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.
Berlin Briefs: Mads Mikkelsen Western ‘The Salvation’ Rides To Buyers; $40M ‘Kong’ Mines Monkey King Story; More
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 …
Global Showbiz Briefs: Kids Movies Bow Big In Slovenia, Croatia; ‘Yves Saint Laurent’ And ‘A Second Chance’ Seal Deals At AFM
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-nominated The 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.
Global Showbiz Briefs: Biddy Baxter Set For BAFTA Honor; TrustNordisk Sells ‘Ragnarok’ In Multiple Territories; 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 …
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‘ …
AFM Briefs: 108 Media’s ‘He Never Died’; Worldview & QED Team On ‘Outsider’; TrustNordisk’s ‘On The Edge’; Intandem Blasts Off With ‘Gagarin’; More
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.
Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘We Are The Best!’ Sold To Half-Dozen Territories; ‘Rising Star’ Heads To Italy; 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.
Global Showbiz Briefs: Jonathan Demme’s ‘Fear Of Falling’ To Premiere At Rome Fest; ‘We Are The Best!’ Lines Up Sales; 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.
Toronto Briefs: Dogwoof Takes On ‘Dangerous Acts’; TrustNordisk Pre-Selling ‘The Absent One’ With Added Cast; More
Dogwoof Global has boarded international sales on Madeleine Sackler documentary Dangerous Acts Starring The Unstable Elements Of Belarus. The deal follows HBO Documentary Films’ acquisition of U.S. TV rights earlier this week. Sackler’s film is a behind-the-scenes look at the Belarus Free Theatre as the troupe struggles to stage imaginative, thought-provoking pieces under a repressive regime. Dangerous Acts screens Monday September 9 as part of Tiff Docs.
Global Showbiz Briefs: Niels Arden Oplev’s ‘Racewalking’; ‘Transformers 4′ Adds Chinese Cast; ‘Pine Ridge’ UK Sale
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.
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.
Cannes Briefs: ‘Love Is In The Air’ For Swipe; IM Global Inks Swiss Ouput Deal; Zentropa Producing ‘The Long Ships’; More
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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.
Cannes Briefs: Abigail Breslin In ‘Peste’; Epic Pictures’ ‘The Last Scout’; Le Pacte Boards ‘Fleming’; Sony Spins ‘Gold’; IFT Rings ‘Cell’; TrustNordisk’s ‘Prize Idiot’
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.
Cannes Market Briefs: Lightning’s ‘Gus’, UConnect’s ‘Close Enough’, TrustNordisk’s ‘Someone You Love’
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.
After hooking up on three titles at the EFM in Berlin, Magnolia Pictures has closed yet another deal on a film from Scandinavian sales outfit TrustNordisk. Roger Gual’s Spanish ensemble comedy Tasting Menu has been acquired by the company for all rights in the U.S. while Vendetta Film has taken Australia and New Zealand. The movie follows a couple who book a table at the best restaurant in the world. But by the time the reservation rolls around, they’ve already been separated for a year. As it’s the last night before the culinary gem closes forever, they decide they can’t miss the unique event and meet at the restaurant (which sounds an awful lot like Ferran Adria’s El Bulli which shuttered in 2011). Stephen Rea, Fionnula Flanagan, Claudia Bassols, Jan Cornet and Togo Igawa star. Producer is David Matamoros for Zentropa International Spain and Subotica Limited. Executive producers are Peter Garde and Peter Aalbæk Jensen. The film’s Spanish release is set for June 14. Click over for the trailer: