Magnolia Pictures set to pick up new Nordic films

American film distribution company Magnolia Pictures has picked up two new Nordic films: The Square by Ruben Ostlund and The Commune by Thomas Vinterberg.

The Square is set in the art world and follows a museum manager in charge of an exhibition space where an artist places a new installation meant to promote altruism. The manager hires a ruthless PR film to promote the new exhibition, but the publicity gets out of hand and causes public uproar. The film is due for release in April 2017 and stars Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West and Claes Bang.

The deal for The Commune was negotiated by TrustNordisk at the Toronto International Film Festival where the film screened as a Special Presentation. The film has already been licensed to 57 territories and Trine Dyrholm won a Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival.

Magnolia Pictures is a fan of Nordic films, previously picking up In Order of Disappearance, A War and The Wave.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.