Bavaria sells ‘Krabat,’ ‘Window’

'Empty Nest' goes to Switzerland

BERLIN — Bavaria Film Intl. has inked deals for “Krabat” with buyers for Russia, CIS, Poland, Romania and Latin America, the sales company said on Wednesday.

The lavish fantasy pic, based on a best-selling novel by Otfried Preussler and helmed by Marco Kreuzpaintner, made its world preem at the Toronto Film Festival.

Russia Film Depot acquired rights for Russia and the CIS states before the Toronto screening. SPI got the rights for Poland and Romania, and California Filmes took Latin America during the fest.

Buyers from the U.K., Australia, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic and the Benelux countries also displayed strong interest in “Krabat,” Bavaria said.

France’s CTV has acquired the rights to Carlos Sorin’s “The Window” (La Ventana), a warm-hearted story depicting the last day of an old man waiting for his son to bid him farewell.

Pic also sold to Cinemien for the Benelux countries and to Imovision for Brazil. Negotiations are under way with distributors from the U.S., Italy and Switzerland.

“Empty Nest” (El Nido Vacio), Daniel Burman’s winner of the jury awards for actor and cinematography at San Sebastian, was sold to Trigon Film in Switzerland, with a U.S. deal in the making and further interest from Benelux and U.K.

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