GOTEBORG, Sweden– Paris-based Indie Sales has acquired international sales to Johannes Nyholm’s feature debut “The Giant” which is presented at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market in the work-in-progress showcase.

“The Giant” turns on Rikard, a 30-year old severely deformed man suffering from autism who is haunted by the loss of his mother from whom he was separated at birth. Escaping into an imaginary world where he is a 50-meter tall giant, Rikard sets off to win a petanque tournament, convinced that his mother will take him back.

Produced by Leading shingle Swedish Garage Film, “The Giant” marks the anticipated debut feature of Nyholm, whose last short “Las Palmas” (pictured above) opened at Sundance and played at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight. His previous two shorts “Puppet Boy” and “Dreams from the Woods” also played at Directors Fortnight.

Indie Sales’ topper Nicolas Eschbach said he was drawn to the project at script stage. “We looked at Nyholm’s previous work and noticed that he really has a singular universe full of fantasy and originality, and we were deeply moved by the story of ‘The Giant,'” said Eschbach, adding that the film shares similarities with “Elephant Man.”

“The Giant”toplines Christian Andren, Johan Kylen (“Millenium”) and Anna Bjelkerud (“Hotell”).

Other Scandi pics on Indie Sales’ lineup include Abbasi’s feature debut, “Shelley,” a psychological chiller produced by Profile Pictures which is is world premiering at Berlin’s Panorama.

Set in isolated villa in the middle of the forest, “Shelley” stars Cosmina Stratan (“Beyond the Hills”) as a Romanian maid who accepts to be a surrogate mother for the child of a Danish couple played by Ellen Dorrit Petersen (“Blind”) and Peter Christoffersen(“The Bridge”).

“The Giant” is one of the 17 pics-in-post set to be presented at the Nordic Film Market, the four-day confab kicking off on Feb. 4 in Goteborg.