D Films enters U.S. theatrical market

Takes rights to war epic 'Max Manus' from TrustNordisk

TORONTO -- 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."
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