Picturehouse Acquires U.K. Rights for Maria Sødahl’s ‘Hope’

Picturehouse Entertainment has acquired U.K.

rights from TrustNordisk for Maria Sødahl’s “Hope,” which stars Stellan Skarsgård and Andrea Bræin Hovig, and will have its European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival this month.Based on the director’s own experiences after being diagnosed with brain cancer, “Hope” explores the relationship between artists and partners Tomas (Skarsgård) and Anja (Hovig), which is put to the test after Anja gets a life-threatening diagnosis.

The film world premiered in the Discovery program of the Toronto Film Festival and will screen in the Panorama section of the Berlinale.Sødahl took a long break from filmmaking after her diagnosis nearly a decade ago.

Her first feature, “Limbo,” premiered to wide acclaim in 2010, earning her a share of best director honors at the Montreal Intl.

Film Festival and nabbing 10 nominations at the Amanda Awards, Norway’s top film prize.Speaking to Variety ahead of

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