Denmark's Trust Film Sales has picked up internationaldistribution rights to Norway's foreign-language Oscar hopeful, Hawaii,Oslo.
The magical-realist drama about a handful of people who cross each other'spath on the hottest day of the year is the second film in a planned trilogy bydirector Erik Poppe and screenwriter Harald Rosenloew Eeg. On its localNorwegian release Hawaii Oslo grossed $180,000 (NOK1.2m) and was warmlyreceived by the critics.
Trust was appointed international sales agent by producer Paradox Film on theeve of Mifed and some two weeks after it beat off 17 other films to thenomination. Trust's Annakarin Strom said: "We are thrilled not only to behandling another film which has every chance of making the Oscar shortlist, butalso because Hawaii Oslo fits so well with the other films we handle. Itis fun and dangerous and clever at the same time." Norway last secured anOscar nomination in 2001 with Petter Naess' Elling.
En route to Mifed, Trust also closed a couple more deals on its acclaimedSusanne Bier drama Brothers (Brodre). The film, which screened inToronto and scooped many of the top prizes in San Sebastian was sold to SodaPictures for the UK and to Look Now for Switzerland.
Earlier sales included IFC and Focus for the US, Solo Film (Germany), SwiftProductions (France), Seville Pictures (Canada), New World Films (Spain), ShaniFilms (Israel) and Teodora Film (Italy).