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Filmart: LevelK scores with Finnish action drama 'Law Of The Land'

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Filmart: LevelK scores with Finnish action drama 'Law Of The Land'
Exclusive: Sales company inks raft of deals on Finland-Norway co-production.

LevelK has closed a first round of deals for debut feature director Jussi Hiltunen’s action drama Law Of The Land, starring award-winning actor Ville Virtanen (Sauna, Bad Family).

The Finland-Norway co-production sold to China (Lemon Tree Media), Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Just Entertainment) and Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Moldova, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania and Bulgaria (HBO Central Europe).

Set in the Arctic desert of the North on either side of the Finland-Sweden border, Law Of The Land is a “modern western” that follows Lasse, a retiring policeman who gets caught up between his legitimate and illegitimate sons who are trying to kill each other. With the conflict filling the area with an atmosphere of vengeance, Lasse is forced to confront his past mistakes as he tries to prevent violence.

The film also features Antti Holma, Mikko Neuvonen and longtime
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Jonas Arnby, Ulrika Bengts films selected for Nordic Genre Boost

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Jonas Arnby, Ulrika Bengts films selected for Nordic Genre Boost
Seven films selected for scheme, which awards projects a $24,000 development fund.

Nordisk Film & TV Fond has confirmed the seven genre film projects selected for its popular Nordic Genre Boost scheme.

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Selections include the second feature from When Animals Dream (pictured) director Jonas Arnby of Denmark; the third feature from Finnish director Ulrika Bengts (The Disciple) and the directorial debut feature of Swedish producer Olivier Guerpillon, whose producing credits include Sound of Noise.

A total of 61 projects applied for the third and final round of Nordic Genre Boost development support.

Each project receives a $24,000 (NOK200,00) development grant, and access to two residential workshops: one held in collaboration with Night Visions International Festival in Helsinki (April 5-9), and a second during New Nordic Films’ Co-Production and Finance Market in Haugesund (Aug 22-25).

Guest tutors at the workshops include Jinga FilmsJulian Richards, Xyz FilmsTodd Brown, Lindsay Peters
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Goteborg: first footage revealed from 'Borg/McEnroe', Ruben Ostlund's 'The Square'

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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.

Another high-profile
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Finnish Film Affair: 'Tom Of Finland', Sherlock Holmes crime series among hot projects

Finnish Film Affair: 'Tom Of Finland', Sherlock Holmes crime series among hot projects
A total of 21 projects are set to be presented at the event, which last year showcased Cannes hit The Happiest Day In The Life of Olli Mäki.

The fifth edition of the Finnish Film Affair runs from September 20 -22. The programme will showcase 40 Finnish titles, screening 24 recent releases and presenting a further 21 films as works in progress, 11 of which are currently in production while 10 are in development.

Expectation is high as it was at the Finnish Film Affair works in progress presentations in 2015 that sales agents and buyers got their first look at Aamu Film Compnay´s The Happiest Day In The Life of Olli Mäki, directed by Juho Kuosmanen, which won the Un Certain Regard best film prize at this year´s Cannes Film Festival.

A jury will select a Best Pitch from the eleven Works in Progress projects. The following projects will be vying for the prize awarded by a jury comprising Sergei Rakhlin, chair
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'Borgen' star joins 'The Eternal Road'

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'Borgen' star joins 'The Eternal Road'
Sidse Babett Knudsen joins cast of Finnish-Swedish-Estonian drama.

Borgen and The Duke Of Burgundy star Sidse Babett Knudsen has joined the cast of The Eternal Road (Ikitie), the Finnish-Swedish-Estonian drama directed by Aj Annila that begins shooting in Estonia today (June 20).

Ilkka Matila produces for Helsinki-based Mrp Matila Rohr Productions while co-producers are Martin Person from Sweden’s Person Anagram and Kristian Taska from Estonia’s Taska Film.

The film, which will shoot for about six weeks between now and January 2017, is based on Antti Tuuri’s bestselling book of the same name; Tuuri has written the screenplay alongside the director.

Tommi Korpela (A Man’s Job) plays Jussi Ketola, an American who returns to his Finnish homeland during the Great Depression. He is abducted by right wing thugs and flees to establish a new life in the Soviet Union where American immigrants take part in building a worker’s paradise until Stalin’s government turns against
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Richard Armitage, Naomie Harris get 'Clearance'

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Richard Armitage, Naomie Harris get 'Clearance'
Exclusive: Umedia boards rights to action-drama set to shoot in South Africa.

The Hobbit star Richard Armitage and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom actress Naomie Harris are to star in action-drama Clearance, from producers Ryan Haidarian (Vehicle 19), Andrew D Corkin (We Are What We Are), Jesse Fryckman (Sauna), and David Murdoch (1 Star).

