Sundance festival organizers have taken great pains to get people interested in the foreign-language films that are programmed, especially in the last few years. In theory, it's a good strategy, but in reality, it remains an uphill battle, with at least 90-95% of the mainstream media intensely focused on the American films.

Dennis Gansel'sThe Wave could be an exception. We noted in our story on Ballastthat Paris-based sales outfit Celluloid Dreams was also representing The Wave, which is a Dramatic Competition title at Sundance, and now indieWIRE reports that distribution deals have been inked for three territories: Alliance Films (Canada), Momentum Pictures (UK) and Aurum (Spain). Those are key territories for the German-language film, which Constantin Film will be opening wide in its native land on March 13.

Gansel previously directed the above-average Before the Fall, about a young boxer getting indoctrinated into the Nazi way of life during World War II. (Thomas Schiller gave a terrific performance as the conflicted son of a local governor.) The Wave is based on a novel telling the story of a high school teacher "who comes up with an experiment in order to explain to his students how totalitarian governments work." Juergen Vogel stars; the actor was simply terrifying in The Free Will and completely sympathetic in Rosenstrasse, so his performance should be a major bonus for the film.

The German-language official site has more on the film, including photos, posters and an intense-looking teaser. Here's hoping that The Wave also secures US distribution.