Italy believes in Trust
by Annika Pham
Italian distributor Lucky Red has developed a strong taste for Danish films following the excellent results of Lars von Trier’s The Boss of it All [+see also:
film profile] (200,000 admissions in Italy).
The Italian distribution outfit has bought the rights from Trust Film Sales to von Trier’s upcoming vampire film Anti-Christ, set to start shooting next fall, and to Anders Rønnow Klarlund’s political satire How to Get Rid of Others.
Anders Nilsson’s Swedish film When Darkness Falls, which screened early in the Panorama section, was well received by the festival crowd and sold to Greece.
This year’s Guldbagge winner Kidz in Da Hood [+see also:
film profile] was starting its market screenings after being platformed in the Generation section, with three German distributors bidding for it. Deals were also pending on Morten Hartz Kaplers’s Rotterdam winner AFR [+see also:
“Italy is very good for us, and we can see openings with Spain and Switzerland, but the UK remains quite difficult”, stressed Trust CEO Maja Giese. After Berlin, Trust’s sales team will carefully watch the March 13 Danish release of Lone Scherfig’s new film, ahead of its screening in Cannes.
Other titles ready for May include Go In Peace Jamil (Ma Salama Jamil), the feature debut of Omar Shargawi, of Palestinian origin, as well as Anders Morgenthaler’s new film Ekko.
As for Trust’s star filmmaker Susanne Bier, she will work once again with Zentropa Entertainment on her new Danish film Julius, as soon as her Hollywood film Things We Lost in the Fire is behind her, perhaps next autumn. Co-production partners are still to be determined for the drama about a Holocaust survivor who moves to Israel.
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