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American release and remake for The Ardennes


New York-based distributor Film Movement plans to release Robin Pront’s debut feature The Ardennes in the US. In addition, American production company The Firm has acquired the remake rights to the Flemish noir thriller, while Korea is also showing interest in a remake.

Pront’s Toronto Film Festival entry drew the attention of Robbie Brenner, partner and president of Los Angeles-based production company The Firm, which picked up the remake rights for this violent drama about sibling betrayal. Brenner’s producing credits include much-acclaimed films such as the Oscar-winning drama Dallas Buyers Club and Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace.

In addition, The Ardennes will also receive a US theatrical run from New York-based indie distributor Film Movement, which has previously released such titles as 1,000 Times Good Night, Breathe, Broken and Sahim Omar Kalifa’s short film Land of the Heroes.

Later this month, Pront will present The Ardennes at the European Film Festival of Les Arcs in France, where the film is in competition. Diaphana Distribution has planned its French release for March 2016, while the film has also been sold to other territories including Italy, the UK, Sweden, Poland and the Netherlands. Attraction Distribution handles international sales.

Bart Van Langendonck produced The Ardennes for Savage Film (Bullhead, The Land of the Enlightened). The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.