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Haugesund: Nrk’s Ivar Køhn on Norway’s TV Drama Build, Nordic Noir as a Brand

Haugesund: Nrk’s Ivar Køhn on Norway’s TV Drama Build, Nordic Noir as a Brand
Haugesund, Norway — For the first time, TV drama features at the Norwegian Int. Film Festival in Haugesund with the world premiere of second seasons of two Norwegian series: “Occupied” (“Okkupert”) and “Norsemen,” aka “Vikings” (“Vikingane”).

The first two episodes of “Occupied 2” screen on Aug. 21 with Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjærg and actors Henrik Mestad, Janne Heltberg and Eldar Skar attending. “Norsemen” Season 2, Episodes 1 and 2 – the series changed its name when Netflix bought it – bows on Aug. 23.

A couple of years ago, there was hardly any interest in Norwegian TV drama, but this has completely changed, according to Ivar Køhn, head of drama at Norwegian pubcaster Nrk, who started at Nrk in 1987.

In 2013, he left his job as head of development and production at the Norwegian Film Institute to lead Nrk Drama.

“Norwegian TV drama has simply improved radically, and its potential attracts the best writers and directors – young talents who are getting more experienced. We
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Goteborg: Nordic Noir Powers On

Goteborg — At TV Drama Vision, the Göteborg International Film Festival’s 10th seminar on TV drama, Swedish directors Björn Stein and Måns Mårlind presented the $10.9 million, eight hour series, “Midnight Sun,” which is based on an original idea by Swedish writer-producer Henrik Jansson-Schweizer and Swedish-French producer Patrick Nebout.

Starring French actress Leïla Bekhti (”The Prophet”) and Swedish actor Gustaf Hammersten, the Nice Drama-Atlantique Productions serial follows a French police officer (Bekti), who is dispatched to Sweden to investigate the brital murder of a French citizen in Kiruna, in Sweden’s Arctic region, in collaboration with a Swedish prosecutor of Sami origin. More killing starts to happen – the victims seemingly have nothing in common, except they are eliminated in a well-planned and vicious manner.

“It is interesting, but most Scandinavian broadcasters made Nordic Noir for several years, before we were aware it was a wave,” said TV drama chief Ivar Køhn,
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Venice Days gets competitive

Exclusive: Parallel Venice section also planning out-of-festival activities to build new audiences for independent cinema.

Venice Days will launch a new €20,000 ($27,000) prize at its 11th edition which is due to unfold on the Venetian Lido Aug 27-Sept 6.

“Venice Days celebrated its 10th birthday in 2013. We’ve always held that our selection is our best calling card but as we enter a second decade we want to renew and refresh what we do,” Venice Days artistic director Giorgio Gosetti told Screen.

Up until now Venice Days, which runs parallel to the Venice Film Festival, has been non-competitive.

Prizes for films in the selection have been meted out independently by the Europa Cinemas Label and the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean (Fedora).

Last year, Israeli espionage drama Bethlehem won the Fedora best film prize and French Jean Denizot’s child custody battle drama La Belle Vie clinched the Europa Cinemas award.

Gosetti said Venice
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Berlin selects co-pro projects

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Berlin selects co-pro projects
New films from Peter Webber, Pernille Fischer Christensen, Oliver Schmitz, Eran Kolirin.

A total of 39 features have been selected for Berlin’s co-production market (Feb 9-11).

Directors with work in the market include Peter Webber, Pernille Fischer Christensen, Oliver Schmitz, Eran Kolirin, Christos Georgiou, Erik Skjoldbjaerg and Nir Bergman.

All projects have 30% of their financing in place while budgets range from €700,000 to €6.5m.

This year’s Residency participants comprise Emir Baigazin, Alistair Banks Griffin, Bence Fliegauf, Sebastián Lelio, Elina Psykou and José Luis Valle. The participants will present new projects to potential partners at the co-production market.

The Talent Project Market will see ten new producers and directors primed for the international market. Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox featured last year, while Italian filmmaker Fabio Mollo’s Il Sud e Niente plays in this year’s Generation programme.

