Danish major, Nordisk Film, has added 130 Danish titles to its library, purchasing the back catalogue of Sandrew Metronome Denmark, the Danish arm of the Norwegian-owned distributor which is going out of business.
The Annelise Reenberg’s The Baroness from the Gas Station (Baronessen fra benzintanken/1969), Frøken Nitouche (1963) and the My Sister’s Children franchise (Min søsters børn/1966-1971), Morten Arnfred-Henning Kristiansen’s Me and Charly (Mig og Charly/1978), Søren Kragh-Jacobsen’s The Boys from St Petri (Drengene fra Sankt Petri/1991) [pictured], and Susanne Bier’s The One and Only (Den eneste ene/1999).
In March 2010, Norway’s largest media concern, Schibsted, announced it would not continue as a long term owner of pan-Scandinavian distributor, Sandrew Metronome, ”as it is not part of the core activities of the group.” In December it cancelled its contract to release Warner Bros product in the four Nordic countries, at the same time declaring it would close down theatrical distribution in Denmark.
”We look forward to include these features in our catalogue – they complement our stock of 3,000 Scandinavian titles, which we distribute mainly for television and digital media,” said managing director Nordisk Film Distribution, Kenneth Wiborg. ”With the acquisition follows the obligation to preserve the productions, an expertise we have developed in recent years when we have restored a great deal of our films.”