The action drama by Fenar Ahmad has been picked up by Studiocanal for the UK and Gaga for Japan.

Other sales to China (DD Dream) and Turkey (Euumedia) were closed by TrustNordisk after the presentation of their sales promo at the American Film Market in Los Angeles, and several other deals are in negotiation. 

“We are thrilled to have Studiocanal and Gaga on board for Darkland and look very much forward to working with them on the film,” said Susan Wendt, TrustNordisk Head of Sales.

Rising talent Fenar Ahmad graduated from Copenhagen’s Super 16 film school in 2010. His short film Megaheavy was selected for Berlin’s Generation section and won a Robert award for Best Short Film. His debut feature Flow (2014) opened CPHPIX and screened at the London Film Festival. 

Darkland stars Dar Salim (Borgen, Game of Thrones), Stine Fischer Christensen (After the Wedding), Roland Møller (Land of Mine) and Dulfi Al-Jabouri (A War). 

It’s the story of a successful surgeon who embarks on a mission to avenge his little brother, victim of a gang-related assault. But his battle has serious consequences for himself and his family. “The film is a critique of violence through violence,” said the director.

The film is produced by Jacob Jarek (Profile Pictures) in collaboration with DR and Scanbox Entertainment, with support from the Danish Film Institute. Scanbox handles Scandinavian distribution.