11 items from 2015
Debutants are in the spotlight in the latest round of funding from the Swedish Film Institute.
The acclaimed short-film director Jens Assur will make his first feature, called “Ravens,” with Sfi coin. The film is based on the 2010 novel by Tomas Bannerhed, a coming-of-age drama set in the 1970s Swedish countryside.
The film was granted $810,000, the largest amount from Sfi’s distribution cache.
Another first-timer in the feature film category is Fijona Jonuzi, also a high-profile Swedish short-film director. Her 60-minute drama “The Greatest” revolves around Mikael Persbrandt and Thommy Berggren, two of Sweden’s most celebrated actors. The film, based on play, is produced by Erik Hemmendorff at Plattform within Sfi’s Moving Sweden project. It is also screened as work-in-progress at Stockholm Film Festival’s Industry Days.
- Jon Asp
A Danish-Swedish drama, “You Disappear” marks Peter Schonau Fog’s follow up to “The Art of Crying.” Produced by Zentropa, “You Disappear” is an adaptation of Christian Jungersen’s bestselling novel. Nyquist plays a defense lawyer fighting for a respected schoolteacher who had been arrested for fraud.
Based on Tomas Bannerhed’s August Prize-winning novel, “Ravens” is a drama set in the 1970’s Swedish countryside. It turns on a farmer who struggles to face demands on modernisation and faces his son’s reluctance to take over the business.
Jonuzi’s “The Greatest” (Den största av dom största) chronicles two weeks in the lives of an actor and »
- Elsa Keslassy
While it might not have been as widely praised as some of his other films — namely The Hunt — I found Thomas Vinterberg‘s adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd earlier this year to be a highly entertaining, engaging film. Rather than going further down the direction of star-studded, English-language features, he’s returned to a drama in his native homeland, and today brings the first trailer.
The Commune, adapted by Tobias Lindholm (his partner on The Hunt and Submarino, and a great director in his own right with A Hijacking and A War) from one of Vinterberg’s plays, is described as “a Nordic, dark Scandinavian version of Ice Storm.” It follows a family whose move into a tiny community ends up tearing them apart. Living here, amongst new faces, they find themselves more concerned with what others are up to than the lives of those they know so well, »
- Jordan Raup
Third Cut is the Deepest: Akin’s Barren Examination of Armenian Genocide
Turkish-German director Fatih Akin concludes his decade in the making ‘Love, Death, and the Devil’ trilogy with The Cut, a film documenting the devastation of the 1915 Armenian genocide. It is the second film to reach theatrical release in 2015 dealing with the century old tragedy, following the aptly titled 1915 directed by Garin Hovannisian and Alec Mouhibian (both films notably star French-Armenian actor Simon Abkarian), and does convey a certain sense of nobly epic proportions in regards to the detrimental scope of an event robbed of the same historical urgency as several genocides since. But the nature of these horrors are lost in Akin’s overly refined handling of the material, whittled down to one father’s ceaseless journey to reclaim the kin war has separated him from. Those unlikely to appreciate a certain sense of honorable intention in Akin »
- Nicholas Bell
The Spider (Edderkoppen), 2000.
Directed by Ole Christian Madsen.
Copenhagen 1949. A young and idealistic journalist attempts to uncover the source of a shadowy black market operation working its way around the city.
The Spider (Edderkoppen) is another noir influenced release from Arrow Films. Focusing on the post WW2 period of late 40’s Copenhagen, the mini-series of six tautly wound episodes provides plenty of shady goings-on in the Danish capital.
Taking classic noir tropes and putting them to effective use, the serial follows the case of young journalist Bjarne Madsen (Jakob Cedergren) as he attempts to investigate Copenhagen’s black market. The series introduces all sorts of complexities into the equation, with familial guilt about collaboration with the Nazis during the war also raising all sorts of problems and internal dynamics.
The 1 hour episodes include a lavish attention to detail, »
- Robert W Monk
The Killing's surprise popularity in the UK has seen a continued fascination with 'Nordic Noir', a genre of moody dramas from Scandinavia.
One of Scandi TV's biggest stars - The Killing's Sofie Gråbøl - will be appearing at a special festival celebrating the genre in London this weekend, and has spoken to Digital Spy about her pride for the show that brought Denmark to British screens.
