BERLIN– In one of the highest-profile U.S. deals inked at Berlin’s EFM, Radius-TWC has acquired Danish coming-of-age werewolf romance, “When Animals Dream,” directed by first-timer Jonas Arnby.
Repped by French major Gaumont, the visually stunning genre pic was also acquired by Madman for Australia, Altitude Film for U.K., Prokino for Germany and Odeon for Grece during the EFM.
“Animals,” which Gaumont Intl.’s topper Cecile Gaget describes as a mix between “Let The Right One In” and “Carrie,” tells the tale of a werewolf hunted down in her fishing village, while also discovering love.
The Radius-TWC deal was negotiated by Gaget and Quinn.
“It’s extremely hard these days to find a groundbreaking genre film, but ‘When Animals Dream’ is that rare gem indeed. I haven’t been excited in Berlin since buying ‘Let the Right One In,’” said Tom Quinn, prexy of TWC-Radius.
“I’m so excited to see the ‘Wolf Pack’ back and be a part of it,” said Gaget, adding that she sold the U.S. remake rights to Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Pusher” to Radius-TWC shortly after its launch two years ago.
“Animals,” which stars Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter and Jakob Oftebro, is in post.
A former commercials director, Arnby is a leading light of the Nordic Twilight trend of character-driven, artsy genre films with tight budgets. While the film depicts the teenager’s transformation in an eerily realistic way, in line with Scandinavia’s film tradition, it also weaves in genre elements.
Copenhagen-based Alphaville Pictures produced the € 4 million ($5.5 million) pic with Paris-based film financier Back Up Films. It was backed by the Danish Film Institute.
Arnby was on hand earlier this month at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market to present a trailer. Nordisk will release in Scandinavia.