Toronto-based distribution boutique D Films is entering the US market following its first acquisition of US rights.

The company has picked up rights from TrustNordisk to the World War II resistance story and Norwegian hit Max Manus, which it distributed in Canada.

Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg directed Max Manus, Norway’s official foreign language Oscar submission and tells of the Oslo Gang, the fearless resistance group that defied the Nazi occupation. Thomas Nordseth-Tiller wrote the screenplay.

D Films plans a limited theatrical release later this spring after president and CEO Jim Sherry brokered the deal with TrustNordisk head of sales Susan Wendt.

“We are proud to bring this film to a North American audience,” Sherry said. “We believe that entering the US theatrical market, albeit in a limited platform capacity, strengthens our position in the international market place and is consistent with our business plan.”

D FILMS recently signed an exclusive, multi-picture, DVD distribution deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Canada (SPHEC).