IFC Films bought North American rights to the TrustNordisk title The Salvation. The film premiered in the out of competition Midnight section of Cannes. A couple distributors chased the film, which stars Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Kristian Levring directed the Western. Set in 1870s America, pic starts when a settler kills the man that murdered his family. That unleashes the fury of a notorious gang leader. Then it’s a fight to the death.
As a very quiet EFM winds down, TrustNordisk reports it’s had high interest on Mads Mikkelsen-starrer The Salvation. After pre-selling the movie in Cannes, a sizzle reel of Kristian Levring’s western was shown to buyers on Saturday morning in Berlin, adding deals in Australia/New Zealand (Madman) and Benelux (Wild Bunch). A multi-territory pact is in the offing. The English-language Danish western is co-written by Susanne Bier’s frequent collaborator, Anders Thomas Jensen. The revenge tale also stars Eva Green and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Sisse Graum Jørgensen produces for Zentropa Entertainments33 in co-production with South Africa’s Spier Films and the UK’s Forward Films. The Scandinavian release is set for August through Nordisk Film Distribution. Read More »
TrustNordisk did brisk international business in Berlin last year with a series of films that included Nymphomaniac, Ragnarok, Pioneer and The Keeper Of Lost Causes. Gearing up for the EFM that kicks off next month in the German capital, the hot Scandianvian company has added The Shamer’s Daughter to its slate. Pre-sales will start in Berlin on the pic that’s based on the first book in Lene Kaaberbøl’s bestselling young adult series, The Shamer Chronicles. The Shamer’s Daughter is being adapted for the screen by Oscar winner Anders Thomas Jensen, the longtime collaborator of Susanne Bier. Denmark’s Kenneth Kainz directs with shooting to start on February 27. The fantasy/adventure is the story of Dina, a young girl who has inherited her mother’s supernatural ability to elicit shamed confessions just by looking into someone’s eyes. Dina sees the powers as a curse and longs for a normal life. But when the sole heir to the throne of Dunark is wrongfully accused of the horrible murders of his family, Dina’s mother is enlisted under false pretenses to make him confess and is taken prisoner. It falls to Dina to uncover the truth of the murders.
The Scandinavian cast is led by Peter Plaugborg (The Keeper Of Lost Causes), Jakob Oftebro (Kon-Tiki), Søren Malling (A Hijacking), Maria Bonnevie (A Second Chance), Stina Ekblad (Love Is All You Need) and Allan Hyde (True Blood).
The news in Hollywood this week was that porno film permits have gone flaccid and are way down, but it looks here like Danish helmer Lars von Trier is keeping the spirit alive with his sex-o-rama drama Nymphomaniac. The film hits Danish screens on Christmas Day, and TrustNordisk has dropped the film’s official — and very bawdy — trailer. The company has been teasing out its campaign which has included a series of short clips, referred to as ‘appetizers’ and which presented some of the film’s key topics of sexuality, religion, philosophy and history. The main course trailer provides more info on Charlotte Gainsbourg’s titular character and offers glimpses of, among others, Stellan Skarsgård, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman and Willem Dafoe. Magnolia Pictures has U.S. on the movie, but has not yet set a release date. Has there been a movie trailer as sexually graphic as this one? You decide, and you might want to have a cigarette ready for after:
Kids Pics Open Big In Slovenia And Croatia Two children’s films have had impressive openings this week in Slovenia and Croatia. Miha Hocevar’s sequel Going Our Way 2 had the best local opening ever in Slovenia when it debuted last weekend. The film about a group of scouts at summer camp grossed $187,872 on 24 screens, beating the record set by Hocevar’s original Going Our Way in 2010. According to Cineuropa, it had topped $236,000, including previews, as of Thursday. The original film ended its run with $1.08M in 2011. In Croatia, Silvije Petranovic’s The Little Shoemaker scored the second-best local opening ever, behind this year’s EFA-nominatedThe Priest’s Children, and stood at $138,500 as of yesterday. It’s about a shoemaker’s apprentice who sets off on an adventure. The live-action film follows the animated original from 1997 that was based on The Brave Adventures Of Lapitch, a 1913 novel by Ivana Brlic-Mazuranic.
