Danish Thriller 'Bridgend' Finds Sales Agent Ahead of U.S. Premiere

Courtesy of International Film Festival Rotterdam

Warsaw, Poland-based New Europe Film Sales will handle Jeppe Ronde's dark English-language thriller outside Denmark.

Warsaw, Poland-based New Europe Film Sales has picked up Danish thriller Bridgend for U.S. and international sales outside of Denmark ahead of the film's Tribeca Film Festival premiere next month.

The English-language film, the feature debut from documentary director Jeppe Ronde, is based on the real-life story of 79 teenage suicides that took place in a small British mining community over five years between 2007 and 2012.

Set in Wales, the Danish-produced thriller stars Hannah Murray (Skins, Game of Thrones) as Sara and Steven Waddington (The Imitation Game, Sleepy Hollow) as her father. Josh Oconnor (The Riot Club) plays Jamie, a haunted young man Sara falls in love with. Inspired by true events in the Welsh mining town of Bridgend that drew international press coverage, the film will have its U.S. premiere at Tribeca's World Narrative Competition in April following its world bow at International Film Festival Rotterdam in January.

Ronde has made a name for himself with award-winning documentaries Jerusalem My Love and The Swenkas, though the Rotterdam screening of Bridgend divided critics, with The Hollywood Reporter's Neil Young dubbing it a "fact-based Danish drama [that] emits the rancid whiff of exploitation."

The film is produced by Michel Schonnemann and Malene Blenkov of Blenkov & Schonnemann Pictures. New Europe will handle world sales outside of Denmark, with the Danish Film Institute handling domestic and festival screenings.

Jan Naszewski of New Europe Film Sales told The Hollywood Reporter that the film had strong theatrical and VOD potential.

"We loved the fresh genre style that Jeppe had for the story and his respectful, documentary approach in the development stage when he was researching the story, and the performances of the young actors are amazing, too."

Naszewski added that the company already is in talks with U.S. distributors ahead of Tribeca.