NEW YORK — Indie banner Wellspring has picked up North American rights to Thomas Vinterberg and Lars von Trier’s feature “Dear Wendy.”
Pic, which screened at Sundance last month, stars Jamie Bell, Bill Pullman and Mark Webber. Vinterberg directed the film from von Trier’s screenplay.
Story concerns a loner who discovers a handgun and finds himself drawn to it despite his pacifist views. He subsequently forms a secret club whose members collect antique guns with a hard-to-keep rule: never use them.
Pic was produced through the Nimbus Film and Zentropa labels.
“North American (territory) is important for this film,” Vinterberg said. “I know that this film is more than just a satire about American gun culture, but there is a vital debate about these matters in America nowadays. Hopefully, it will invite many more interesting conversations about the human attraction to firearms.”
Deal was brokered by Wellspring’s Marie Therese Guirgis and Trust Film Sales’ Peter Aalbaek Jensen.