SND Books Sales For ‘Yves Saint Laurent’ At AFM After screening the first footage of hot biopic Yves Saint Laurent at the AFM, sales company SND pacted on further territories including Taiwan (Catchplay), Latin America (Swen) and Belgium (Eone Benelux). Negotiations are underway in Japan, Korea and Italy. The film by Jalil Lespert had previously sold to The Weinstein Co for the U.S. and to eOne for the UK, Canada and Australia, among other deals. Pierre Niney plays the titular designer and SND is releasing in France on January 8th. Check out the subtitled trailer here. Read More »
Biddy Baxter Set For Honor At British Academy Children’s Awards BAFTA will present TV producer and writer Biddy Baxter with its Special Award at this year’s British Academy Children’s Awards on November 24. The award recognizes an individual’s outstanding contribution to children’s media and the entertainment industry. David Attenborough will make the presentation to Baxter. She first joined the BBC in 1955 as a radio studio manager, later becoming the producer of Listen With Mother and School Radio’s Junior English programs and then of BBC Television Children’s Programmes. She was editor of kids show Blue Peter from 1962-88, receiving 12 BAFTA nominations and winning two statues during her tenure. In 2003, she founded the John Hosier Music Trust to provide scholarships to enable talented but impoverished music students to undertake postgraduate studies.
TrustNordisk Sells ‘Ragnarok’ To China, India, Other Territories TrustNordisk has concluded further deals on its Norwegian action-adventure pic Ragnarok. The film previously sold to Magnolia in the U.S. and has added China (Melting Culture Ltd.), Indonesia (Pratama Film), Spain (Artwood), Brazil (Mares Filmes LTDA) and Thailand (IPA) to its list of territories. It premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin and was released locally on October 4. It is currently the top local film of 2013 at the Norwegian box office. Ragnarok stars Kon-Tiki’s Pål Sverre Hagen as an archeologist obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. … Read More »
Cinedigm has acquired from TrustNordiskEasy Money: Hard To Kill and Easy Money: Life Deluxe, the thriller that launched the stars of Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa and Robocop‘s Joel Kinnaman with the original 2010 Swedish crime noir film. Cinedigm has slated both films for release in 2014 across all platforms including theatrical, digital and physical DVD/BR. Both pics star Kinnaman. “These great Scandinavian thrillers have found a perfect home with Cinedigm as the North American distributor, and we are very happy about the co-operation”, TrustNordisk CEO Rikke Ennis said. Besides the North American deal with Cinedigm, TrustNordisk has so far sold Life Deluxe to more than 35 countries including the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg (Lumiere), Switzerland (Frenetic), Korea (Sonamu), and Czech Republic/Slovakia (Film Europe). The pic premiered at Busan International Film Festival and market screenings will be held at AFM.
Susanne Bier is headed back to Denmark for her next feature. The helmer will reteam with her In A Better World scripter Anders Thomas Jensen on drama A Second Chance. Game Of Thrones‘ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars in the film that asks the question: How far are decent human beings willing to go, when tragedy blurs the line between the just and unjust? Bier is coming off of Serena, her English-language feature drama that stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. She also recently directed the Pierce Brosnan romantic comedy Love Is All You Need which Jensen also penned. Coster-Waldau is next up in Summit’s period epic Gods Of Egypt. A Second Chance is his first leading Danish role in over 10 years. He’s repped by WME and managed by Impression Entertainment; Bier is with CAA. The film is produced by Sisse Graum Jørgensen for Zentropa Entertainments14 in co-production with Zentropa International Sweden and Film i Väst. Nordisk will distribute in the Nordic territories and TrustNordisk will start presales at the AFM.
UPDATED, 2:40 PM: 108 Media has pre-sold the Henry Rollins drama He Never Died to Take One for Scandinavia and Benelux. The AFM-bound title from writer-director Jason Krawczyck stars the legendary punk singer, author and radio host as a socially disturbed outcast. “He Never Died embodies the rare culmination of our fanboy sensibilities and mainstream marketability,” said producer Zach Hagen of Alternate Ending Studio. Adam J. Shully, who created and produced the Canadian TV drama The Bridge (not the FX series), also produces. He Never Died begins production November 13 at Pinewood Studios in Toronto.
The Outsider has a new financier. Previously with Silver Pictures, the post-WW II Japanese-based crime thriller will now be produced and financed by Worldview Entertainment, it was announced today. QED International will be selling the film internationally as part of its slate at the AFM. Worldview’s reps CAA, who packaged and arranged financing, will represent domestic rights. As Deadline exclusively reported in June, Tom Hardy will star in the pic that will mark the English-language debut of Japanese director Takashi Miike. From a script by Andrew Baldwin based on an idea by John Linson, The Outsider focuses on the life a former American G.I. who becomes part of the Yakuza. Filming is set to begin in Japan early next year. Linson Entertainment’s John Linson, who will produce with Art Linson, Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners and QED’s Bill Block. Worldview’s Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson will serve as EPs with Anton Lessine and Sasha Shapiro.
