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Updated: Magnolia Scoops up Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia" in Berlin Pre-Buy

Lars von Trier chatting with indieWIRE via Skype. Photo by indieWIRE

Magnolia Pictures has pre-bought North American rights to Lars Von Trier's latest, "Melancholia." The film was acquired at the Berlinale in a seven-figure deal with Trust Nordisk. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgard, Stellan Skarsgard and Udo Kier, the film will be completed later this Spring.

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP Tom Quinn and VP of Acquisitions Dori Begley with Peter Aalbaek Jensen, and Susan Wendt of Trust Nordisk.

In the film, Dunst and Gainsbourg play sisters whose lives are drifting apart as the universe spectacularly unravels in what Von Trier describes as "a beautiful movie about the end of the world."

"'Melancholia' has to do with some planets colliding with Earth, which is of course maybe not a happy ending, but an ending," Von Trier told indieWIRE in 2009 during an interview about his previous film, "Antichrist," hinting about his upcoming project.

"As the 2012 apocalypse is upon us, it is time to prepare for a cinematic last supper: Lars Von Trier's awe-inspiring 'Melancholia,'" said Tom Quinn, SVP of Magnolia in a statement. "It is with great excitement that we embark on this journey with our newly adopted Danish family, the legendary Peter Aalbaek Jensen and the incredible Trust Nordisk team. It's a dream come true for all of us at Magnolia, and as we head into our company's second decade, I hope this is just the first collaboration of many with the one-and-only Lars Von Trier."

[Editor's Note: Additional "Melancholia" description was added after this article was originally published Sunday morning.]

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