By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 9, 2013 at 12:21PM
Wrekin Hill Entertainment is acquiring U.S. rights to Bille August’s thriller "Night Train to Lisbon," which debuted at the Berlin Film Festival, and plans a release later this year.
Gregg Latter and Ulrich Herrmann adapted the bestseller by Pascal Mercier about Swiss professor Raimund Gregorius (Jeremy Irons) who learns of a mesmerizing book by Portuguese author Amadeu de Prado, which compels him to ditch his boring life and embark on an adventure in Lisbon. The sprawling international cast also includes Jack Huston, Melanie Laurent, Martina Gedeck, August Deihl, Bruno Ganz, Lena Olin, Christopher Lee and Charlotte Rampling.
August also directed "Pelle the Conqueror," "The Best Intentions," "House of the Spirits" and "Smilla's Sense of Snow."
Studio Hamburg FilmProduktion and C-FILMS AG Zuerich produced the film, in co-production with C-Films Deutschland GmbH, Cinemate Portugal and with Tele Muenchen Group.
The film has already been performed well in several territories including Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy and in Germany, where the film’s German distributor Concorde has already seen the film surpass the $5 million mark at the box office. K5 is handling all international sales.
L.A.-based Wrekin Hill Entertainment, founded by the former Newmarket Films team of Chris Ball and Rene Cogan, has a multi-year US home entertainment distribution deal with Lionsgate, and a three-year multi-platform output deal with Canadian distributor eOne. The company has distributed Peter Weir’s "The Way Back" and Zhang Yimou’s "The Flowers of War."