Eastern Europe snapping up 'Krabat'

German 'Harry Potter'-style pic premiered at Toronto

COLOGNE, Germany -- Marco Kreuzpaintner's "Krabat," a dark fantasy film billed as Germany's answer to "Harry Potter," has sold out across much of Eastern Europe, with Russian Film Depot grabbing the picture for Russia/CIS and SPI taking rights in Poland and Romania following the movie's world premiere in Toronto this month.

Bavaria Film International also closed "Krabat" for Latin America, selling to California Filmes, and reports strong interest from all major European territories as well as Australia.

Another strong Toronto seller has been Argentinean drama "The Window" from Carlos Sorin, which Bavaria sold to CTV in France, Cinemien in Benelux and Imovision in Brazil.

Bavaria said it is in negotiations for a U.S. deal for both "The Window" and another Argentine film: Daniel Burman's "Empty Nest."