A24 has landed deals across Europe and Japan for Jonathan Glazer’s invigorating, critically acclaimed Holocaust drama The interest zone.
Distributors across Europe have joined in the drama, an adaptation of a novel by the late British writer Martin Amis, which follows Auschwitz commander Rudolf Höss (played by Christian Friedel) and his wife Hedwig (Tony Erdman star Sandra Hüller) as they go about their normal, everyday life in a house and garden right next to the extermination camp.
A24 produced The interest zone along with Access Entertainment and Film4 in co-production with JW Films and Extreme Emotions and will release the film in the United States. James Wilson and Ewa Puszcyńska served as lead producers.
Mini Major Leonine taken over The interest zone for Germany and Austria, BAC picked up France, Cineart took rights in Benelux, Elastica took Spain, I Wonder acquired Italian rights, Scandinavian rights went to SF Studios, Spentzos took over Greece and Filmcoopi picked up the film for Switzerland. in Japan, The interest zone goes out through Happinet Phantom Studios. Gutek in Poland was already on board to release the film locally.
Since its Cannes debut, The interest zone was one of the most talked-about films at this year’s festival and a clear front-runner for the 2023 Palme d’Or, which will be announced on Saturday. But several buyers had complained about A24’s high asking price for international rights, concerned that the film’s subject matter and Glazer’s experimental and challenging cinematic approach The interest zone difficult to sell to the public.