Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights from HNFF World Sales to Milorad Krstic’s Locarno and Sarajevo entry Ruben Brandt, Collector.
SPC plans a 2019 release and year-end qualifying run on the English-language animation from Hungary.
The film centres on the eponymous celebrated psychotherapist, forced to steal 13 paintings from renowned museums and private collections to prevent his suffering from terrible nightmares he has as a result of subliminal messaging he received as a child.
Accompanied by his four patients, Brandt and his band of thieves strike regularly and with great success, infiltrating the Louvre, Tate, Uffizi, Hermitage, MoMA, among others.
As the price for his capture reaches $100m and gangasters join the chase, a cartel of insurance companies hires a private detective and art expert is hired by to track him down.
Péter Miskolczi, Radmila Roczkov. Hermina Roczkov and Janos Kurdy-Feher served as producers on Ruben Brandt, Collector, and the Hungarian National Film Fund and the Hungarian Film Incentive financed the feature.
Krstic’s earlier short film My Baby Left Me was awarded the Golden Berlin Bear for best short film at the Berlin Film Festival and the Award for a First Film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.