×

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

"We Are The Best!" Is Playing In Toronto's Special Presentation Section

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.

 

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

    Film Review: 'A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon'

    No asteroids are hurtling toward Earth in “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,” though a flying frozen pizza does softly slice the top off an elderly shopper’s hairdo: That’s roughly the level of quirky peril we’re talking about in the latest outing from Aardman Animations, and as usual, the British stop-motion masters cheerfully prove that [...]

  • Slam

    Film Review: ‘Slam’

    The disappearance of a fearless female Palestinian-Australian slam poet triggers suspense and powerful social and political commentary in “Slam,” an outstanding slow-burn thriller by expat Indian filmmaker Partho Sen-Gupta (“Sunrise”). Starring Palestinian actor Adam Bakri (“Omar,” “Official Secrets”) as the missing woman’s conflicted brother, and leading Aussie performer Rachael Blake as a troubled cop, Opening [...]

  • Igo Kantor

    Igo Kantor, Producer and Post-Production Executive, Dies at 89

    Igo Kantor, whose Hollywood career took him from Howard Hughes’ projection room to supervising post-production on “Easy Rider” and producing B-movies like “Kingdom of the Spiders” and “Mutant,” died Oct. 15. He was 89. Kantor, who was born in Vienna and raised in Lisbon, met “Dillinger” director Max Nosseck on the ship to New York. [...]

  • The Lion King

    Average Movie Ticket Price Falls 4% in Third Quarter of 2019

    Average ticket prices for the third quarter have dropped 4% to $8.93, down from Q2’s $9.26, the National Association of Theatre Owners announced today. However, compared with the third quarter of 2018, ticket price has risen 1.1% from $8.83. The summer box office is down 2.13% from 2018, though the third quarter box office is [...]

  • Tilda Swinton to Preside Over The

    Tilda Swinton to Preside Over Marrakech Film Festival

    Tilda Swinton, the iconoclastic British actress and producer, is set to preside over the 18th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival, succeeding to American director James Gray. Swinton, who won an Oscar and a BAFTA award for best supporting actress for “Michael Clayton,” has been leading an eclectic acting career. She has collaborated with [...]

  • The King Netflix

    Middleburg Film Festival Brings Hollywood to Virginia

    For the last seven years, audiences have flocked to the Middleburg Film Festival. Running October 17th – 21st, and situated in the wine-country hills of historic Middleburg, Virg., the festival usually highlights some of the year’s buzziest titles, and 2019 is no exception. “We’re a smaller festival with fewer overall screenings than other events, so we [...]

  • Kelly McCormick and David Leitch'Fast &

    'Wheelman' Director to Helm 'Versus' From David Leitch, Kelly McCormick (EXCLUSIVE)

    “Wheelman” director Jeremy Rush is in negotiations to helm the action movie “Versus,” with Kelly McCormick and David Leitch producing. Rush will direct the Universal movie from a script penned by “Three Musketeers” scribe Alex Litvak and “American Assassin” writer Mike Finch. Plot details are being kept under wraps, though it will follow the genre [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content