Music Box Films has acquired the Brussels-based film The Brand New Testament, a black comedy directed by Jaco Van Dormael that reimagines God as a total jerk living in Brussels and the daughter intent on saving humanity from him. The distributor is planning a fall release for the film which was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film this past year and also premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. The film was produced by Daniel Marquet.
“For American audiences unfamiliar with Jaco Van Dormael’s singular vision, they are in for a unique treat,” said Ed Arentz, Managing Director at Music Box Films. “(It) has been a hit in every territory it has opened so far and we’re eager to work towards that end in the U.S.”
The deal was negotiated between Music Box Films’ President William Schopf and Camille Neel, Head of International Sales at Le Pacte.
The acquisition follows other recent ones made by Music Box, including Seasons (from the filmmakers behind Winged Migration and Oceans); the Swedish adaptation of the best-selling novel A Man Called Ove as well as Anne Fontaine’s The Innocents and Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (out of Sundance).