Film Movement has acquired North American rights to “Wildland,” Jeanette Nordahl’s debut feature starring Sidse Babett Knudsen (“Borgen”) as a mafia ringleader.

The gripping crime drama, which was part of the Berlinale 2020 selection, will next premiere at New York City’s Film Forum, followed by a wide theatrical release and roll out on all digital and home entertainment platforms.

The announcement was made by Michael Rosenberg, president of Film Movement, and Andrea dos Santos for Bac Films Distribution.

Set in the Danish countryside around an old industrialized farming town, “Wildland” follows a 17-year old girl, Ida, who moves in with her aunt and cousins after the tragic death of her mother in a car accident. The home is filled with love, but outside of the home, the family leads a violent and criminal life.

Produced by Snowglobe, the film was written by Ingeborg Topsoe, whose recent credits include Milad Alami’s “The Charmer.”

Knudsen stars in the film alongside Sandra Guldberg Kampp, Joachim Fjelstrup, Elliott Crosset Hove and Besir Zeciri.

“We loved Sidse Babett Knudsen in ‘Borgen’ and director Jeanette Nordahl, who worked with her in that show, has made brilliant use of Knudsen here,” said Rosenberg. “Like a Danish version of ‘Animal Kingdom,’ the film sports an incredible ensemble cast, assured cinematography and action galore, and is certain to keep North American audiences riveted to their seats.”

“Wildland”‘s key crew included David Gallego, the Colombian cinematographer of “I Am not a Witch” and Ciro Guerra’s Oscar-nominated “Embrace of the Serpent” and “Birds of Passage.” Other crew members included Emilie Boge Dresler, the costume designer of Lars von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built.”

On top of Wildland, Film Movement has also recently acquired Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy,” Alexandre Rockwell’s “Sweet Thing,” which won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale, and Joe Odagiri’s feature film debut “They Say Nothing Stays The Same.”