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The Orchard Picks Up Whirlwind Love Story “Meet Me in Montenegro”

Oct 29, 2014


Following its world premiere at TIFF, Meet Me in Montenegro will be available to US and Canadian audiences in 2015

New York, NY – October 29, 2014 – Film & TV distributor The Orchard has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to Meet Me in Montenegro, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie, screened to sold-out audiences at the festival, is both co-directed by and starring Alex Holdridge (2009 Independent Spirit Award Winner In Search of a Midnight Kiss) and Linnea Saasen, with supporting performances from Rupert Friend (Homeland, Hitman: Agent 47) and Jennifer Ulrich (We Are the Night).

“Linnea and I are both thrilled to be working with The Orchard,” says Holdridge. “We truly couldn’t have dreamed up a better group of creative, passionate and ambitious partners. To us their infusion of creative energy is the shot of adrenaline the U.S. film distribution world has been awaiting for a long time. It is the most exciting company in film distribution right now — bar none. We feel very lucky to be part of what they are launching this year.”

Art imitates life in Meet Me in Montenegro, as it is closely tied to Holdridge and Saasen’s real-life relationship. The film centers around L.A.-based writer-filmmaker Anderson (Holdridge) and Norwegian dancer Lina (Saasen), who shared a brief whirlwind romance which took them from Berlin to Montenegro, where Lina vanished – leaving only a note. Years later, a chance encounter reignites their mutual attraction, but their romantic future is ultimately in the hands of fate.

“From the minute we saw Alex and Linnea’s film in Toronto, we were taken by the charm and wit of Meet Me in Montenegro,” said The Orchard’s SVP of Film & TV, Paul Davidson.  “And while the themes of love, relationships and commitment are universal, we loved that the personality of the film is unique unto itself.”

The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo of The Orchard and Cinetic Media. The film is slated for a 2015 theatrical release.

Still from "Meet Me in Montenegro"

Still from “Meet Me in Montenegro” – Good Viking Productions, 2014
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