Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Rainer Sarnet's November, which is having its international premiere Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival. The distributor will release the fantasy-drama theatrically later this year.
Based on Andrus Kivirähk's novel Rehepapp, the film is set in 19th century Estonia and tells the story of a peasant girl Liina who longs for village boy Hans, who in turn is infatuated by a visiting German baroness. It combines elements of folktales that include spirits, werewolves, plagues, and the devil himself.
November was produced by Katrin Kissa from Homeless Bob Production (Estonia) and co-produced by Ellen Havenith from PRPL (The Netherlands) and Łukasz Dzięcioł from Opus Film (Poland).
In announcing the acquisition, Oscilloscope president Dan Berger said, "November is one of the most unique and stunning films to come along in some time. It's equal measures beautiful love story and balls-to-wall bonkers-ass folk tale. It keeps you rapt, guessing and intrigued from its first frame to its last."