Germany’s Global Screen has sold the North American rights on Finnish filmmaker Klaus Härö’s English-language debut and Toronto International Film Festival premiere My Sailor, My Love to Music Box Films.
It stars James Cosmo, Bríd Brennan and Catherine Walkera, and follows a retired sailor and widower who falls in love with his home help. His adult daughter disapproves and feels she is losing the father she never had.
My Sailor, My Love has just been released in the UK and Ireland by Signature and will be released on April 20 in Australia and New Zealand (Kismet). Other deals previously announced by Global Screen are for Spain (Twelve Oaks) and South Korea (Atrium).
It won best Irish film at the Dublin International Film Festival earlier this month and was number one at the Finnish box office for two weeks last year, released through Nordisk Film.
Kai Nordberg and Kaarle Aho for Making Movies Oy (Finland) and David Collins for Samson Films (Ireland) produced the TIFF Contemporary World Cinema selection, which received support from the WRAP Fund for the West of Ireland, the Finnish Film Foundation and Fís Éireann Screen Ireland.
Cloé Garbay and Bastien Sirodot for Umedia (Belgium) served as executive producers on My Sailor, My Love, which received support from WRAP Fund West-Ireland, Finnish Film Foundation and Fís Éireann Screen Ireland.
Julia Weber, head of international sales and acquisitions at Global Screen, said: “Klaus Härö has shown lots of respect and love in the way he has brought this excellent ensemble of actors and the breathtaking Irish landscape to the big screen and, in so doing, attracted the Best Ager audience back to the cinemas. We are very proud to have found a distributor in Music Box Films who will use this opportunity to the full.”
“We are very pleased to be working again with Klaus Härö and the team at Making Movies Oy,” says Brian Andreotti of Music Box Films. “In his newest film, Klaus has created an emotionally complex and honest film about love, family, and the repercussions of the past. After the film won the Audience Choice Award at our hometown Chicago International Film Festival, we knew we had to share it with audiences throughout North America.”
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