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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Keeper Of Lost Causes’ Tops Danish Box Office; ‘Victor Young Perez’ Wins Bout For U.S.; More

‘Keeper Of Lost Causes’ Is No. 1 In Denmark
Now in release for seven weeks, The Keeper Of Lost Causes keeps on climbing. The Danish film directed by Mikkel Nørgaard has become the No. 1 film of the year in Denmark with approximately $10M at the box office. It overtook Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, Denmark’s Oscar entry, to land the top spot this week. This is a strong year for Danish movies with The Hunt having previously held the No. 1 position since January, and with local heist comedy All For Two and family film My African Adventure also outperforming Hollywood fare on the 2013 chart. Lost Causes is the first installment in Zentropa’s Department Q franchise that’s based on the best-sellling books by Jussi Adler-Olsen. It was penned by A Royal Affair‘s Nikolaj Arcel and focuses on chief detective Carl Mørck, who’s banished to a basement office to run a cold case division. Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Angels & Demons) and Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty) star. TrustNordisk has sold the film around the world, and has U.S. buyers circling.

‘Victor Young Perez’ Sells To U.S.
Picture Tree International has sold U.S. rights on boxing movie Victor Young Perez to Florida-based Synkronized. The film will be released theatrically by Synkronized’s distribution partner, Millennium. It’s based on the true story of the French-Arab boxer who was deported to Auschwitz in 1943 and forced to fight for the entertainment of the Nazis. Brahim Asloum stars in Jacques Ouaniche’s movie that opened in France on Wednesday. It has also sold in Latin America, South Korea, CIS and the Baltics. Picture Tree also closed deals on Mary Queen Of Scots with Australia’s Curious Film taking Oz and New Zealand rights, and Caravella DDC/Carmen Group taking the CIS countries. The film screened at AFI Fest earlier this month. Negotiations are underway on a U.S. deal. Read More »

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‘The Keeper Of Lost Causes’ Rolling In Dough At Danish Box Office: Video

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 9:06am PDT

Local movies are booming in Denmark this year, accounting for more than 30% of the market and outperforming Hollywood fare like Iron Man 3, Fast & Furious 6 and Despicable Me 2. The top film of the year so far is Thomas Vinterberg’s Foreign Language Oscar entry The Hunt. The Mads Mikkelsen-starrer has taken about $8M since its release in January. Other successes include Rasmus Heide’s heist comedy All For Two and family film My African Adventure. Jumping to No. 2 for the year this week is Mikkel Nørgaard‘s The Keeper Of Lost Causes (Kvinden I Buret). The film debuted on October 3rd and has now taken in about $7.7M. If it continues apace, it is expected to overtake The Hunt as the year’s top grosser. Zentropa produced Keeper Of Lost Causes, the first installment in its Department Q franchise that’s based on the best-sellling books by Jussi Adler-Olsen. It’s the first in a series of films that have been penned by A Royal Affair‘s Nikolaj Arcel. They focus on chief detective Carl Mørck who’s banished to a basement office to run a cold case division. Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Angels & Demons) and Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty) star. The first installment settles on the case of a well-known female politician who vanished five years ago from a passenger ferry. The only witness is her brain-damaged brother who was found … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Multiple Deals For Nicolas Cage Drama ‘Joe’; Vodafone OKd For $10.2B Kabel Deutschland Buyout; More

WestEnd Films Seals Multiple Deals For Nicolas Cage Drama ‘Joe’
International sales company WestEnd Films has closed a raft of deals on David Gordon Green’s drama Joe, starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan. The film debuted in Venice, where Sheridan won the best newcomer prize. The Worldview Entertainment-produced and -financed film then appeared in Toronto, where deals were sealed with Japan (CCC), Australia (Madman), Benelux (Cinéart) and Scandinavia (Non Stop). Artificial Eye picked it up in the UK, and the film had previously sold to 15 territories include France (Wild Side), Germany (Koch Media), Latin America (Swen), China (Media Asia), Israel (United King), and Greece (Spentzos Films). CAA is repping the North America rights, with Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions and Magnolia Pictures being the front-runners as of Friday.

Vodafone Set To Acquire Germany’s Kabel Deutschland For $10.2B
Shareholders of Kabel Deutschland — Germany’s largest cable company — voted Friday to accept Vodafone’s buyout offer of €87 ($115.70) a share, which includes a €2.50 dividend payment. Vodafone, Germany’s top mobile network with 32 million subscribers, said the required 75% minimum of Kabel investors had been met. The deal, which gives Vodafone 7.6 million cable subs, continues its strategy of offsetting declining revenue by selling mobile phone subscriptions alongside TV, landline and broadband services. Reuters reported Friday that three hedge funds that tendered shares enabling Vodafone’s successful Kabel bid plan to sue for a better price for their outstanding holdings.

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Danish Teaser: ‘The Keeper Of Lost Causes’

Zentropa Productions just released an atmospheric teaser for The Keeper Of Lost Causes, the first installment in its Department Q franchise. Based on the books by Jussi Adler-Olsen, the Danish-language films focus on a chief detective who’s banished to a basement office to run a cold case division. A Royal Affair director Nikolaj Arcel adapted the books for the trilogy. Mikkel Nørgaard (Klown), who just signed with WME in Cannes, is director. Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Angels & Demons), Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty), Sonja Richter (The Homesman) and A Royal Affair‘s Mikkel Boe Folsgaard star. An October 3 release is set for Scandinavia with the pic likely to turn up on the fall festival circuit. Sales outfit TrustNordisk inked several deals off of a promo reel in Berlin and last month screened a rough cut for buyers in Cannes. Nørgaard directs the second picture in the series, The Absent One, in September:

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