Cannes: Content Takes Worldwide Sales Rights to 'The Surprise'

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Dutch director Mike van Diem won the 1998 foreign film Oscar for "Karakter."

Content Film has picked up worldwide sales rights for The Surprise, the next film from Dutch director Mike van Diem, who won the foreign film Oscar in 1998.

Written and directed by van Diem, the Dutch romantic comedy follows a man who hires a firm to help him with an assisted suicide, only to meet and fall in love with a woman soon after he signs his irreversible contract. The film is currently in pre-production.

Els Vandevorst is producing with Hans de Weers, in co-production with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor, Prime Time’s Nino Lombardo, Fastnet’s Macdara Kellerher and Riva Film’s Michael Eckert.

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Content Film, the film and library sales arm of Content Media Corporation, has worldwide rights excluding Holland, Belgium, the former Dutch Colonies, Luxembourg and Germany.

"The Surprise is a beautiful and complex story that is at once romantic, melancholic and very funny,” says Jamie Carmichael, president of Content Film.

Van Diem not only won the 1998 foreign film Oscar for drama Karakter, based on the 1938 novel by Ferdinand Bordewijk, but also receive the Academy Award for best foreign student film for short Alaska in 1990. He’s repped by CAA and Mosaic.

Content’s slate at Cannes includes Pudsey: The Movie about the British dog, ghost story Dark Summer, sequel The Pact 2 and thriller, Mr. Jones, which was recently acquired domestically by Anchor Bay.

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