Magazine article Screen International

Music Box Acquires US Rights to Cate Shortland's Lore

Magazine article Screen International

Music Box Acquires US Rights to Cate Shortland's Lore

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Memento handling international sales for drama set in Germany in the aftermath of World War Two. Picture will be ready for Cannes.

Music Box has acquired US rights to Australian director Cate Shortland's upcoming picture Lore, an adaptation of Rachel Seiffert's The Dark Room set against the backdrop of Germany immediately after World War Two.

The film revolves around Lore, a young girl left with the task of delivering herself and her four younger siblings to their grandmother on the other side of Germany after their Nazi parents are arrested by Allied Forces.

Along the way, she meets the charismatic and intriguing Thomas, a young Jewish refugee. She has to learn to trust a person she has long been taught is the enemy.

The deal was negotiated between Tanja Meissner of Paris-based sales company Memento Film International and Music Box Film's William Schopf, who acquired the picture on the back of first images presented at Berlin.

"We were intrigued when Memento first described this project to us, and became increasingly convinced after reading Rachel Seiffert's brilliant source novella, Cate Shortland and Robin Mukherjee's inspired screenplay and finally seeing Cate Shortland's striking footage, that Lore will be an important and memorable film," said Schofp. …

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