Bavaria Film International closed a US deal with Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) for Wolfgang Becker's Good Bye, Lenin! ahead of its winning nine Lolas at this year's German Film Awards on Friday evening in Berlin.

Commenting on the deal with SPC, which also took US distribution for Tom Tykwer's Run Lola Run in 1999, Stefan Arndt, co-founder and co-owner of Lenin!'s producer X Filme Creative Pool said SPC "have proven time and again that no other studio can match their experience in launching a foreign film in the States."

Following the US deal, Becker's film has now been sold to 63 territories and is set to be released in France and the UK in the next few weeks. The film has since taken more than Euros 34.8m at the German box-office and been seen by almost 5.8m cinemagoers since its release on February 13.