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The Orchard Lands Joachim Trier’s Supernatural Thriller “Thelma”

Apr 20, 2017

Los Angeles, CA – April 20, 2017 – The Orchard has acquired all North American rights to Joachim Trier’s supernatural thriller Thelma. The film was written by Trier and Eskil Vogt and stars Eili Harboe, Okay Kaya, Ellen Dorrit Petersen and Henrik Rafaelsen. The producer is Thomas Robsahm and executive producers are Trier, Vogt and Sigve Endresen of Motlys. Co-producers are Le Pacte (France), Snowglobe and Copenhagen Film Fund (Denmark), Film i Väst, Filmpool Nord and B-Reel (Sweden). The film is financed with support from The Norwegian Film Institute, The Danish Film Institute, The Swedish Film Institute. Nordic Film & TV Fund, Eurimages and Creative Europe. World sales by Memento Films International.

The Orchard, who previously teamed with Trier on his film Louder Than Bombs, plans a theatrical release for the Norwegian-language film.

Thelma is a romantic supernatural thriller about a young woman who falls in love and discovers that she has terrifying and inexplicable powers.

“Working with Joachim on Louder Than Bombs was a wonderful experience and gave us the opportunity to witness, up close, his unmatched visionary talent and passion for the stories he tells,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s EVP Film and Television. “Thelma represents the next evolution of his growth as a filmmaker and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of that journey.”

Producer Thomas Robsahm said: “We are happy to work with The Orchard again and we are excited about reaching out to audiences in the US again with Triers’ new film. This is a new direction for him, aiming at a younger audience with genre elements. It´s been a pleasant process including lots of SFX and VFX, which is quite new to us both, even though we did get a taste of it on Louder Than Bombs.”

The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo, Vice President of Acquisitions for The Orchard, with Emilie Georges, President of Memento Films International, and Mathieu Delaunay on behalf of the filmmakers.


The Orchard, celebrating 20 years in business, is a pioneering independent film, TV and music distribution company that operates in over 25 global markets. The company, founded as a music distributor in 1997, is a groundbreaking leader in the film and television distribution space, known for its innovative technology that provides filmmakers with up-to-the minute trending data and analytics on their projects. Upcoming film releases include Oren Moverman’s The Dinner, Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, The Hero, Trophy and Super Dark Times. The company’s film division has enjoyed such recent successes as the Academy Award-nominated documentaries Cartel Land and Life, Animated; Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers, Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay and Antonio Campos’ Christine. The company is currently in theaters with Pablo Larrain’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated Neruda. For more information on The Orchard, please visit