Bobby Boermans’s thriller about smartphone-addicted teens makes first sales to English-language territories.

High Point has sold rights to Dutch thriller App to Film Movement in North America. Momo Films has secured rights for Australia and New Zealand.

It marks the first time the film has sold to English-language territories. The North American sale follows the European Film Promotion Premieres NY Industry Screenings.

Since Cannes in May, High Point sold the film to Germany (ZDF), Japan (Nettai Museum), South Korea (Movement Pictures/Markers Entertainment) and China (Leomus Culture & Media).

App follows the story of psychology student Anna Rijnders (Hannah Hoekstra) who is addicted to her smartphone. Following an alcohol-fuelled party, she discovers the ‘IRIS app’ installed on her phone, which begins to distribute Anna’s photographs, videos and text messages, exposing her deepest secrets.

App is the second feature directed by Boerman, following his 2011 release Claustrofobia, which was also handled by High Point and distributed in the US by Seminal Films.

Julie Delaney, COO of High Point, said App’s latest sales are a “strong testament to this film’s continuing universal appeal”.