US sales and distribution company Princ Films has acquired world sales rights on Danish filmmaker Marie Grahtø’s feature debutPsychosia ahead of its official premiere in Venice Critics’ Week on Wednesday (Sept 4).
The psychological drama stars Lisa Carlehed as an uptight researcher specialised in the field of suicide, opposite Victoria Carmen Sonne as a suicidal psychiatric patient she is treating. The pair form a strong bond but as they get closer it becomes clear that something is not as it seems.
The film was produced by Amalie Lyngbo Quist and Julie Friis Walenciak of Copenhagen-based Beo Starling, along with executive producer Peter Hyldahl, with support from Nordisk Film TV Fund, New Danish Screen DFI, Creative Europe, Finnish Film Foundation, and YLE.
Princ Films president Igor Princ said Grahtø – whose last short Teenland travelled to a number of festivals including SXSW – was a talent the company had been watching for a while.
“Psychosia is such a wild visual feast reminiscent of 1970s psychological thrillers,” said Princ.
Following its Venice premiere, the film will travel to Busan in October, the Seville European Film Festival November, and Göteborg in early 2020.
Psychosia was also selected for Cinemart, Torino Film Lab’s Script & Pitch Programme, and Cannes Atelier.
The deal was negotiated by Princ and Judd Taylor, head of acquisitions at Princ Films with producer Quist.
Princ and Princ Films VP of sales Ralitsa Trifonova will start introducing the film to buyers at TIFF.
Other titles on the Princ Films TIFF slate include includes Van Ditthavong’s crime thriller Sleeping In Plastic, starring Alex MacNicoll and Addison Timlin; Simon Fink’s war drama Where We Disappear, starring Georgina Haig and Katherine Isabelle, and Jackson F. Wade’s western drama Breaker, featuring newcomer Chantz Marcus and Peter O’ Brien in the cast.