Miramax Films has acquired Dutch helmer Ben Sombogaart’s WWII drama “Twin Sisters” from High Point Films to distribute in North America.
Pic was acquired from the market at Cannes, but is not in the festival. It was screened at the market.
Based on a novel by Tessa de Loo, pic is the story of two German girls separated before the war — one goes to live with her upper-middle class aunt in Holland, the other to work as a farm hand on her German uncle’s rural farm — and their efforts to reconcile after the war.
At a Variety Cannes Conference Series panel Monday, Miramax co-head Harvey Weinstein likened the pic to German Oscar-winner, “Nowhere in Africa.”
Pic was adapted by Marieke van der Pol; the cast includes Thekla Reuten, Nadja Uhl, Ellen Vogel and Gudrun Okras. It was produced by Anton Smit and Hanneke Niens.
Sombogaart’s 1995 pic, “The Boy Who Stopped Talking,” won a number of prizes, including the UNICEF Award at the Berlin Film Fest.