Toronto Buyers Flock To TrustNordisk’s ‘We Are The Best!’

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After bowing at Venice and playing at Toronto to rave reviews, Lukas Moodysson’s “We Are The Best!” has lured a flurry of buyers.

Repped by Scandi powerhouse TrustNordisk, “Best” has sold to Australia (NewVision Films), Italy (Bim Distribuzione) and Taiwan (Maison Motion) with a number of territories currently in negotiation.

TrustNordisk, topped by Rikke Ennis, has previously closed the U.K. (Metrodome), Benelux (Wildbunch), Switzerland (Frenetic Films), Former Yugoslavia (Continental Film) and Lithuania (Scanorama).

An endearing coming-of-age dramedy, “Best” revolves around three young outsiders in 1980s Stockholm who despite their differences form a punk band without having any instruments, defying the popular claim that punk is dead.

“Moodyson knows well how to dig into the soul and feelings of his teenage female protagonists,” said Frank Cox, managing director at Australia’s NewVision Films. “Older audiences will find an affinity and relive the 80’s culture and their own past youthful selves in this feel–good and immensely entertaining movie.”

Variety’s Guy Lodge described the film as “an eccentric, authentic and utterly delightful evocation” of “early teenage life.”

Pic was  produced by Lars Jonsson for Memfis Film, co-produced by Film I Vast, SVT and Zentropa in association with Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) and with the backing of  the Swedish Film Institute, The Danish Film Institute and Nordisk Film and TV Fond.

It will roll out in Scandinavia on Oct. 11.

Swedish scribe-helmer Moodysson broke through with “Show Me Love,” a 1998 romantic drama which won Berlin’s Teddy nod and a British Film Institute prize, among other kudos.

 

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