Bavaria Film International has closed a slew of deals on Jiri Menzel's I Served The King Of England ahead of its international premiere in the Berlinale competition this afternoon.

The adaptation of Bohumil Hrabal's novel starring Ivan Barnev, Oldrich Kaiser, and Julia Jentsch was sold to Distribution Company (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay), Constellation Pictures (Mexico), Art Films (Brazil), Cine Colombia (Colombia), Blanco & Travieso (Venezuela), Ama Films (Greece and Cyprus) and Swallow Wings (Taiwan).

Another competition title, Joseph Cedar's anti-war film Beaufort, was picked up by Thailand's J-Bics - who had bought Stefan Ruzowitzky's competition entry The Counterfeiters on the eve of the festival - and other deals are in the works with distributors from the UK, Italy and France.

Bavaria also reported brisk business on a number of premieres at the European Film Market. Rudy: The Return Of The Racing Pig, Peter Timm's sequel to his 1996 family film, was sold to Thailand's J-Bics, TF 1 for France and French-speaking Benelux territories, Flins & Piniculas for Spain and Andorra, California Filmes for Latin America, Intercinema XXI Century for CIS, Peekshill for Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia, First Distribution for China and MegaCom for former Yugoslavia. MegaCom also picked up TKKG And The Mysterious Mind-Machine and Wild Chicks 2, while Spanish director Ines Paris' sophisticated historical comedy Miguel & William was acquired by Dos Corazones for Mexico and by PCV for Greece and Cyprus.

In addition, Marcus H. Rosenmueller's bobsledding comedy Heavyweights went to Eunseok Film (South Korea) and Lap-TV who bought the Latin American pay TV rights (except for Brazil) for this film as well as Dominik Graf's The Red Cockatoo and Antonin Svoboda's You Bet Your Life.

Finally, TV rights to the digitally restored version of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's monumental Berlin Alexanderplatz have now been sold to TV Kultura (CIS), and Canal + (Poland) with Polish home entertainment rights take by Vision Film. Further deals on DVD or TV rights are possibily in the offing from CIS, Greece and Brazil.