PREVIOUSLY:TrustNordisk is bringing a 3-minute promo of On The Edge to the AFM which kicks off on November 6th. The film from Danish director Christian E. Christiansen stars A Royal Affair’s Cyron Melville and Kon-Tiki’s Jakob Oftebro. It centers on two childhood friends whose relationship is put to the test when their illegal car racing results in a fatal accident. Christiansen’s credits include Danish features Life Hits and Crying For Love, and U.S. pictures The Roommate and the upcoming Where The Devil Hides. In 2007 he was nominated for an Oscar for best live action short with At Night. On The Edge (working title) is produced by the Zentropa Group in co-production with M2Film, Zentropa International Sweden and Film i Väst. Its domestic release is set for March 2014 through Nordisk Film Distribution. Read More »
Local movies are booming in Denmark this year, accounting for more than 30% of the market and outperforming Hollywood fare like Iron Man 3, Fast & Furious 6 and Despicable Me 2. The top film of the year so far is Thomas Vinterberg’s Foreign Language Oscar entry The Hunt. The Mads Mikkelsen-starrer has taken about $8M since its release in January. Other successes include Rasmus Heide’s heist comedy All For Two and family film My African Adventure. Jumping to No. 2 for the year this week is Mikkel Nørgaard‘s The Keeper Of Lost Causes (Kvinden I Buret). The film debuted on October 3rd and has now taken in about $7.7M. If it continues apace, it is expected to overtake The Hunt as the year’s top grosser. Zentropa produced Keeper Of Lost Causes, the first installment in its Department Q franchise that’s based on the best-sellling books by Jussi Adler-Olsen. It’s the first in a series of films that have been penned by A Royal Affair‘s Nikolaj Arcel. They focus on chief detective Carl Mørck who’s banished to a basement office to run a cold case division. Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Angels & Demons) and Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty) star. The first installment settles on the case of a well-known female politician who vanished five years ago from a passenger ferry. The only witness is her brain-damaged brother who was found … Read More »
‘We Are The Best!’ Headed To Screens In Six More Territories Lukas Moodysson’s latest feature We Are The Best! has sealed a number of new distribution deals. TrustNordisk has added France (MK2), Russia (Caravella), Greece (One from the Heart), Mexico (Cannibal Networks), Hungary (Vertigo), Estonia (Estin Film) and Hong Kong (Edko) to the list of territories where the film will be released. The tale of three young outsiders in 1980s Stockholm who form a punk band debuted in Venice. Magnolia Pictures acquired it for the U.S. after it played in Toronto.
Latest Stop For Keshet’s ‘Rising Star’ Is Italy
Keshet International has locked another deal for Rising Star, its hit interactive talent show. Sony Pictures Television Group production company Toro will adapt the format for Italy. This follows recent deals in France, Russia, Germany and the Nordics. Rising Star was one of the hottest properties at the recent Mipcom TV market and incorporates real-time voting by viewers via a free app that is fully integrated into the show. Read More »
Jonathan Demme’s ‘Fear Of Falling’ To Premiere At Rome Fest
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme‘s Fear Of Falling will have its world premiere at the eighth annual Rome Film Festival in November. The film is based on a theater production — performed only a few times to friends — created for the stage by the actor-filmaker André Gregory, based on Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, translated and adapted by actor-playwright Wallace Shawn. Gregory and Shawn also star in the film. Fear of Falling is produced by Rocco Caruso. The Rome fest runs November 8-17.
TrustNordisk Sells ‘We Are The Best!’ In Australia, Italy, Taiwan TrustNordisk has closed multiple deals on Lukas Moodysson’s We Are The Best!, which premiered at Venice premiere and screened at Toronto. The Swedish teen punk film has sold to Australia (NewVision Films), Italy (Bim Distribuzione) and Taiwan (Maison Motion), with talks ongoing for other territories. We Are The Best! revolves around three young outsiders in 1980s Stockholm who find unity in music and form a punk band without having any instruments. Lars Jönsson for Memfis Film produced the film, which bows October 11 in Sweden.
Niels Arden Oplev Readies ‘Racewalking’ TrustNordisk will be bringing the latest project from Niels Arden Oplev to Toronto. The director of the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is returning to his native Denmark to direct the adaption of Morten Kirkskov’s novel Racewalking. The helmer recently signed a one-year overall deal with CBS Studios after directing the pilot of crime drama Unforgettable and the opening episode of summer series Under The Dome. His last feature, Dead Man Down, starred Colin Farrell and Dragon Tattoo’s Noomi Rapace. Racewalking stars Anders W. Berthelsen of the original The Killing, alongside Borgen’s Sidse Babett Knudsen. Villads Bøye, Frederik Winther Rasmussen and Kraka Donslund Nielsen also star. The script is by The Art Of Crying’s Bo Hr. Hansen. It’s set in 1976 in a quirky small town where 14-year-old Martin is getting ready for his communion. But in the midst of it all his mother suddenly passes away and her tragic death triggers a series of events that changes his life forever and affects everyone else in the community. A Hijacking exec producer Thomas Heinesen is producer. Read More »
Kim Basinger has just started shooting Danish director Anders Morgenthaler’s English-language drama Petit. The actress plays Maria, a successful career woman who cannot have children. Seeking out her dream child, she bribes Petit, a troubled dwarf in desperate straits who helps her track down a rumored prostitution ring near the Czech border where infants are being sold. There she becomes entangled in a dark world of abuse and brutality. Peter Stormare, Jordan Prentice (In Bruges, Mirror, Mirror) and German actors Sebastian Schipper and Sophie Rois also star.
