Bavaria Film International will handle international sales for Doris Doerrie's new feature film Kirschblueten (literally Cherry Blossoms) which began shooting on location in Tokyo today (March 13).

The project (previously known as Hanami) reunites Doerrie with Munich-based Olga-Film, who produced her international breakthrough hit Men (Maenner) more than 20 years ago. It has been backed by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, the German Federal Film Board (FFA), and the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) and will be released theatrically in Germany by Benjamin Herrmann and David Groenewold's new distribution outfit Majestic Filmverleih.

The cast includes this year's German 'Shooting Star' Maximilian Brueckner, Hannelore Elsner, Nadja Uhl, Birgit Minichmayr, and Elmar Wepper in a tragi-comic drama about a widower travelling from Germany to Japan in the search of the lost dreams of his late wife.

Doerrie has also used Japan as the setting for two previous features - Enlightenment Guaranteed and The Fisherman And His Wife.

After shooting has ended in Japan, production will move to locations in Berlin, the Baltic Sea coast and the Allgäu region in Southern Germany before wrapping on April 24.