The English-language debut of Finnish director Aku Louhimies (Frozen Land), which is being sold in Cannes by Umedia International, tells the story of a hardened mine clearance expert (Armitage) and his pregnant partner (Harris) who are kidnapped in South Sudan and must navigate a vast minefield during their escape.

The script comes from Richard Campling and Svet Rouskov (The Colony), with shoot scheduled for South Africa in November 2015.

Umedia has world rights excluding South Africa and Scandinavia. Forefront Media, Uncorked Productions, Solar Films, and Sinner Films produce.

Armitage is currently filming on the third series of Bryan Fuller’s NBC TV series Hannibal while
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Richard Armitage, Naomi Harris get 'Clearance'

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Richard Armitage, Naomi Harris get 'Clearance'
Exclusive: Umedia boards rights to action-drama set to shoot in South Africa.

The Hobbit star Richard Armitage and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom actress Naomi Harris are to star in action-drama Clearance, from producers Ryan Haidarian (Vehicle 19), Andrew D Corkin (We Are What We Are), Jesse Fryckman (Sauna), and David Murdoch (1 Star).

The English-language debut of Finnish director Aku Louhimies (Frozen Land), which is being sold in Cannes by Umedia International, tells the story of a hardened mine clearance expert (Armitage) and his pregnant partner (Harris) who are kidnapped in South Sudan and must navigate a vast minefield during their escape.

The script comes from Richard Campling and Svet Rouskov (The Colony), with shoot scheduled for South Africa in November 2015.

Umedia has world rights excluding South Africa and Scandinavia. Forefront Media, Uncorked Productions, Solar Films, and Sinner Films produce.

Armitage is currently filming on the third series of Bryan Fuller’s NBC TV series Hannibal while
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Sauna Helmer Aj Annila Makes His English Debut With Every Good Boy Does Fine

We have been fans and supporters of Finnish helmer Aj Annila (Jade Warrior, Sauna) in these pages for a great many years now and it would appear that the long wait for his (surprisingly difficult) third film may now be over. After a couple of false starts with other projects Annila will soon be moving into production on a new, English language thriller titled Every Good Boy Does Fine with stars Famke Janssen and Michael Nyqvist. Here's the full announcement:Los Angeles, CA (May 5, 2015) - Michael Nyqvist (John Wick, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) and Famke Janssen (X-men franchise, Taken trilogy) are set to star in the new Hitchcockian thriller Every Good Boy Does Fine, it was announced today by producers Jana Edelbaum and...

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Famke Janssen, Michael Nyqvist to Star in Thriller ‘Every Good Boy Does Fine’

Famke Janssen, Michael Nyqvist to Star in Thriller ‘Every Good Boy Does Fine’
Michael Nyqvist (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) and Famke Janssen (“X-Men,” “Taken”) are set to star in the Hitchcockian thriller “Every Good Boy Does Fine,” it was announced today by producers Jana Edelbaum and Rachel Cohen of iDeal Partners Film Fund and Margo Klewans. Emerging Finnish filmmaker Aj Annila (“Sauna”) will make his English-language feature film debut on the project, which Steve Buscemi and Wren Arthur of Olive Productions are executive producing with Tannaz Anisi, whose 13 Films will sell foreign rights at the Cannes Film Market. Written by Jonathan Dees, “Every Good Boy Does Fine” is a taut thriller about.
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Michael Nyqvist, Famke Janssen Starring in Thriller ‘Every Good Boy Does Fine’

Michael Nyqvist, Famke Janssen Starring in Thriller ‘Every Good Boy Does Fine’
Michael Nyqvist and Famke Janssen will star in the independent thriller “Every Good Boy Does Fine” with shooting set to begin in July.

Producers are Jana Edelbaum and Rachel Cohen of iDeal Partners Film Fund, and Margo Klewans. Steve Buscemi and Wren Arthur of Olive Productions are executive producing.

Finnish filmmaker Aj Annila (“Sauna”) will make his English language feature film debut on the project, scripted by Jonathan Dees. 13 Films’ Tannaz Anisi is exec producing and representing international rights, which will go on sale at the Cannes Film Market. The producers hold the U.S. rights.

The story centers on a piano prodigy who hates practicing until he meets a music professor who recognizes the untapped potential in the adolescent boy — who increasingly suspects that his mentor is the serial killer that has been targeting musicians.

