Rudin vouches for Trier's Norwegian film

Introducing a new foreign-language auteur to American moviegoers has never been tougher.

So producer Scott Rudin is lending his name to the upcoming Norwegian film “Reprise” to provide an extra push.

Shocked to discover that Norwegian shorts writer-director Joachim Trier‘s stylishly hip feature debut, which earned strong reviews at Sundance and “New Directors, New Films” in 2007, didn’t have distribution, Rudin persuaded Miramax to release the story about two fledgling novelists who respond to early literary success in radically different ways.

Miramax (partnering with Netflix) will open “Reprise” in limited engagements in New York and L.A. on May 16.

An eager student of the indie market, Rudin wants smart arthouse auds to discover a new director who plays with an innovative disjunctive narrative that is still “emotionally linear.”

Rudin compares the film to seeing Steven Soderbergh‘s “sex, lies and videotape” for the first time.

“It blows the doors off the hinges,” he says. “This film is so much about the experience of the people I hope come and see it. It’s no reach for audiences except that it’s a foreign film. What the characters are going through exactly lines up with who goes to this kind of movie. At least we have a shot at it.”

Rudin, natch, is hoping to forge a relationship with Trier , though he has not put anything to paper yet.

In his current incarnation at Disney/Miramax, Rudin routinely moves between big-budget studio pics and smaller filmsand he says “Reprise” was a natural.”I feel an obligation to use the momentum this company has for something like this.”

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