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Content boards The Surprise

Content Film has come on to sell worldwide rights excluding Holland, Belgium, the former Dutch Colonies, Luxembourg and Germany to Oscar winner Mike van Diem’s upcoming Dutch rom-com The Surprise.

Els Vandevorst is producing with Hans de Weers in co-production with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor, Nino Lombardo, Macdara Kellerher and Michael Eckert.

The Surprise centres on a man who is tired of life and has to extricate himself from a contract with a firm that assists in staged suicides after he meets a young woman.

“Mike van Diem is a huge talent with a distinct voice, and it’s wonderful to be working with him on such a unique and charming film,” said Content Film president Jamie Carmichael. “The Surprise is a beautiful and complex story that is at once romantic, melancholic and very funny.”

Van Diem won the best foreign language Oscar for Karakter in 1998.

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