By Fredrik Dupont



TrustNordisk is thrilled to announce that French distributer First International Production has picked up the rights for Vibeke Idsøe´s THE LION WOMAN during Cannes International Film Festival. 


The deal was negotiated between Patrick Zylberman, President at First International Production and Sales Manager, Nicolai Korsgaard from TrustNordisk. 


“We are very excited about bringing The Lion Woman to France. It´s a remarkable drama depicting an extraordinary life combining the timeless topics of acceptance and redemption. And since David Lynch's The Elephant Man, the freak show phenomenon has always been a fascinating and universally appealing story to adapt on film” says Patrick Zylberman.


The film has further been sold to Chinese distributer DD Dream International Media.


Previous sales include Benelux (September Film), South America (California Filmes), former Yugoslavia (Cinemania Group), Turkey (Sinema TV Yay. VE PROD), Czech Republic (Fenix Distribution), Estonia (Estin Film) and Hong Kong (EDKO Films Ltd.).


The film is based on the internationally acclaimed book by Norwegian author Erik Fosnes Hansen and stars Connie Nielsen (GLADIATOR, 2010; NYMPHOMANIAC: VOL I, 2013; THE FOLLOWING, 2014) and Rolf Lassgård (WALLANDER, 1995-2007; AFTER THE WEDDING, 2006; A MAN CALLED OVE, 2015) among others.


THE LION WOMAN is set in the years between 1912-1937 and tells the epic and beautiful story of Eva who is born with hair covering her body. Despite the many challenges she is faced with, due to her appearance, she manages to shape and live an extraordinary life.


THE LION WOMAN is produced by John M. Jacobsen, Reza Bahar and Marcus B. Brodersen for Filmkameratene AS and Gifted Films West GmbH in co-production with Tre Vänner, MMC Movies and The Post Republic with support from The Norwegian Film Institute, The Swedish Film Institute, The Nordic Film and TV fund, Film und Medienstiftung NRW, The German Federal Film Board,  Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfunds and Eurimages.


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