Korean arthouse specialist Sponge Entertainment has made its most expensive pick-up to date, with the $20m Death Note spin-off L from NTV. The film, which saw heated bidding, is due for release this coming February across Asia.

Sponge has picked up three more Competition titles - Sokourov's Alexandra from Rezo, Kursturica's Promise Me This from Canal Plus, and Seidel's Import/Export from Coproduction Office.

Pre-buys include the Charlie Kaufman comedy Synedoche, New York from Kimmel Entertainment, the Sean Ellis film Broken from Gaumont, the Brian de Palma film Redacted from HDNet, which looks to go to Venice, and the new Eric Rohmer The Romance of Astrea and Celadon, also looking to go to Venice, from Rezo.