Palm Pictures Takes Cannes Winner "Reconstruction" for Spring 2004 Release
by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
Palm Pictures has acquired U.S. and Caribbean rights to Danish director Christopher Boe's Cannes Camera d'Or-winning film, "Reconstruction," the New York-based distributor announced yesterday. The film, which also took the Label Regards Jeunes (Youth Prize) at Cannes 2003, takes place over 24 hours and is described in a Palm release as Kafkaesque. Following a one-night stand, a man returns home to find a door missing while all his friends and family claim never to have seen him before. Scandinavian actors Nikolaj Lie Kaas ("The Idiots," "Open Hearts") and Marie Bonnevie ("I am Dina") star in the film which will have a theatrical release next spring, followed by a DVD release in the autumn of 2004.
Head of acquisitions and production David Koh and Ryan Werner, head of theatrical distribution negotiated the deal for Palm Pictures with Sanne Arlo, sales representative at Nordisk Film International Sales.
"'Reconstruction' was the most exciting film that we saw at this year's Cannes Film Festival," said Koh and Werner in a joint statement. "It's a profoundly beautiful meditation on the nature of love and the cinema made with complete assurance by a knock-out of a talent, Christopher Boe, who has a long career ahead of him."
Palm Pictures, founded by entertainment mogul Chris Blackwell in 1998, currently has a number of films in release including the Pang brothers' thriller, "The Eye," artist-director Matthew Barney's "Cremaster Cycle," and Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur's dark comedy "The Sea." Upcoming releases are Claude Berri's "The Housekeeper," Claude Chabrol's "Flower of Evil," Dagur Kari's "Noi Albinoi," John Walters' "How to Draw a Bunny," Olivier Assayas' "demonlover," Tian Zhuangzhuang's "Springtime in a Small Town," and Helen Stickler's "Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator."