TrustNordisk sells Bier, Von Trier films

'Melancholia,' 'Better World' going to multiple territories

COLOGNE, Germany -- Sales outfit TrustNordisk has closed multiple territories for the new films from Danish auteurs Susanne Bier and Lars Von Trier.

Von Trier's "Melancholia," a sure-to-be-twisted take on the disaster movie genre, sold to Concorde for Germany and Austria, BIM Distribuzione for Italy, Frenetic for Switzerland and IPA in Thailand.

The film, which begins shooting in Sweden in July, stars Kiefer Sutherland, Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt and Charlotte Gainsbourg and is eyeing a Cannes outing next year.

Trust earlier presold "Melancholia" to Russia (Central Partnership), Brazil (California Filmes) and Poland (Gutek Film).

Cinus in Korea and Japanese distributor Longride picked up Bier's "In a Better World," with Trust also selling the title to Hong Kong (First Distributors), Colombia & Central America (Cineplex) and Lithuania (Scanorama).

Sony Pictures Classics has U.S. rights for the film, which stars Ulrich Thomsen as a Holocaust survivor who meets the twin sister he thought died in the concentration camps.

Universum in Germany, Switzerland's Frenetic and California Filmes in Brazil are also among the international buyers counting on "In a Better World."

Other deals for Trust coming out of Cannes include sales for opera adaptation "Juan," which went to Benelux (Four Corners/Wildbunch) and Switzerland (Praesens Film) and the Danish family film "Karla & Jonas," picked up by NinetySeven for France.
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