Karlovy Vary 2012 Crystal Globe winner The Almost Man picked up by new US distributor.

LevelK has inked a deal with Big World Pictures for Martin Lund’s 2012 Karlovy Vary Crystal Globe winning debut The Almost Man.

The drama will be the first theatrical release by newly formed Brooklyn-based distributor Big World Pictures, which is an expansion of short film distribution outfit The World According to Shorts, and is aiming to release three to four films per year.

Written and directed by Lund, the Norwegian drama centres on a 35-year-old man facing the birth of his first child. Henrik Rafaelsen (Happy, Happy) stars as Henrik, a portrayal that earned him the Award for Best Actor in Karlovy Vary.

Producers are Ruben Thorkildsen for Ape & Bjorn, with support from the Norwegian Film Institute and Shortcut Norway.

Big World’s Jonathan Howell said: “The Almost Man is one of the finest—and most enjoyable—films I’ve seen in the past year. We’re proud to have it leading the inaugural slate for Big World Pictures.”

The company plans to release in the autumn.