D Films enters U.S. theatrical market
Takes rights to war epic 'Max Manus' from TrustNordiskTORONTO -- D Films is the latest Canadian indie distributor to enter the U.S. theatrical market after nabbing the stateside rights to the war epic "Max Manus" from TrustNordisk.
Toronto-based D Films earlier acquired the Canadian rights to Norway's top-grossing local release since 1975 about one of Europe's most celebrated World War II-era resistance fighters.
D Films now plans a limited platform release in select U.S. markets after "Max Manus" had its U.S. premiere opening the Minneapolis Film Festival on April 21.
Gunnar Sonsteby, the 91 year-old real-life hero depicted in the film, was in Minneapolis.
"Max Manus," which has been sold into 30 territories worldwide, is directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg from a script by Thomas Nordseth-Tiller.
Rival Canadian distributors E1 Entertainment, Peace Arch Entertainment and Phase 4 Films have made similar inroads into the U.S. theatrical market, buying up domestic distribution rights to indie pictures and mounting limited releases.
D Films president and CEO Jim Sherry said entering the U.S. theatrical market, however modestly, "strengthens our position in the international market-place."