Shortland's WWII drama is in post

MADRID — Music Box Films has acquired U.S. rights to Australian helmer Cate Shortland’s “Lore,” a drama set at the close of WWII.

Deal was negotiated by Music Box’s William Schopf and Tanja Meissner at France’s Memento Films Intl., which sells “Lore” internationally.

Set in spring 1945, “Lore” follows the young daughter of Nazi Germans, who, after her parents are taken into Allied custody, is forced to lead her siblings 500 miles across Germany to their grandmother’s home. She comes to depend for survival on a Jew, a figure she previously feared.

Script is written by Shortland and Robin Mukherjee, adapting Rachel Seiffert’s best-seller “The Dark Room,” inspired by her own experience.

“Lore” is Shortland’s second feature after she caught attention with Cannes Un Certain Regard player “Somersault.”

It is produced by Germany’s Rohrfilm, Australia’s Porchlight Films and Scotland’s Edge City Films.

Haut et Court will distribute in France, Piffl Medien in Germany, Transmission Films in Australia/New Zealand.

The Music Box deal was closed after Schopf viewed footage at February’s Berlin Festival.

Other Berlin-inspired sales deals include Benelux (ABC), Brazil (Mares Filmes), South Korea (LineTree), Israel (Lev Films) and Colombia and Central America (Cineplex).

Now in post-production, “Lore” will be ready for Cannes.

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