U.S. 'Patrik' pickup one for the ages

Here! acquires North American rights to the dramedy

Theatrical distribution and worldwide sales company Here! Films has acquired North American rights to the Swedish dramedy "Patrik, Age 1.5."

Sister company Regent Releasing will distribute the film in select U.S. cities this summer.

"Patrik," from helmer Ella Lemhagen, stars Gustaf Skarsgard and Torkel Petersson as a married gay couple, who move into a picture-perfect suburb of Stockholm and adopt a baby boy. A misplaced decimal on Patrik's papers indicates his age as 1.5, but they wind up with a 15-year-old homophobe who may have a criminal past.

" 'Patrik, Age 1.5' was a delightful discovery for Regent as we continue our commitment to showcase the best in gay cinema," Regent's Mark Reinhart said. "Ella does an amazing job portraying the sentiments and trials of these two loving men trying to build a new home and family together."

The film, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Fest, was acquired from Stockholm-based Svensk Filmindustri. Quinn Coleman, vp acquisitions for Regent, and Ann-Kristin Westerberg, senior vp for Svensk Filmindustri, negotiated the deal.

Producer Tomas Michaelsson said the film has quickly become one of Sweden's top films this year.

"The film exceeded our initial estimates," Michaelsson said. "The audience really got its message and they love the characters."

Lemhagen made her directorial debut with 1996's "The Prince of Dreams," which was nominated for a Guldbagge Award, the equivalent to the Oscar.

APA represents the film for U.S. remake rights for the film.