Victor Kossakovsky (left) with Gunda producer Anita Rehoff Larsen (right)
Neon has acquired North American rights to Gunda, directed by Russian auteur Victor Kossakovsky.
The film world-premiered In Encounters section of Berlinale 2020. The deal follows hot on the heels of Neon’s acquisition of worldwide rights for another hit Norwegian hit, The Painter and the Thief which recently won the Grand Jury Prize of Sundance World Cinema Documentary Competition. Philippa Kowarsky of Cinephil is handling worldwide sales.
“In Gunda, Kossakovsky reminds us that we share our planet with billions of other animals,” according to a statement. “Through encounters with a mother sow (the eponymous Gunda), two ingenious cows, and a scene-stealing, one-legged chicken, Kossakovsky movingly recalibrates our moral universe, reminding us of the inherent value of life and the mystery of all animal consciousness, including our own.”
Jeff Deutchman negotiated the deal for Neon along with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.
Anita Rehoff Larsen produced Gunda for Norwegian production company Sant & Usant, in co-production with Louverture Films.
Joslyn Barnes and Susan Rockefeller co-produced, with Tone Grøttjord-Glenne and 2020 Oscar-winner Phoenix executive producing.