‘Simon and the Oaks’ Distribution Rights Acquired by The Film Arcade

With the popularity of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo films and other Swedish imports, like Wallander, it’s obvious that the Swedes are solid filmmakers. So it’s no surprise that companies would be eager to snatch up more Swedish movies and bring them over to the United States. Distribution company The Film Arcade has recently acquired the U.S. rights to Simon of the Oaks, which is directed by Lisa Ohlin, and which garnered 13 Guldbagge Award nominations. Simon of the Oaks is slated for an October 12, 2012 release in New York and Los Angeles, with other markets to follow.

“Lisa Ohlin has crafted a poignant coming-of-age story about hope and survival during the darkest hours of the 20th century.  We believe U.S. audiences will respond with the same incredible enthusiasm as international ones have and we are thrilled to bring this critically acclaimed film to theaters across the country” said principles of Film Arcade.

“I am very excited that Film Arcade has decided to release SIMON AND THE OAKS in the U.S., and I look forward to having U.S. audiences discover this film,” said Lisa Ohlin.


Founded in 2012, The Film Arcade is an independent film distribution company focused on the theatrical release of critically acclaimed films from visionary filmmakers.  Since its inception, The Film Arcade has acquired two films, the award-winning Swedish film, The Simon and the Oaks, and the Sundance hit, The Other Dream Team, which the company co-bought with Lionsgate.  Both films will be distributed theatrically throughout the country in the fall of 2012.