Cinema Guild Collects Its "Inheritance"; Company Gets U.S. Right To Danish Hit
by Brian Brooks
The Cinema Guild has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Danish director Per Fly's "The Inheritance," the company's co-chairs Philip Hobel and Mary-Ann Hobel announced yesterday. "The Inheritance" is the second film in Per Fly's trilogy illustrating three layers of Danish society, with the latest feature set in the confines of the most privileged in which Christoffer's (Ulrich Thomsen, "The Celebration") sedated life in Stockholm is interrupted following his father's suicide, forcing him to return to Denmark against his wife's (Lisa Werlinder) wishes, to assume control of the family's steel empire. Fly's first film in the series was "The Bench" (2000) and he will begin shooting the third installment of the trilogy (still untitled) this summer.
"The Inheritance" received accolades at home in Denmark, receiving six Danish Academy Awards including best picture, best director, and best actor (Thomsen) against competition from fellow Danish films "Dogville" by Lars von Trier and "Reconstruction" by Christoffer Boe. Additionally, the film was the highest grossing Danish film of the year.
Philip Hobel and Ryan Krivoshey, director of feature distribution for The Cinema Guild, negotiated the deal with Trust Film Sales CEO Annakarin Strom and Kasper Soager, manager of legal & business affairs.
"I was overwhelmed by the emotional impact of this film. It's portrayal of a young married couple, passionately in love, whose lives are torn apart by outside forces is riveting," commented Mary-Ann Hobel in a release. "The power of this film, and scope of the trilogy, attests to Mr. Fly's versatility and incredible talent."
The Cinema Guild's upcoming releases include Icelandic director Agust Gudmundsson's "The Seagull's Laughter." Other releases include Aviva Slesin's "Secret Lives," Robert Connolly's "The Bank," and Craig Monohan's "The Interview." "The Inheritance" will open in theaters this summer.