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Projects participated in the Nordic festival’s works in progress event.
Ruben Ostlund got buyers and festival programmers hopping with excitement in Goteborg as he presented the first footage from his forthcoming fifth feature The Square during the festival’s work in progress pitches.
Ostlund screened about seven minutes from one scene of the new film, during which a controversial performance artist (played by Terry Notary) makes guests at a black-tie art gala very uncomfortable. “You know I love awkward situations,” the director said.
Goteborg’s audience of industry experts commented that they were impressed by the confidence of the unnerving scene, which showed Ostlund working on a bigger scale even than his last hit, Force Majeure.
At a festival session later for the public, Ostlund previewed a second clip from the film, in which a museum director (Claes Bang) delivers a self-centered video apology to a boy he had accused of being a thief.
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Goteborg — Swedish helmer-writer Amanda Kernell’s debut feature “Sámi Blood” came away a big winner at the 40th Goteborg Film Festival, scoring the generously endowed (approx. $114,000) Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film.
“Sámi Blood” tells the story of a teenage Sámi girl, Elle Marja (Lene Cecilia Sparrok), who resolves to leave behind her Sámi identity and find a new life in Uppsala during the 1930s. The film, recently acquired for U.S. release by Synergistic Distribution, also claimed the Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award for DoP Sophia Olsson.
The Swedish premiere of “Sámi Blood” capped the fest’s special focus on Sámi filmmaking. Kernell, who is herself of Sámi heritage, will soon screen the film for Sámi elders in Lapland. The fest also world-preemed Kernell’s excellent 30-minute short “I Will Always Love You Conny” in a showcase of five new films funded by Moving Sweden’s micro-budget scheme.
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Actress, writer, and advocate Carrie Fisher passed away after a heart attack at the age of 60, and just one day later, on Dec. 28, her mother, legendary Hollywood actress Debbie Reynolds, also passed away after suffering a stroke. Debbie was rushed to La's Cedar-Sinai Hospital after complaints of trouble breathing. After her passing, her son and Carrie's brother, Todd Fisher, confirmed that she was "now with Carrie" and "we're all heartbroken." He added that his sister's death "was too much" for the 84-year-old Singin' in the Rain star. In the wake of Carrie's death on Dec. 27, Debbie released a heartfelt statement: "Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love, Carries Mother." Related:Celebrities Post Heartbreaking Tributes to the Late Debbie ReynoldsCelebrities React to Carrie Fisher »
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Janus Metz Pederson (“Armadillo”)’s “Borg vs McEnroe” with Shia Labeouf, and Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” with Elisabeth Moss are among the most anticipated Scandinavian work-in-progress titles set for the Nordic Film Market hosted during Goteborg Film Festival’s industry days.
Both films are part of the 18 work-in-progress features selected by Cia Edström, Goteborg’s head of industry, and her team.
“Borg vs McEnroe” stars up-and-comer Sverrir Gudnason (“Monica Z”) as Swedish player Bjorn Borg and Labeouf as John McEnroe. The film chronicles the 1980 Wimbledon final and sheds light on the two tennis stars’ complex relationship and rivalry.Tre Vanner and Sf Studios are producing, while Svensk handles international sales.
“The Square,” meanwhile, is a satirical film turning on the creative director of a museum who is desperate to build some buzz around an upcoming exhibition and decides to hire a PR agency which has no boundaries. The film is produced by Plattform Produktion. »
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A total of 18 work in progress projects will participate in this year’s Nordic Film Market.Scroll down for full line up
The works in progress titles set to take part in this year’s Nordic Film Market (Feb 2-5) at the Goteborg Film Festival (Jan 27 – Feb 6) have been revealed.
Sf International is handling international sales and has already tied up multiple deals including Curzon Artificial Eye for the UK and Nordisk Film for Scandinavia.
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The Chimera Brigade, so far, has been a little schizophrenic in that it has consistently been gorgeous to look at, but lacking anything of substance in terms of consistent story and plot when scrutinised too closely. There are plenty of fine ideas floating around, ones that a writer like Alan Moore could hit several home runs with, but focusing those characters and stories into a coherent story seems to be a struggle for Lehman and Colin, the co-writers. A major problem is that it is too ‘busy’, literally bursting at the seams with characters and scenarios, but not doing justice to any.
Last issue saw a lot of pieces being put into position, with The Eye, George Spad, and Dr Severac (known as The Broken Man) playing the major roles. The Radium Institute ( who seem to be the good guys, »
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