Bavaria Film International has added genre titles Ole Bornedal’s Deliver Us From Evil and Jonathan auf der Heide’s Van Diemen’s Land to its sales slate for this year’s Cannes.
The Munich-based sales company has added the titles after its success with Swedish genre arthouse crossover, Let The Right One In. It sold the 2008 Berlinale competition film to over 50 territories.
Thorsten Ritter, Bavaria Film managing director, said: “The market is searching for films on the edge between genre filmmaking and arthouse cinema, films that add value to either side and satisfy an extended target group.”
Bornedal’s Deliver Us From Evil is a harrowing allegory on hatred in an archetypal small Danish town. It tells the story of a drunken truck driver who pins the blame for a fatal road accident on a Bosnian refugee. It was released in Denmark by SF Film at the beginning of April.
Meanwhile, auf der Heide’s feature debut focuses on the true story of Alexander Pearce, Australia’s most notorious convict. He escaped with seven fellow inmates from a penal colony on Van Diemen’s Land, Tasmania in 1822, only to find an even less forgiving world in the Australian wilderness.