Morgenthaler’s debut was the animated feature Princess which opened Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2006. His other credits include 2007′s Echo and 2009′s The Apple And The Worm. Oscar winner Basinger just wrapped Warner Bros.’ Grudge Match and also features in Paul Haggis’ Third Person. She’s repped by Oren Segal at Radius Entertainment and by attorney John LaViolette. Read More »
Zentropa Productions just released an atmospheric teaser for The Keeper Of Lost Causes, the first installment in its Department Q franchise. Based on the books by Jussi Adler-Olsen, the Danish-language films focus on a chief detective who’s banished to a basement office to run a cold case division. A Royal Affair director Nikolaj Arcel adapted the books for the trilogy. Mikkel Nørgaard (Klown), who just signed with WME in Cannes, is director. Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Angels & Demons), Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty), Sonja Richter (The Homesman) and A Royal Affair‘s Mikkel Boe Folsgaard star. An October 3 release is set for Scandinavia with the pic likely to turn up on the fall festival circuit. Sales outfit TrustNordisk inked several deals off of a promo reel in Berlin and last month screened a rough cut for buyers in Cannes. Nørgaard directs the second picture in the series, The Absent One, in September:
UK indie distributor Swipe Films has acquired Alexandre Castagnetti’s Love Is In The Air. The French romantic comedy stars Cannes jury member Ludivine Sagnier. It opened in France via UPI in April. The story sees a volatile former couple meet up on a NY-Paris flight. Swipe will roll the pic out in the UK and Ireland. Gregoire Melin’s Kinology is selling. Read More »
Abigail Breslin will star in Peste which IM Global genre label Octane is financing. Mark Tonderai is directing and Cloverfield‘s Sheryll Clark is producing. Production is set for early September on the thriller that sees a teenager’s world turned upside down as a terrifying virus turns her friends and neighbors into vicious monsters. Peste is based on Barbara Marshall’s 2012 Black List screenplay. Breslin is repped by ICM and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman.
Epic Pictures Heads To Cannes With ‘The Last Scout’ And ‘Someone Marry Barry’
Epic Pictures Group has finalized the cast and director for The Last Scout. Written and directed by Paul Tanter (Jack Falls), The Last Scout stars Sean Maguire, Tim Russ, Harry Groener, Simon Phillips, Rebecca Ferdinando and Rita Ramnani. The film takes place seven years after Earth is destroyed by war when the survival of mankind depends on the crew of one ship searching the galaxy in the hope of finding a new world. Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson are producing for Epic Pictures, alongside Tanter, Phillips, Rob Weston and Alain Wildberger, with Lyndon Baldock, Anthony Maxwell and Patrick Maxwell executive producing. Epic is selling worldwide rights at Cannes. Principal photography has begun in Los Angeles. Epic Pictures Group als has acquired sales rights to the comedy Someone Marry Barry. Written and directed by Rob Pearlstein, the pic stars Tyler Labine, Damon Wayans, Jr., Lucy Punch, Hayes MacArthur, Thomas Middleditch, Frankie Shaw and Amanda Lund. Josephson Entertainment’s Barry Josephson produces along with Rob Pearlstein, and Marisa Polvino and Kate Cohen of Straight Up Films. Executive producers are Alexander Young, Madrose Productions’ Jeremy Bailer, and Marc H. Simon at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP. Read More »
Lightning Strikes For SXSW Comedy ‘Gus’ Lightning Entertainment has acquired international rights to the comedy Gus, starring Michelle Monaghan, Radha Mitchell and Michael Weston. It premiered at this year’s SXSW and is the feature debut of Jessie McCormack, who wrote and directed. ICM Partners reps Monaghan and Mitchell and is also repping U.S. rights to the film in Cannes, where it will make its market bow May 16. Gus centers on Lizzie (Mitchell), who longs to start a family with her husband Peter but is unable to conceive. Her best friend Andie (Monaghan), single and adrift, gets pregnant from a one-night stand and offers to give Lizzie the baby. Reluctantly, Peter agrees to be the child’s father, and before he knows it Andie has moved into the guest room for the duration of her pregnancy. When Peter invites his ne’er-do-well recovering-addict brother (Weston) to the house, chaos ensues. McCormack produces alongside Kathryn Himoff, Kevin Fitzmaurice Comer and Erik Van Wyck. Richard N. Gladstein is exec producer. Read More »