IFC Films has acquired US rights to Ole Christian Madsen's Danish box office hit Flame & Citron ahead of its screening at the Telluride Film Festival and the official international premiere at Toronto.

The company will release the tale of second world war resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Denmark day-and-date in theatres and on VOD in 2009.

Mads Mikkelsen and Thure Lindhardt star in the story based on the real exploits of the Holger Danske group. The film opened in Denmark in March and grossed more than $9m.

'This is truly dazzling film-making that delivers enough twists and turns to keep even the sharpest viewer on the edge of their seats,' IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring said.

IFC's vice president of production and acquisitions Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Michael Weber from The Match Factory.