Finnish shingle the Yellow Affair has acquired international sales to Agnieszka Lukasiak’s ‘Deliver Us From Evil,” one of the 17 projects pitched at Haugesund’s New Nordic Films’ co-production showcase.
Based on true events that took place in a Texas high school in 2003, “Deliver Us From Evil” unfolds in Sweden and centers on a history teacher, Adam, who takes his students on an island to work on an interactive World War II-themed project which has half of the class playing Germans, the other half Jews. But the experiment, initially aimed at teaching kids empathy and giving them a greater understanding of history, turns into a nightmare when students start taking it too far.
“It’s a very unique, compelling, entertaining story about a social experiment that shows the deeper, and sometimes devastating, characteristics of human behavior. It has social relevance everywhere, and should have a broad appeal,” said Chris Howard, sales and marketing manager at the Yellow Affair.
Peter Kropenin is producing for Hob Ab, whose notable credits include Reza Bagher’s Guldbagge-nominated “Wings of Glass.” Lukaziak’s feature debut “Between Two Fires” was nominated at Warsaw. Her documentary “Algeria: The Nameless War” competed at IDFA.
The 1.5 million Euros pic has already secured 20% of the financing from Zed Films, Brandstorm Entertainment, Neseser Productions, Filmpool Nord and Kustateljen Filmstudio. Kropenin is looking for a U.K. and Norwegian co-producers.
Shooting is scheduled to kick off next Spring.
The Yellow Affair will present “Girls Lost,” Therese Keining’s follow-up to “Kiss Me,” in Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema section.