Prison break: 'R' to France, N.A.

Drama written, directed by Michael Noer and Tobias Lindholm

CANNES -- TrustNordisk has locked down North America and France for "R," a Danish prison drama written and directed by Michael Noer and Tobias Lindholm.

Olive Films acquired North American rights and NinetySeven picked up France for the hard-hitting title, which won the Dragon Award for best Nordic feature at the Gothenburg Film Festival.

In the film, the titular prisoner R, convicted of violent assault, is sentenced to serve time is the roughest ward of the country's roughest prison and has to fight to survive. "R" was produced by Tomas Radoor and Rene Ezra for Nordisk Film. TrustNordisk sales head Susan Wendt negotiated the deals with Farhad Arshad from Olive Films and NinetySeven's Bertrand Devort.

Olive is planning to release the film theatrically in the first half of 2011.