US independent distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Danish thriller Terribly Happy (Frygtelig Lykkelig).

The film, directed by Henrik Ruben Genz, tells the story of a Copenhagen police officer who is transferred to a provincial town following a breakdown. Once there, he meets bizarre locals, including a married femme fatale.

The film premiered at Karlovy Vary in 2008 (where it won the Grand Prix) and it went on to win seven Danish Robert Awards.

Oscilloscope plans a theatrical release followed by a DVD and digital release.

Adam Yauch, head of Oscilloscope Laboratories said: “I love this film. It is just further proof that Danish people are clearly out of their minds.”

The deal was negotiated by Susan Wendt for TrustNordisk on behalf of the filmmakers and David Fenkel for Oscilloscope.

This marks Oscilloscope’s 18th acquisition since its founding in 2008. The company recently announced that it would do business as usual despite founder Adam Yauch announcing that he is being treated for cancer.

Other upcoming Oscilloscope releases include No Impact Man, The Messenger, and Michel Gondry’s The Thorn In The Heart.