Susanne Bier's first rom-com in 12 years sold to US
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
17/05/2012 - US distributor Sony Pictures Classics has purchased North American rights for Danish director Susanne Bier's romantic comedy, Love Is All You Need (previously known as All You Need Is Love). Sony also released Bier's Oscar winner, Hævnen (In a Better World) [trailer], in the US.
The deal was negotiated by LA-based Creative Artists Management on behalf of Danish international sales agency, TrustNordisk. "Her latest screenplay is intelligent, brave, and so much fun - audiences will really embrace this film," said Sony.
To be launched domestically on August 30, by Nordisk Film Distribution AB , Bier's first romantic comedy since local blockbuster, The One and Only 12 years ago, Love Is All You Need follows two families gathering for a wedding in Sorrento, Italy.
Starring Danish actress Trine Dyrholm as a cancer-stricken woman who has lost her hair and left her husband, and Irish actor Pierce Brosnan as a businessman with an eye for vegetables, it was scripted by Anders Thomas Jensen (In a Better World).
With a cast including Christiane Schaumburg-Müller, Paprika Steen, Molly Egelind, Kim Bodnia and Sebastian Jessen, the €5.5 million production was signed by Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Vibeke Windeløv for Zentropa Entertainments.
The romcom has proved a hot property for TrustNordisk, which most recently sold it to Prokino for Germany, after, among others, Les Films du Losange for France, Teodora Film for Italy, Golem Distribución for Spain, Cineart for Benelux, Frenetic Films for Switzerland, Voxell for CIS countries.
Bier is currently shooting her second Hollywood movie, Serena, in Prague - an adaption of US author Ron Rash's 2008 novel with new Hollywood stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in the leads. Release is scheduled for autumn 2013.