THINKFilm Acquires Scherfig’s “Wilbur”
by Eugene Hernandez
THINKFilm has acquired all North American rights to Danish director Lone Scherfig’s “Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself,” which premiered at the 2003 Berlinale. Scherfig’s English-language debut, to be released in theaters this fall after festival runs, was sold by Trust Film Sales.
Set in Scotland, the film is described by THINKFilm as story of a “sexy but self-destructive man (Jamie Sives) who is constantly being rescued from botched suicide attempts by his eternally optimistic brother (Adrian Rawlins).” Continuing, the description explained, “Both men begin to re-evaluate their reasons for living when they meet a lovely young woman (Shirley Henderson) who transforms their little family in wonderful and unexpected ways.”
Scherfig, known for her previous film “Italian For Beginners,” co-wrote the film with Anders Thomas Jensen (writer of “Mifune,” “The King Is Alive,” and “Open Hearts”). The film was produced by Sisse Graum Olsen and executive produced by Zentropa Entertainment principal Peter Aalbeck Jensen.
“‘Wilbur”s perfect balance of comedy, drama, and romance confirms Lone Scherfig’s status as a major international filmmaker,” said Mark Urman, THINKFilm’s head of U.S. distribution. “We truly look forward to working with her, Zentropa, and Trust on what is sure to be a commercial and critical success.”