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The Bridge 2 ends on Saturday, having rekindled our passion for all things Nordic. Kim Bodnia, one half of TV's oddest cop couple, tries to get his head round the show's runaway success
On Saturday night, an estimated one million Britons will sit down for two hours to watch the finale of a 10-part cop drama, The Bridge, filmed in two languages (Swedish and Danish) that they've never even aspired to understand, still less speak.
Many more will have set their hard drives, and will struggle to get through the weekend trying not to learn how TV's most diverting odd couple, Malmö detective Saga Norén and her Copenhagen counterpart Martin Rohde, will solve the case of the eco-terrorists who've been poisoning their blameless citizens with pneumonic plague virus.
What's going on? Surely the Scandi-drama cupboard is bare, having been raided so many times in recent years by BBC4 commissioning editors desperate »
- Stuart Jeffries
Oscar foreign-language film nominations have in the past tended to be dramas centering around families, the Holocaust or both. European countries, meanwhile, have tended to dominate the race. This year the nominations are more diverse, with the films split in two ways. First there’s the geographical divide with three entries from Europe — Denmark’s “The Hunt,” Belgium’s “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Italy’s “The Great Beauty” — and two from Asia — Palestine’s “Omar” and Cambodia’s “The Missing Picture.”
But the films can also be grouped by topic. “The Missing Picture” and “Omar” center around warfare, whether in the past, as is the case of the former, or the ongoing struggle in the Middle East, as in the latter.
Rithy Panh’s “Picture,” which took the top prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section last May, lists the atrocities that the then-13-year-old helmer witnessed inflicted on his »
- Shalini Dore
Exclusive: Anna Karenina star in talks to play lead in Rotterdam CineMart project.
Alicia Vikander, the Swedish star of Anna Karenina and A Royal Affair, is in talks to play the female lead in Iffr CineMart project Alina, to be directed by Björne Larson and expected to shoot later this year.
The film is produced by Helena Danielsson of Hepp Film International Ab
David Dencik, the Swedish-Danish actor who co-starred in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, is also in the frame to appear in the film, which will be executive produced by Daniel Espinosa (Easy Money, Child 44).
Alina is a thriller in the mould of The Godfather. It is based on the play The Fourth Month by Björn Boström. Mogens Rukov (Festen) is the script consultant on the film which is co-scripted by Larson.
The $3m drama is about a young man forced to to choose between his love for his for his sister and the deadly »
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Certain charges can never be lived down, but will return to haunt you again and again. This is a central theme of Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s brilliantly disturbing “The Hunt,” which has been nominated for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar. It centers on Mads Mikkelsen as a man wrongly accused of child molestation. The subject matter also haunts Vinterberg’s body of work, which came to international prominence with 1998’s “The Celebration,” a portrait of a family reunion gone to hell when memories of pedophilia rise to the surface.Lucas (Mikkelsen) is a fortysomething in the wake of an acrimonious divorce and the loss of his job as a school teacher. To make ends meet, he works at a local kindergarten, a temporary job he obviously enjoys. He has a natural way with young children, and a saintly patience for five-year-olds using him as a jungle gym, calling on him »
- Beth Hanna
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to "The Notebook," Hungary's entry for Best Foreign Language Film (not the Ryan Gosling-starring weepie). The film, directed by Janos Szasz ("The Witman Boys"), won the top prize at the 2013 Karlovy Vary Film Festival, where it world premiered. "The Notebook" is one of the nine selected foreign films vying for an Oscar nomination. Here's the synopsis per Sony: Set on the onset of WWII, "The Notebook," which stars Ulrich Thomsen ("The Celebration") and Ulrich Matthes ("Downfall"), tells the story of thirteen year old twins abandoned by their parents and forced to live with their cruel grandmother in a village on the Hungarian border. Studying the evil surrounding them, the twins learn to rely on their loyalty to one another, ultimately surviving in the face of challenging circumstances. Sony Pictures Classics stated, "We have wanted to buy this film following its successful showings at the Toronto Film. »
- Nigel M Smith
Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired the North American rights to The Notebook, the Hungarian entry for Best Foreign Language Film. The film is directed by János Szász (Woyzeck, The Witman Boys), shot by Academy Award nominated Christian Berger (The White Ribbon, Cache) and is produced by Intuit Pictures, in co-production with Hunnia Filmstudio, Amour Fou and Dolce Vita Films.
Here's what János Szász had to say in a brief statement.
"To make this movie was a wonderful and a painful journey for me, like a time machine, took me back into the war time. The jungle of fear and immorality."
Sony Pictures Classics issued their own statement.
"We have wanted to buy this film following its successful showings at the Toronto Film Festival. We have never really seen a movie quite like this. Based on a famous European novel, The Notebook portrays »
As expected, frequent foreign Oscar distributor Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American rights to World War II drama "The Notebook," the shortlisted Hungarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. The film is directed by Janos Szasz ("Woyzech") and shot by Christian Berger (nominated for Michael Haneke's "White Ribbon"). "To make this movie was a wonderful and a painful journey for me, like a time machine, took me back into the war time," said Director Janos Szasz. "The jungle of fear and immorality." The official synopsis is below. Set on the onset of WWII, The Notebook, which stars Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration) and Ulrich Matthes (Downfall), tells the story of thirteen year old twins abandoned by their parents and forced to live with their cruel grandmother in a village on the Hungarian border. Studying the evil surrounding them, the twins learn to rely on their loyalty to one another, »
- Anne Thompson
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