Five companies have been selected for the Company Matching programme and three more projects have been picked for the
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Wide World of Horror: ‘Naboer (Next Door’) – the mind is a dangerous place to be

Naboer (Next Door)

Screenplay by Pål Sletaune

Directed by Pål Sletaune

Denmark/Norway/Sweden, 2005

Twists appear to be quite the common topic in this column lately. This time out the issue isn’t an actual twist, but the fracturing of a psyche that gives the idea of a twist. There’s no twist to spoil in Naboer because such a twist never takes place. From the start Naboer is the tale of a man who has lost his grip with reality. The question isn’t of the twists to come, but the journey through the mind of a damaged individual.

Naboer starts off plainly enough, and such a start is key to the films effectiveness. Josh is a sympathetic figure in the beginning of the film, and he’s again a sympathetic figure in the final shot of Naboer. In between the beginning and the end we embark on a crazy journey with Josh.
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Looking at Ghostly Subplots with The Monitor: A Movie Review

*here be spoilers. Director/writer: Pål Sletaune. Cast: Noomi Rapace, Kristoffer Joner, Vetle Qvenild Werring, and Stig R. Amdam. The Monitor is a Norwegian film that released in the United States July 25th on DVD. In the United Kingdom, this film is called the gentler Babycall. The film itself is a strange tale of a woman recovering from family tragedy. This sums up the central plot. However, there is a strong sub-plot that acts much like a ghost story. Both tales come together through themes of abuse with the film's ending adding some initial confusion. The story centrally follows Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) as Anna. On the surface, she appears as a single mom protecting her son from an abusive father. She uses a baby monitor to eavesdrop on him. There is something more here, though. Without giving too much away, Anna is suffering from loneliness and something else. She reaches
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Contest: The Monitor / Babycall (2011) DVD: Noomi Rapace, Pål Sletaune

The Monitor / Babycall Contest Giveaway Sweepstakes. This The Monitor / Babycall DVD contest, giveaway, sweepstakes illustrates The Monitor / Babycall‘s release on DVD on July 24, 2012. Pål Sletaune‘s The Monitor / Babycall stars Noomi Rapace, Kristoffer Joner, and Henrik Rafaelsen. Babycall‘ plot synopsis: ”Anna and her eight year old son Anders are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders’ father. They [...]

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This week's new films

The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (U)

(Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt, 2012, UK/Us) Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton. 88 mins

Aardman sets sail on seas of clay, in what feels more like an animated Blackadder than Pirates Of The Caribbean. Grant's inept rogue is good company, falling foul (or rather fowl) of Queen Victoria and Charles Darwin in a nonsensical, if inconsequential, romp that's lifted, as usual, by Aardman's eccentric details and fine craftsmanship.

Into The Abyss (12A)

(Werner Herzog, 2011, Us/UK/Ger) 107 mins

Herzog studies a Texas homicide from all angles, building less a polemic against the death penalty than a humane survey of death and loss.

This Is Not A Film (U)

(Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi, 2010, Ira) 75 mins

Panahi boldly defies his own house arrest by "not making" a film within his apartment, the confinement provoking a profound questioning of cinema itself.

Wrath Of The Titans (12A)

(Jonathan Liebesman,
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Babycall – review

Noomi Rapace is wasted in this muddled thriller which can't deliver on its what's-that-on-the-baby-alarm? premise

An intriguing premise, and a potent performance from the original "girl with the dragon tattoo" are squandered in this disappointing, incoherent thriller from Norwegian director Pål Sletaune. Noomi Rapace is Anna, relocated by social services to an anonymous flat with her son to escape a violent husband. Nervy, traumatised Anna insists on buying an infants' listening device so that she can listen to her son sleeping in the next room. But then the Babycall starts picking up disturbing screams from another flat in the block. It's a great idea for a thriller – but then other plotlines get muddled in, and everything unravels into a cop-out. However Rapace, breathing shallowly and turning deathly pale, gives a brilliant impression of fear.

