Dutch Drama 'Black Butterflies' Sells to France, U.S.

The period drama, set in Apartheid-era South Africa, stars Carice van Houten and Rutger Hauer.

COLOGNE, Germany – Black Butterflies, the Apartheid-era drama from Oscar-nominated director Paula van de Oest ( Zus & zo) has racked up a slew of sales ahead of next week’s American Film Market.

Among the many deals Bavaria Film International closed for Butterflies includes ones with Tribeca Enterprises for the U.S. and Canada, Zootrope Films for France, HBO for Latin America and Future Films for Scandinavia. The biopic will also go out in Brazil (Imovision), the Middle East (Shooting Stars), CIS (Carmen Film), Mexico (Cinemas Nueva Era), Switzerland (Frenetic), Hong Kong (Edko Films), Columbia (Babilla Cine) and Taiwan (Swallow Wings Film). Bavaria said there is also strong interest from German and U.K. buyers.

The biopic stars Carice van Houten (Black Book) as South African poet Ingrid Jonker, whose work helped unite the racially divided nation. Van Houten won the Best Actress prize in Tribeca for her performance. Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer also star.

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