Magnolia Pictures has snatched up North American rights to Lukas Moodysson’s ‘We Are The Best!,” one of the highlights at Toronto Film Festival.
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.
Pic was produced by Memfis Film and is being repped in international markets by TrustNordisk.
“We Are The Best! left all us grinning from ear to ear,” said Magnolia prexy Eamonn Bowles. “It’s sweet, charming and funny, with a punk rock spirit that’s more authentic than all the modern day bands claiming the title.”
Since its world preem at Venice, “Best” has enthused critics and buyers alike. So far, TrustNordisk has sold the film to Australia (NewVision Films), Italy (Bim Distribuzione), Taiwan (Maison Motion), the U.K. (Metrodome), Benelux (Wildbunch), Switzerland (Frenetic Films), Former Yugoslavia (Continental Film) and Lithuania (Scanorama), among other territories.
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