Mumbai-based distributor PictureWorks has picked up Indian rights to Lars von Trier’s Melancholia from Scandinavian sales agent TrustNordisk and plans to release it in major urban centre early next year.
Launched last year by Avinaash Jumani, the company buys world cinema titles for distribution in India and produces and sells Bollywood films.
At recent international markets, the company also acquired Tony Kaye’s Detachment starring Adrien Brody from Celluloid Dreams; My Week With Marilyn starring Michelle Williams from The Weinstein Company and Albert Nobbs starring Glenn Close from WestEnd Films.
Other recent acquisitions include The Drummer and I, Frankenstein, both starring Aaron Eckhart, One For The Money, Attack The Block and 3D animation Zambezia.
The company is also releasing French comedy Heartbreakers in India on Jan 13. It recently released include Spy Kids in August, The Whistleblower in October.
“Securing screens [for world cinema] is an uphill task and films are withdrawn quickly if they’re not doing well, but there is an audience for these kinds of films in India,” said Jumani, who has dubbed Heartbreakers into English for its India release.