Source: Courtesy Magnolia Pictures


Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights from Charades to Danish police thriller and Venice Critics Week selection Shorta.

Anders Ølhom and Frederik Louis Hviid directed the film about two police officers on patrol who find themselves trapped in a maze of buildings after the death in custody of an Arab teen sparks unrest.

The film also played at TIFF Industry Selects and was selected for Zurich’s feature competition.

Magnolia plans to release the film next year. Last week Screen revealed Vertigo Releasing had acquired UK and Ireland rights.

Charades has also closed deals for Australia and New Zealand (Rialto), Japan (Fine Films), South Korea (NK Contents), France (Program Store), Germany and Switzerland (Koch Media), Spain (Caramel), Italy (Blue Swan), Greece (One From The Heart), Poland (Canal + Poland), Hungary (ADS), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Film Europe), Baltics and CIS (World Pictures), Latin America (Synapse), and India (Big Tree).

Shorta recently opened earlier this month in Scandinavian cinemas and produced more than 30,000 admissions over the first weekend.

Signe Leike Jensen and Morten Kaufmann of Toolbox Film produced the film.

Magnolia EVP Dori Begley and Magnolia SVP of acquisitions John Von Thaden brokered the deal with Carole Baraton at Charades on behalf of the filmmakers.