helmer Tamar van den Dop’s “Blind” ahead of the Toronto Film Festival.

Bavaria’s acquisition of “Encarnacion,” about an aging actress coping with both her role and her life, continues its collaboration with Berneri and producers Daniel Burman and Diego Dubcovsky of BD Cine.

Bavaria launched Berneri’s debut, “Un Ano Sin Amor,” in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section in 2005.

“Encarnacion” will have its world premiere in Toronto’s Visions section before competing in San Sebastian’s Official Competition. Pic was co-produced by Jose Maria Morales of Spain’s Wanda Films.

“Blind” is Bavaria’s first collaboration with Dutch production company Phanta Vision, headed by Petra Goedings. Pic is set at the turn of the century and tells the poetic story of a blind youth, played by Joren Seldeslachts, who falls in love with his reader Marie (Halina Reijn), imagining her to be as young and beautiful as she sounds.

Co-produced by Belgium’s MMG and Bulgaria’s Klas Film, “Blind” will have its international premiere in Toronto’s Discovery section after a domestic release by Disney Intl.

Bavaria’s Toronto lineup also includes Macedonian helmer Milcho Manchevski’s thriller “Shadows,” which premieres in Special Presentation and Austrian filmmaker Christian Frosch’s conspiracy drama “Silent Resident” (“Weisse Lilien”), which is world premiering in Visions; Bavaria is handling all rights to the latter outside of Austria and Germany.

Four Bavaria titles that screened in Berlin and Cannes will also unspool in Toronto: Bruce McDonald’s “The Tracey Fragments” (Visions), Srdan Golubovi’s “The Trap,” Robert Thalheim’s “And Along Come Tourists” and Cesar Charlone and Enrique Fernandez’s “The Pope’s Toilet” (“El Bano del Papa”), the latter three of which will screen in the Contemporary World Cinema section.

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