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Nordic festival returns to UK

10 November 2014 12:52 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film selections include Paris of the North [pictured], Kon-Tiki and Hotel.

The Nordic Film Festival will run its third edition in the UK from Nov 26-Dec 7 in London followed by more touring in December 2014 to the Edinburgh Filmhouse, Glasgow Film Theatre, Tyneside in Newcastle and Broadway in Nottingham.

Film company Day for Night runs the event, which includes features, documentaries and shorts.

Films selected include Iram Haq’s I Am Yours, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson’s Paris Of The North, Lisa Langseth’s Hotel, Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg’s Kon-Tiki, Ani Simon-Kennedy’s Days of Gray, Andreas Johnsen’s Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case, and Petri Luukkainen’s My Stuff.

In London, the venues are the Ica, Hackney Picturehouse, Arthouse Crouch End, The Proud Archivist, Cafe Kaizen and Hotel St Ermin.

One new strand is about Architecture, Design & The City.

Cph: Dox will screen a shorts programme from their Cph: Lab. »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Stockholm Festival: Rising Star Award Nominees

4 November 2014 7:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Stockholm Festival’s Rising Star Award nominees have tackled some of the most challenging film roles in Scandinavian cinema. Actors such as Alicia Vikander (“A Royal Affair”) and Nermina Lukac (“Eat Sleep Die”) have previously been presented the award at Stockholm Film Festival.

Here’s a brief look at the six nominees:

Saga Becker

Becker, born in 1998, made a sensational acting debut in Ester Martin Bergsmarks “Something Must Break,” a film that won the Tiger Award in Rotterdam earlier this year, pictured above. Becker was praised by critics for her interpretation of Sebastian/Ellie and his/her search of transgender identity.

David Fukamachi-Regnfors

After appearances in Mikael Marcimain’s “Call Girl” and Lisa Langseth’s “Hotel,” Fukamachi-Regnfors, born in 1984, plays the unreliable narrator Klas in the adaptation of Klas Ostergren’s “Gentlemen,” directed by Marcimain. Fukamachi-Regnfors was educated at the Academy of Music and Drama in Goteborg, and has »

- Jon Asp

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A Long Way Down | Review

9 July 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Lost in Translation: Chaumeil’s English Language Debut a Wretched Operation

While his 2010 feature debut, Heartbreaker, which starred Vanessa Paradis and Romain Duris, managed to breathe an essence of effervescent charm into an already overproduced narrative, director Pascal Chaumeil followed up with the execrable Dany Boon rom-com Un Plan Parfait. Somehow, he’s managed to top the ineptitude of that with his first dip into English language with A Long Way Down. Butchering its Nick Hornby based source material (the author behind such works that would become films like High Fidelity, About a Boy, and An Education), the end result is an aggravating chore to sit through, a series of awkward and falsely staged interactions, leaving one to sift through multiple ironies in relation to the end product and the unintentionally apt title.

One cold New Year’s Eve in London, four depressed people meet on a rooftop they »

- Nicholas Bell

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Cph Pix unveils full lineup

24 March 2014 3:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sixth edition of Denmark’s largest fiction festival will feature 160 feature films and more than 400 screenings and events.

Fenar Ahmad’s Flow [pictured] will receive its world premiere as the opening film of the sixth Cph Pix.

Flow will screen at the Imperial cinema on April 2 and also competes for the New Talent Grand Pix. The festival’s main prize will award €15,000 to one of ten debutants to feature at this year’s edition, including Paul Wright’s For Those in Peril and Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook. Competing for the prize are:

Jennifer Kent, The Babadook (Australia)Eskil Vogt, Blind (Norway)Felipe Barbosa, Casa Grande or the Ballad of Poor Jean (Brazil)Paul Wright, For Those in Peril (UK)Benjamin Naishat, History of Fear (Argentina, Uruguay)Michalis Konstantantos, Luton (Greece)Gillian Robespierre, Obvious Child (USA)Allessandro Rossetto, Small Homeland (Italy)Bas Devos, Violet (Belgium, Holland)Fenar Ahmad, Flow (Ækte Vare) (Denmark) [pictured]

Overall, this year’s »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Berlin: Drama ‘Mad’ Toplines Robust Slate From Paris-Based MK2 (Exclusive)

6 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Having seen robust sales last year on Jia Zhangke’s “A Touch of Sin,” Xavier Dolan’s “Tom at the Farm” and Lisa Langseth’s “Hotell,” Paris-based MK2 is looking for further resilient arthouse business on “Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad” the next film by Robert Guediguian.

The pick-up comes as MK2 preps a new program, Mk Live, a movie-series aimed at cinema theaters of the best of recent Paris theaters, musicals and operas.

Produced by France’s Agat Films & Cie, “Mad” shoots July through October in France and Beirut.

Diaphana, MK2’s distribution partner in France, handles French release.

“In the vein of classic Guediguian movies,” said MK2 CEO Nathanael Karmitz, “Mad” has, like many of the director’s films, a social – here also political – subtext, but has a broader canvas and faster-moving plot.

Written with Gilles Taurand (“Farewell, My Queen”), “Fou” begins with a young »

- John Hopewell

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Henrik Hellstrom On ‘The Quiet Roar:’ ‘Dream And Reality All Melt Together’

28 January 2014 7:21 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety caught up with Swedish actor-turned-writer/director, Henrik Hellstrom, who is presenting his sophomore feature, “The Quiet Roar,” in competition at Goteborg Intl. Film Festival.

Repped by Paris-based Bac Films and lead-produced by Erika Wasserman at Idyll, “Roar” world-premiered at Rotterdam and garnered positive word-of-mouth. The beautifuly-shot drama stars Evabritt Strandberg as a 68-year old woman diagnosed with a terminal disease whose treatment propels her to explore her subconscious, where she confronts her 25-year old self and her former husband.

A promising young director, Hellstrom made his debut with “Burrowing” which bowed at the Berlinale’s Forum section in 2009 and received warm reviews. Variety’s Alissa Simon described the film as “a mesmerizing, low-budget experimental mood-piece (…) taking inspiration from the writings of Henry David Thoreau.” Set in a small Swedish suburban town, “Burrowing” centered on an introverted 11-year-old boy contemplating life around him.

Both “The Quiet Roar” and “Burrowing” were co-written by Fredrik Wenzel. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Monica Z leads Guldbagge nominations

3 January 2014 4:07 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Per Fly’s biopic leads Swedish film award nominations with 11 nods, followed by Shed No Tears, The Reunion and Hotell.Scroll down for full nominations

Waltz With Monica (Monica Z), from Danish director Per Fly, leads the race for the Guldbagge (Golden Beetle) – the Swedish national film awards, now in its 50th year – with 11 nominations.

The story of legendary Swedish singer-actress Monica Zetterlund stars Edda Magnason in her first film role.

The biopic has been nominated for best film, best director, best cinematography and best actress for Magnason. Its other nominations include two of the three slots in the best supporting actor category for Kjell Bergqvist and Sverrir Gudnason.

Shed No Tears (Känn ingen sorg), about a man who dreams of success in the music world, has secured nine nominations. The film is directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein, back from Hollywood after directing action sequel Underworld: Awakening.

The duo have been nominated for best director »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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