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CANNES 2007 Market / Germany

Eclectic deals for Bavaria

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Munich-based sales outfit Bavaria Film International secured almost 20 sales on 11 of its eclectic titles, including its Un Certain Regard entries And Along Come Tourists [+see also:
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by Robert Thalheim (see news), sold to Venezuela (Blanco & Travieso), and Enrique Fernández and César Charlone’s El baño del papa, sold to Switzerland (Trigon Film) and South Korea.

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Jirí Menzel’s I Served the King of England [+see also:
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continued to attract buyers’ attention following its Berlin competition screening. It sold to China (Beijing Heresifang Culture development Co), Latin America (LAPTV, excluding Brazil), and South Korea (Shinabro). Joseph Cedar’s Beaufort, winner of a Silver Bear for Best Director, was sold to Japan (SPO), and Serbia’s The Trap [+see also:
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by Srdan Golubovic was snapped by Brunbro Films (Benelux), LAPTV (Latin America except Brazil) and Bulgaria (Pro Films).

Other sales include the Spanish period film Miguel and William by Ines Paris, sold to China and Latin America, Bavaria’s production Off Beat [+see also:
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by Hendrik Hölzemann, sold to Hungary (Best Hollywood), and Rainer Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz: Remastered ,sold to Greece (ArtFree).

For Thorsten Schaumann, co-head of Bavaria Film International, the general trend of this year’s market was a clear bipolarization between big films with star names attached and small, surprise films with crossover potential. “Everything else in between does almost nothing,” he noticed. “We now have to understand what to do to reach the audience and be more precise to see what projects work and also get the directors involved in this process”.

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