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July 10, 2012 2:06 PM
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The Film Arcade Grabs U.S. Rights to Swedish Drama 'Simon and the Oaks'

Newbie specialty distributor The Film Arcade has acquired its second film, Lisa Ohlin’s “Simon and the Oaks.” The company picked up all U.S. rights to the Swedish drama and has an October 12 release scheduled for New York and L.A.

Ambush Entertainment producers Miranda Bailey and Matthew Leutwyler launched Film Arcade with former Might Entertainment execs Andy Bohn and Jason Beck during the Sundance Film Festival in January. Along with Lionsgate, Film Arcade acquired the 2012 Sundance documentary “The Other Dream Team,” also scheduled for a fall opening.

Based on the Marianne Fredriksson novel, “Oaks” tells the story of a gifted boy coming of age in Sweden during the Second World War. Bill Skarsgard, Helen Sjoholm and Jan Josef Liefers star.

“Lisa Ohlin has crafted a poignant coming-of-age story about hope and survival during the darkest hours of the 20th century,” said Film Arcade execs. “We believe U.S. audiences will respond with the same incredible enthusiasm as international ones have and we are thrilled to bring this critically acclaimed film to theaters across the country.”

Peter Torkelsson of NonStop Sales handled the deal for the filmmakers.

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