Rating: 2/5

World cinemaThrillerDramaPeter Bradshaw

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Film Review: 'Babycall'

★★★★☆ Pål Sletaune's Norwegian horror/thriller Babycall (2011) may be one of the less-known of this week's new releases, yet features the superb star of the original The Girl With the Dragoon Tattoo film series and Ridley Scott's eagerly-awaited Prometheus (2012) Noomi Rapace. It's also a gripping story in it's own right, and you'll certainly be rewarded for tracking it down.

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Babycall Review: Noomi Rapace Gets Whitenoise Rather Than Screams

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Anna (Noomi Rapace) and her son Anders (Vetle Qvenild Werring) are on the lamb from Anna’s abusive and meddlesome husband. Following a sketchy and clearly horrifying attack, both Anna and Anders are relocated to a remote housing estate in Norway. Clearly affected by what has happened, Anna struggles to adjust, and is encouraged to integrate herself and her son into a normal life by child services. Anna soon finds solace in the use of a baby monitor – facilitating a distance between mother and son during bedtime hours. However, this newfound comfort is short lived, as Anna finds that the baby monitor is picking up more than just the sounds of her son sleeping – someone or something is crying for help.

There is a small cluster of countries in the Northern reaches of the EU, which are fast becoming a cinematic ‘dark horse’. Not to sound ignorant or naïve,
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Listen Up for this New Trailer for Babycall

And Noomi Rapace thought she had problems in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo foreign franchise! As you're about to see, in Babycall there are far more nefarious things at work than an albino-like guy who can't feel pain!

Pål Sletaune's Babycall stars The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Noomi Rapace, Kristoffer Joner, and Vetle Qvenild Werring.

Babycall follows Anna (Rapace) and her eight-year-old son, Anders, who are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders’ father. They move into a large apartment complex. Anna becomes overprotective of her son and even buys a babycall to keep track of him. Soon, strange noises from other apartments appear on the monitor, and Anna overhears what might be the murder of a child. Meanwhile, Anders’ mysterious new friend starts visiting at odd hours, claiming that he has keys for all the doors in the building… Does this
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Noomi Rapace Gets Terrorized In New 'Babycall' Trailer

Noomi Rapace Gets Terrorized In New 'Babycall' Trailer
I'm obviously not a mother, but I can only imagine how freaky this trailer would be to one. Already released internationally, and opening in the Us on March 30th, is Babycall, a new horror flick starring Prometheus and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Noomi Rapace. Also starring Joner and Vetle Qvenild Werring, the Pål Sletaune-directed pic "follows Anna and her eight year old son Anders who are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders father. They move into a large apartment complex. Anna becomes overprotective of her son and even buys a babycall to keep track of him. Soon, strange noises from other apartments appear on the monitor, and Anna overhears what might be the murder of a child....
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Gff 2012: Babycall Review

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Anna (Noomi Rapace) and her eight year old son, Anders (Velte Qvenild Werring), are moved to a modest apartment block on the outskirts of Oslo as part of the witness protection program. Scared to death by the violent past she’s escaped, Anna takes no risks with Anders, protecting him from all elements, even the draft.

As she starts to warm to her surroundings, she purchases a baby monitor from a friendly salesman, Helge (Kristoffer Joner), as a way of allowing Anders some breathing space while obeying Child Services’ strict rules. However, when she starts to hear disturbing noises through the monitor that aren’t coming from Anders, her paranoia resurfaces and it soon becomes apparent that all it not as clear-cut as it may seem.

While it would be easy for Babycall to slip into a normal pattern of predictable scares and cheap thrills, writer and director Pål Sletaune
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Afm 2011: New Babycall Art and Imagery

Is there anything scarier than seeing a helpless child in a state of peril? Probably, but man, do we love watching flicks with kids in danger. Bonus points if they actually bite it! Where were we? Oh yeah, new imagery for Babycall!

Pål Sletaune's Babycall stars The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Noomi Rapace, Kristoffer Joner, and Vetle Qvenild Werring.

