Toronto: Universal Pictures International Takes Mads Mikkelsen Western 'The Salvation'

UPIE will release Kristian Levring's feature, co-starring Eva Green, across Latin America, Eastern Europe and South Africa

Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE) has picked up Kristian Levring's Western, The Salvation, featuring Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen, for multiple international territories.

In a deal announced in Toronto, UPIE acquired The Salvation for all of Latin America, Eastern Europe and South Africa.

TrustNordisk is handling international sales on the feature, which co-stars Eva Green. Trust's head of sales, Susan Wendt, negotiated the deal.

"[This deal] strongly indicates that the international market place is more than ready for a Western of Scandinavian origin," Wendt said.

The Salvation, co-written by Levring and Denmark's Anders Thomas Jensen (In a Better World) features an ensemble cast that includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mikael Persbrandt, Jonathan Pryce and French soccer star turned actor Eric Cantona.

Mikkelsen stars as a Danish settler in 19th-century America who sets out to avenge his family.

Buyers jumped on the film after its premiere as a midnight screening in Cannes, with IFC Films picking up North American rights, Concorde taking Germany and Austria and Tohokushinsha acquiring Japanese rights, among several other deals.

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