By Bryce J. Renninger | iW NOW May 20, 2010 at 7:40AM
Sony Pictures Classics has just announced the acquisition of all North American rights to Danish director Susanne Bier's "In a Better World." Bier ("Brothers," "After the Wedding") also wrote the screenplay with Anders Thomas Jensen.
According to a press release from SPC, "In a Better World" "revolves around the lives of two Danish families who cross each other, and an extraordinary, but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. Soon, friendship transforms into a dangerous alliance and a breathtaking pursuit in which life is at stake."
In a statement from the distributor, a representative said, "Susanne Bier is one of the world's finest contemporary storytellers and with 'In a Better World' she has made a film that will tap into the hearts of audience members everywhere. It is our pleasure to be releasing this film in North America and to be back working with our friends at TrustNordisk."
The film is produced by Sisse Graum Jørgensen for Zentropa Entertainment in co-production with Memfis Film International, DR, SVT, Film i Väst and Trollhättan Film with support from The Danish Film Institute, Film Fyn, Nordic Film & TV Fond, The Swedish Film Institute and the MEDIA program of the European Union. TrustNordisk handled sales of the film. [Bryce Renninger]