Distrib nabs N. American rights to von Trier pic

Magnolia Pictures has pre-bought North American rights to Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia” at the European Film Market.

Pic was acquired through a seven-figure deal with sales outfit Trust Nordisk.

Project, which is expected to complete lensing later in spring, boasts a cast that includes Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgard, Stellan Skarsgard and Udo Kier.

Dunst and Gainsbourg play sisters whose lives are drifting apart as the world is on the brink of Armageddon. Deal was negotiated at the Berlinale by Magnolia’s Tom Quinn and VP of acquisitions Dori Begley with Trust Nordisk’s Peter Aalbaek Jensen and Susan Wendt.

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