Babycall follows Anna (Rapace) and her eight-year-old son, Anders, who are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders’ father. They move into a large apartment complex. Anna becomes overprotective of her son and even buys a babycall to keep track of him. Soon, strange noises from other apartments appear on the monitor, and Anna overhears what might be the murder of a child. Meanwhile, Anders’ mysterious new friend starts visiting at odd hours, claiming that he has keys for all the doors in the building…
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Afm '11: 'Babycall' Sales Art and New Imagery

Afm '11: 'Babycall' Sales Art and New Imagery
Now open overseas and being sold at next week's Afm is Babycall, a new horror flick starring Prometheus and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Noomi Rapace. We've now landed a pretty solid UK quad, along with new imagery. Also starring Joner and Vetle Qvenild Werring, the Pål Sletaune-directed pic "follows Anna and her eight year old son Anders who are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders father. They move into a large apartment complex. Anna becomes overprotective of her son and even buys a babycall to keep track of him. Soon, strange noises from other apartments appear on the monitor, and Anna overhears what might be the murder of a child. Meanwhile, Anders mysterious new friend starts visiting at odd hours, claiming that he has keys for all the doors in the building Does this new friend know anything about the murder?
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Breaking Dawn, Vibrator Movie Hysteria: Rome Film Festival 2011

Bella, Edward, and a vibrator. No, not all together; after all, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is rated PG-13. It's just that the eclectic Rome Film Festival, currently being held in the Italian capital, has screened 15 minutes from Breaking Dawn: Part 1, in addition to Tanya Wexler's comedy about the invention of the vibrator, Hysteria, featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy (photo). Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner were elsewhere, but Jackson Rathbone and Nikki Reed were in attendance at the Breaking Dawn screening. Also in attendance were Hysteria players Gyllenhaal and Rupert Everett. Hysteria is one of the 15 films in competition in Rome. Others include Pål Sletaune's Babycall, with Noomi Rapace and Kristoffer Joner; Fred Schepisi's The Eye of the Storm, with Geoffrey Rush and Charlotte Rampling; Cédric Kahn's Une vie meilleure, with Guillaume Canet and Leïla Bekhti; and Pawel Pawlikowski's La Femme du cinquième,
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Afm 2011: First Image and Sales Art: Babycall

Afm is kicking off soon, and we're trying to get you all of the goods we can before the show even starts! We're good like that! Next up to the plate: the first image and artwork for Babycall.

Opening overseas on October 7th, Pål Sletaune's Babycall stars The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Noomi Rapace, Kristoffer Joner, and Vetle Qvenild Werring.

Babycall follows Anna (Rapace) and her eight-year-old son, Anders, who are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders’ father. They move into a large apartment complex. Anna becomes overprotective of her son and even buys a babycall to keep track of him. Soon, strange noises from other apartments appear on the monitor, and Anna overhears what might be the murder of a child. Meanwhile, Anders’ mysterious new friend starts visiting at odd hours, claiming that he has keys for all the doors in the building…
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Afm '11: Noomi Rapace in 'Babycall' Image and Art

Afm '11: Noomi Rapace in 'Babycall' Image and Art
Now open overseas and being sold at next week's Afm is Babycall, a new horror flick starring The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Noomi Rapace. Above you'll find the first image with the sales art inside. Also starring Joner and Vetle Qvenild Werring, the Pål Sletaune-directed pic "follows Anna and her eight year old son Anders who are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders father. They move into a large apartment complex. Anna becomes overprotective of her son and even buys a babycall to keep track of him. Soon, strange noises from other apartments appear on the monitor, and Anna overhears what might be the murder of a child. Meanwhile, Anders mysterious new friend starts visiting at odd hours, claiming that he has keys for all the doors in the building Does this new friend know anything about the murder? "
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Noomi Rapace Gets Face Time in Babycall Poster

Noomi Rapace - star of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo films and the upcoming Prometheus - is front and center in the one-sheet for Babycall which has opened overseas. Directed by Pål Sletaune, the thriller is seeking U.S. distribution. You'll find the trailer below as well. Synopsis: Anna and her eight year old son Anders are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders' father. They move into a large apartment complex. Anna becomes overprotective of her son and even buys a babycall to keep track of him. Soon, strange noises from other apartments appear on the monitor, and Anna overhears what might be the murder of a child. Meanwhile, Anders. mysterious new friend starts visiting at odd hours, claiming that he has keys for all the...
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