Bavaria Film International has closed a host of deals for Paula van der Oest’s Black Butterflies, including a US/Canada deal with Tribeca Film.

The film is a drama starring Carice van Houten, Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer in the story of South African poet Ingrid Jonker.

Other key sales are to France (Zootrope), Middle East (Shooting Stars), CIS (Carmen), Brazil (Imovision), Latin America (HBO), Hong Kong (Edko), Colombia (Babilla), Mexico (Cinemas Nueva Era), Switzerland (Frenetic), Scandinavian (Future Film), Taiwan (Swallow Wings).

There is also buyer interest from Germany, the UK and other territories, Bavaria noted.

The film recently won three Dutch Film Awards including Best Picture and Best Actress.

Black Butterflies has fulfilled all our expectations and has proven our collaboration with Dutch producers Frans van Gestel and Arnold Heslenfeld and their co-producing partners to be a very valuable one. Paula’s direction makes this film stand as an example of high quality filmmaking with ambition while still aiming to reach out to a broad audience,” stated Thorsten Ritter, Head of Bavaria Film International.

Black Butterflies is produced by Frans van Gestel (IDTV Film), Richard Claus (Cool Beans, Comet Film), Michael Auret (Spier Films) and Arry Voorsmit (Riba Film International). The production was supported by The Netherlands Film Fund, The Cobo Fund, NTR, and the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa.