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Norwegian Director Mikkel Brænne Sandemose’s ‘The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King’ – First of a Movie Trilogy (Exclusive)

Norwegian Director Mikkel Brænne Sandemose’s ‘The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King’ – First of a Movie Trilogy (Exclusive)
Norwegian director Mikkel Brænne Sandemose, whose latest feature, 2013’s “Ragnarok,” received two Amandas, Norway’s national film prize, will open “The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King” (“Askeladden – i Dovregubbens hall”) in Norwegian cinemas on Sept. 29 as the first of a trilogy about the Norwegian national hero.

Credited with such titles as Norwegian director Petter Næss’ 2001 “Elling,” more recently Rasmus A Sivertsen’s “The Christmas of Louis and Luca” and Arild Fröhlich’s “Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder” (2014), will invest $22 million in the three features about the fictional Norwegian character.

A family picture, “The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King,” is co-produced by the Czech Republic’s Sirene Film and Ireland’s Subotica Entertainment on a $7 million budget.

“Obviously we are not only targeting Norwegian cinema-goers, but also international audiences,” said Maipo producer-ceo Synnøve Hørsdal, who decided on a new trilogy after the “Louis & Luca” series was picked up worldwide, mainly
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Beta fired up for Hitler comedy sales

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Beta fired up for Hitler comedy sales
German sales outfit Beta is reporting huge buyer interest in Look Who’s Back; also launching Hevn.

The brash and controversial Hitler comedy by David Wnendt is already proving a runaway box-office success in Germany.

Beta’s Thorsten Ritter has confirmed that the film is “being chased” by UK distributors and that several foreign buyers travelled to Germany in advance of the Afm to check out the film in cinemas and make offers before the market began.

The film’s premise sees Hitler (played by Oliver Masucci) waking up in modern-day Berlin and launching a television career after being universally mistaken for a brilliant comedian. It is based on Timur Vermes’ bestselling 2012 book of the same name, which sold millions of copies in Germany and was translated into twenty-eight languages

At Afm, Beta is also launching its new Nordic noir, Hevn (Revenge) from director Kjersti G. Steinsbø. Based on on the best-selling crime novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen ([link
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Afm: Beta fired up for Hitler comedy sales

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Afm: Beta fired up for Hitler comedy sales
German sales outfit Beta is reporting huge buyer interest in Look Who’s Back; also launching Hevn.

The brash and controversial Hitler comedy by David Wnendt is already proving a runaway box-office success in Germany.

Beta’s Thorsten Ritter has confirmed that the film is “being chased” by UK distributors and that several foreign buyers travelled to Germany in advance of the Afm to check out the film in cinemas and make offers before the market began.

The film’s premise sees Hitler (played by Oliver Masucci) waking up in modern-day Berlin and launching a television career after being universally mistaken for a brilliant comedian. It is based on Timur Vermes’ bestselling 2012 book of the same name, which sold millions of copies in Germany and was translated into twenty-eight languages

At Afm, Beta is also launching its new Nordic noir, Hevn (Revenge) from director Kjersti G. Steinsbø. Based on on the best-selling crime novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen ([link
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Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint Goes ‘Into the White’ in New Trailer

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“Let’s face it, we’re all going to die here.” Fresh from the Battle of Hogwarts, Daniel Radcliffe is battling The Woman in Black, while Rupert Grint soldiers on in the World War II drama, Into the White. Norwegian filmmaker Petter Næss, who helmed the phenomenal odd couple comedy Elling, directs this tense tale that is based on actual events. Rupert Grint, Florian Lukas, David Kross, Stig Henrik Hoff and Lachlan Nieboer stars as a group of pilots (some German some English), who — after being shot down — are forced to share an isolated shack to survive the frigid temperature of their Norwegian surroundings. It’s a premise that seems destined to end in much bloodshed. But according to its released synopsis, rather than turning on each others, these thrown together survivors begin to bond, forming a strong though unexpected brotherhood. While the trailer below seems a bit lackluster, I
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Palomar Develops "Joseph," "Elling" Remakes

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Palomar Pictures are developing remakes of last year's French heist movie "Joseph and the Girl" and the 2001 Norwegian film "Elling" reports Variety.

The original 'Joseph' follows an aging con artist who plots a casino heist with the daughter of his former cellmate.

"Killer Elite" director Gary McKendry is helming and co-writing 'Joseph' with Matt Sherring. Shooting will begin in March.

"Elliot", the remake of 'Elling', is based on Ingvar Ambjornsen‘s novel “Blood Brothers” which follows a man in his 40s and his struggle to function normally in society.

Jay Roach, Larry Stuckey and Tom McCarthy are all having a crack at the script.
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Stephen King Novel ‘Rose Madder’ Set For the Screen

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Stephen King Novel ‘Rose Madder’ Set For the Screen
One of the Stephen King novels to elude the forces of film adaptation has been Rose Madder, which combines phantasmagoric fantasy and spousal abuse in a way that is very characteristically King, and seemingly rather difficult to put on the screen. That is changing now, as the 1995 novel is part of a trio of film projects announced at the American Film Market by Palomar Pictures (Brothers, Killer Elite) and Gosvenor Park. The companies will team to remake French heist movie Joseph and the Girl, Norwegian film Elling, and to bring Rose Madder to the screen. Variety [1] says that Naomi Sheridan (co-writer of In America and daughter of director Jim Sheridan) has scripted Rose Madder and that the film is targeted to shoot within the next year and half. Rose Madder follows a woman who leaves her evilly abusive husband after years of being beaten. She sets up a new life
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Sff 2011 Day 2 - Trailer of the Day is Happy, Happy

Today's pick for the Sydney Film Festival Trailer of the Day is the sexy, sexy Happy, Happy. Here's what the Sff Program says about the film: World Cinema Grand Jury Prize-winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Happy, Happy is a sexy comedy that takes delight in indiscretion and snowy romps. Kaja (Agnes Kittelsen) is endlessly chipper (think Poppy in Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky), although sex is in short supply. Her somewhat dour husband, Eirik (Joachim Rafaelsen, Elling) and young son fail to share her enthusiasm when a new couple and their adopted son move in next door. Elisabeth (Maibritt Saerens, Frederikke, Sff 2008) and Sigve (Henrik Rafaelsen) are sophisticated, beautiful and they can sing - in short, they're everything Kaja would like to be...
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More Cast For Thing Prequel

More Cast For Thing Prequel
The upcoming prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing is scuttling towards its production start date like an upside-down head with spider legs. We already knew that Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Death Proof) was heading to Antarctica along with Joel Edgerton ("Uncle" Owen Lars in the Star Wars prequels), but now Shock Til You Drop has the skinny on practically everyone else. The impressively Norse call sheet now includes Dennis Storhøi, who was the "joyous" Herger in The Thirteenth Warrior; Fallen Angels star Trond Espen SeimJørgen Langhelle from Elling; Manhunt's Kristofer Hivju; Stig Henrik HoffJan Gunnar Røise; and Jo Adrian Haavind. And according to Bloody Disgusting, Eric Christian Olsen, who turned up in Eagle Eye, Beerfest and Cellular, has also been cast. The director is Matthijs Van Heijningen, the script has been through the hands of Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D Moore and Eric Heisserer, and there's shamefully very
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Jessica Alba Meets The Little Fockers

Jessica Alba looks set to join the cast of Little Fockers; the third instalment in the Ben Stiller / Robert De Niro-starring comedy saga that began with Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers.According to The Hollywood Reporter she'll play an "attractive pharmaceutical rep" (maybe she strayed in from Love and Other Drugs) who casts some kind of siren spell over Ben, Robert and third series regular Owen Wilson.Also confirmed to reappear are Teri Polo as Stiller's spouse Pamela, and Blythe Danner as Dina, De Niro's other half. The original script was by Larry Stuckey, who was a producer on Meet the Fockers and co-wrote the pure comedy gold that is Elling, but has since been given a pass by Stiller regular John Hamburg. Jay Roach is taking a back seat this time as producer, with Paul Weitz directing.There's still no official word as to whether Dustin Hoffman
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Gone With the Woman

Gone With the Woman
Hollywood Film Festival

Scandinavian filmmakers are known for making somber, heavy opuses drenched in angst and metaphysical meditations, like the great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. But the truth is there has always been another strain of Scandinavian films, whimsical comedies like Kitchen Stories and the Oscar-nominated Elling, directed by Norwegian filmmaker Petter Naess.

Naess' new film Gone With the Woman is in much the same sly comic mode. It has enough appealing touches to score on the festival circuit, though it's a little too mild and precious to capture any significant audience in American theaters. The film is Norway's official submission for this year's foreign-language Oscar.

Woman begins with a gob of narration by the sad-sack hero (Trond Fausa Aurvag) describing the strange onset of his romance with Marianne Marian Saastad Ottesen), who moves in with him despite his indifference. After a series of misadventures, the hero (who is never named) announces, "I decided to fall head over heels in love with her. I would start in the morning."

The course of true love never did run smooth, and after the hero meets an enticing new flame during a whirlwind trip to Paris, and after Marianne takes up with a lover of her own, matters finally wind their tortuous way to the right romantic conclusion.

The story progresses in fits and starts, too often propelled by verbose narration. But Woman benefits from an appealing cast. Aurvag has an off-center charm; he makes us feel for the character's befuddlement. Ottesen is alternately endearing and maddening, and Louise Monot is lovely as the hero's Parisian amour. Peter Stormare provides some of the best moments as the hero's no-nonsense swimming buddy and confidant; the swimming pool and sauna scenes are among the movie's brightest comic interludes.

Naess has unmistakable visual talent, and there are striking images, alternately ironic and idyllic, throughout the movie. There's even a deft bit of animation marking one of the key transitional sequences. Technical credits are strong, and the use of music is inventive. But the whimsy, which might appeal to lovers of films like the cloying Amelie, does get a bit thick. Despite its likable cast and inventive visuals, the film desperately needs a few bold laughs in addition to its mild chuckles.

GONE WITH THE WOMAN

Monster Film

SF Norge, Guttorm Pettersom and Norsk Filmstudio

Credits:

Director: Petter Naess

Screenwriters: Johan Bogaeus, Petter Naess

Based on the novel by: Erlend Lee

Producer: Olav Oen

Director of photography: Marius Johansen Hansen

Art director: Bettina Schroeteler

Music: Aslak Hartberg

Costume designer: Karen Fabritius Gram

Editor: Inge-Lise Langfeldt

Cast:

Hero: Trond Fausa Aurvag

Marianne: Marian Saastad Ottesen

Glenn: Peter Stormare

Mirlinda: Louise Monot

Lollik: Trude Bjercke Strom

Tor: Henrik Mestad

Nidar-Bergene: Anna Gutto

Oberst: Sten Ljunggren

Running time -- 92 minutes

No MPAA rating

Producers ink pact with Millennium

Producers ink pact with Millennium
NEW YORK -- Producers Frank DeMartini and James Acheson have signed a nonexclusive, first-look, five-picture deal with Avi Lerner's Millennium Films. The pact provides Acheson and DeMartini with full financing, with distribution handled by Millennium. The duo recently wrapped Mozart and the Whale for Millennium, which was penned by Ron Bass and stars Josh Hartnett, Radha Mitchell and Erica Leerhsen. Whale was helmed by Petter Naess (Elling) and centers on a young couple (Hartnett, Mitchell) who have Asperger's syndrome, a type of autism. Additional films in development under the deal include The Pirates of Palawan, a modern-day pirate tale that takes place in the Philippines during the fall of the Marcos regime, and Michael Strogoff, a sweeping epic based on the Jules Verne novel of the same name.

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