Bavaria Film Int'l conquers 'Henry'

Firm also picks up 'Rabbit Without Ears' sequel

BERLIN -- Bavaria Film International has locked up a string of territories for Jo Baier's period epic "Henry of Navarre," with Film Depot grabbing rights for CIS and the Baltic States, Cine Colombia taking Columbia, and Prorom buying Romanian rights.

Bavaria said it's also seeing strong interest in the $28 million feature from Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Benelux.

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Bavaria also closed several deals for "Rabbit Without Ears 2," the sequel to Til Schweiger's hit romantic comedy, with contracts signed for Latin America (HBO), Brazil (Flashstar), Singapore (Festive Films) and Taiwan (Swallow Wings).

"Henry of Navarre," based on the novel by Heinrich Mann, follows Huguenot king Henry IV, who led protestant forces against the Parisian-based Catholics in France's religious wars of the 16th century. The film, produced by Regina Ziegler's Ziegler Film and starring Julien Boisselier, Roger Casamajor, Karl Markovics and Armelle Deutsch had its world premiere in a Berlinale special gala Saturday night.