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French-German speaking countries adopt The Twin

15 JUNE 2021

The Twin / PHOTO: Don Films Marin Sild, Jones Lehtonen H

The English-language Finnish horror film by Taneli Mustonen is the first joint acquisition for the major groups Leonine Studios in Germany and Mediawan in France.

The deal which sees Leonine Studios scoop German-speaking territories and Mediawan French-speaking territories is the latest pre-sale secured by UK-based sales and production company Film Constellation.

Other distributors on board include AMC’s Shudder for North America, UK/Ireland, Australia/New Zealand, Nordisk Film for Scandinavia, Dutch Filmworks for Benelux; Nashe Kino for CIS; Falcon Films for MENA, Deepjoy Picture Corporation for Taiwan, PT Prima for Indonesia, Surama Filem for Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia and Brunei.

Produced by Aleksi Hyvärinen for Don Films, with support among others from Nordisk Film & TV Fond, The Twin is an elevated horror film, set in the aftermath of a tragic accident that claimed the life of a twin boy. His parents Rachel and Anthony decide to move to Scandinavia, in a quiet rural area with their surviving son, in the hope of building a new life.

What begins as a time of healing soon takes an ominous turn when Rachel begins to unravel the torturous truth about her son and confronts the malicious forces attempting to take hold of him.

In the title roles are Teresa Palmer (Lights Out, Warm Bodies), Steven Cree (A Discovery of Witches) and Barbara Marten (The Turning).

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French-German speaking countries adopt The Twin

The Twin left to right: Aleksi Hyvärine, Teresa Palmer, Steven Cree, Taneli Mustonen, front Tristan Ruggeri / PHOTO: Heikki Leis

The film just wrapped shooting in Estonia and Finland. First footage will be shown to film professionals at the upcoming genre-focused Frontières Platform at the Marché du Film in Cannes (July 10-11).

The Twin first attracted international attention last September at the Finnish Film Affair industry platform in Helsinki when it scooped the Best Fiction Project Award.

Mustonen and Hyvärinen’s earlier slasher Lake Bodom was developed with support from Nordisk Film & TV Fond’s former Nordic Genre Boost scheme.

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