Daniel Joseph Borgman will start shooting his debut feature The Weight of Elephants in Southland, New Zealand in March.
Transmission has Australia/NZ rights and NZ Film is handling sales for the rest of the world.
It marks the first unofficial co-production between New Zealand and Denmark. Producers are Katja Adomeit for Zentropa (Denmark) and Leanne Saunders for Severe Features (NZ). Backers include the New Zealand Film Commission, the Danish Film Institute, Film i Väst with support from the Invercargill City Council, Invercargill Licensing Trust and Southern Institute of Technology.
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The film is adapted by Sonya Harnett’s Of A Boy, about a sensitive 9-year-old struggling with news of the disappearance of other children, who is intrigued by his new neighbours.
The cast will include Matthew Sunderland, Catherine Wilkin, Demos Murphy and Angelina Cottrell.
The script was selected for Cannes Cinefondation.
Borgman’s short Berik won the Cannes Critics Week prize in 2010.