"I'm very proud of [The Killing] and I'm very proud of having been part of that whole project," she said.
"But I'm also proud that we stopped it while it still gave us pride. But I do miss it, of course I do. That's one of the beauties in this line of work, is that you're a group telling a story, »
Thomas Vinterberg was a Palme d'Or contender, and an Oscar nominee, for 2012's "The Hunt," which won Mads Mikkelsen Cannes' Best Actor prize. After "Far From the Madding Crowd," the Dogme 95 pioneer turned humanist filmmaker returns to his Danish-language roots with "The Commune." Shot in Denmark and Sweden last Fall, this 1970s-set period piece turns on Erik (Ulrich Thomsen, star of Vinterberg's shrieking "The Celebration") and Anna (Trine Dyrholm), a young academic couple who move into a Danish commune with their daughter — all is sweet serenity until Erik's younger lover is invited to join them. From the looks of it, this film co-written by fellow Dane Tobias Lindholm (who wrote "The Hunt" and directed 2012's intense "A Hijacking") also brings Vinterberg back to the kind of complicated group dynamics that made "The Hunt" and "The Celebration" so compelling. According to THR, "The Commune" »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Cannes buyers are eager to join Thomas Vinterberg's Commune. Vinterberg's upcoming drama, about the clash between individualism and solidarity in a 1970s Swedish commune, sold to multiple territories, including Spain (Golem), Korea (Challan), Russia (Silver Box) and Switzerland (Praesens Film). TrustNordisk is handling international sales on the film. Read More Afm: Buyers Join Thomas Vinterberg's 'Commune' The Commune has previously sold to France (Le Pacte), U.K. (Artificial Eye) and German-speaking Europe (Prokino) among other territories. In a Better World stars Ulrich Thomson and Trine Dyrholm lead Commune's ensemble cast, which also includes Fares Fares (Child 44)
- Scott Roxborough
Susanne Bier Oscar winner 'In a Better World' director Susanne Bier Susanne Bier, whose In a Better World won the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, is seen above on the 83rd Academy Awards' Red Carpet, just outside the Kodak Theatre. The other 2011 Oscar nominees in the Best Foreign Language Film category were: Rachid Bouchareb's Outside the Law / Hors-la-loi (Algeria). Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful (Mexico). Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth (Greece). Denis Villeneuve's Incendies (Canada). As in previous years, several international favorites were left out of the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar competition. Among these were the following: Xavier Beauvois' French Academy César winner Of Gods and Men / Des hommes et des dieux (France). Semih Kaplanoglu's 2010 Berlin Film Festival winner Bal / Honey (Turkey). Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 2010 Cannes Film Festival winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives / Loong Boonmee raleuk chat (Thailand). Prior to In a Better World, »
- D. Zhea
Controversial director makes rare appearance and speeches at Danish film awards.
Lars von Trier has once more broken his “vow of silence” to accept an armful of prizes at Denmark’s Robert awards.
The controversial Danish filmmaker’s Nymphomaniac: Director’s Cut scooped eight trophies including best feature and best director at the Danish Film Academy’s awards last night (Feb 1) – and von Trier was in attendance at the ceremony for the first time.
Accepting the Robert for best feature, von Trier said: “From Peter Aalbæk Jensen (his producing partner at Zentropa Entertainments), I know that some of the Robert awards are won by five votes, so I would like to thank those five persons in the auditorium. Thank you very much.”
The director of Antichrist and Dancer in the Dark has rarely spoken in public after being expelled from the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, where he brought Melancholia, after publicly joking that he was a Nazi »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jorn Rossing Jensen) email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
After the payoff of the successful reception of 2012’s The Hunt, looks like we’re going to get a double dose of Dane Thomas Vinterberg this year. With his adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd pushed back (here’s hoping he can enliven the material a bit more rousingly than Schlesinger’s famed version), Vinterberg has already begun production on different kind of period piece, the 1970s set The Commune. Co-written by fellow Dane Tobias Lindholm (who is also working on his own new feature we hope to see next year), who also worked with Vinterberg on Submarino and The Hunt, the exciting cast is headlined by notables Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration), Trine Dyrholm, and Fares Fares. Based on some autobiographical elements from his own life, which inspired a play he also co-wrote, the film follows a young academic couple, »
- Nicholas Bell
11 items from 2015
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