Nyqvist is most recognized for his role as Mikael Blomkvist in the original Swedish
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Watch Vladimir Putin Character Dance in Teaser for 'Iron Sky: The Coming Race'

Watch Vladimir Putin Character Dance in Teaser for 'Iron Sky: The Coming Race'
A bare-chested Vladimir Putin busts a move in the new teaser for Iron Sky :The Coming Race. The Russian president will be one of the villains in the crowd-financed sci-fi spoof, the sequel to 2012 feature Iron Sky. In a new teaser for the film, producers give a sneak peek at their Putin character, played by Finnish actor Kari Ketonen (Sauna). The teaser shows Putin in his office at the Kremlin, taping together a new map of Europe, featuring a continent-spanning greater Russia. As the soundtrack swells, Putin stands up, tears off his shirt and starts

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‘The Pyramid’ Trailer: Ancient Egyptian Evil Rising

The Pyramid is the latest horror movie carrying the name of Alexandre Aja (Hills Have Eyes, Horns) – though the famed horror filmmaker is only in a producing capacity this time. Sitting in the director’s chair is Grégory Levasseur, who has been the writer of many of Aja’s films, including High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes and Mirrors. It’s admittedly Levasseur’s directorial debut, but the experience in the genre is definitely there, and with Aja pitching in, expectations should be set higher than most other freshman horror projects.

As for the actual film: The Pyramid follows a cast of characters who enter a newfound pyramid in the Egyptian desert. However, as they begin exploring the labyrinthine structure, they quickly realize that what they are actually standing in is a sort of prison – and what that prison is keeping trapped ...

Click to continue reading ‘The Pyramid’ Trailer: Ancient
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Resident Evil 6 cast and title latest

News Simon Brew 22 Apr 2014 - 07:23

The sixth Resident Evil film may be called Resident Evil Rising. And Bingbing Li is set to return, says director Paul W S Anderson.

With his latest film, Pompeii, struggling to make much a dent at the Us box office earlier in the year, writer-director Paul W S Anderson is turning his attention to the sixth and apparently final film in the Resident Evil movie franchise.

It's already known and expected that Milla Jovovich will be reprising the role of Alice once again, but Anderson has also now said that he hopes Bingbing Li will also be back. She will be playing Ada Wong again, with the narrative following the venture to The Hive, "where The Red Queen plots total destruction over the human race".

The Tracking Board has revealed that the title for the new film is apparently Resident Evil Rising (although this
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First Clip from We Are What We Are, Sequel & Prequel News

We Are What We Are, Jim Mickle's remake of Jorge Grau's film, is hitting Cannes and, inside, you can check out a clip.  eOne has already taken U.S. rights to the flick.  We're just awaiting a release date.

Meanwhile, Aj Annila (Sauna) has been enlisted to direct a prequel to Mickle's remake, says Screen Daily.  The film will be called What We Were.  Jorge Grau is currently at work on a treatment for and will direct a sequel.

Memento Films International is handling sales at Cannes.

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Sauna Director Aj Annila to Helm We Are What We Are Prequel; Sequel Also in Works

Jim Mickle’s English-language remake of the incredible Spanish thriller Somo Lo Que Hay (We Are What We Are [review]) just joined the trilogy parade with the announcement of a prequel and a sequel, the former of which is set to shoot in 2014.

Screen Daily is reporting that Memento Films International is heading up sales on the remake’s sequel and prequel, the latter of which will be helmed by Finnish director Aj Annila. Concerning Annila’s first English-language film, Mickle said “Sauna is one of my favorite movies to come out in the last few years. I think Aj will take this world and the characters and make something personal, unique, and scary as hell. Can’t wait to see it all come to life.”

The prequel, which will be a Finnish-French-us co-production, will be called What We Were and will be written by Nick Damici, who also worked on
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2012 Russian Horror Film Awards Honorees Include Composer Daniel Licht

Film and television composer Daniel Licht will receive Composer of the Year at the Third Annual Russian Horror Film Awards on January 28, 2012, in Moscow. Other honorees include director Stuart Gordon (Stuck), director Aj Annila (Sauna), and actress Jodelle Ferland (Twilight Saga: Eclipse).

From the Press Release:

Supported by the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Russian Cinematography Union, this event honors both native and foreign films, actors, directors, and composers within the horror genre. Past honorees include Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator). Daniel Licht (pictured) will be honored with Composer of the Year for his repertoire within the horror genre, which includes Thinner, Children of the Corn, "Dexter", and the upcoming video game Silent Hill: Downpour score.

Daniel Licht’s scoring approach has solidified him as one of a kind. Licht’s eccentric techniques create an anxious and fearful environment for his most notable work,
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DVD Releases: 'Evil Rising' ('Sauna')

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Evil Rising (also known as 'Sauna' [2008]), the second feature from award winning Finnish director Antti-Jussi Annila, is a challenging horror film with a heavy, exceptionally well-achieved eerie atmosphere that doesn’t let up. Unfortunately, despite his efforts towards evoking supernatural chills, Annila doesn’t appear to have been all that interested in the horror-side of his film, which, with a title like Evil Rising is initially disappointing.

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Evil Rising (aka Sauna) UK DVD review

Antti-Jussi Annila's Sauna (or Evil Rising, for this UK DVD release) is undeniably a very good movie, if a clear case of the director slightly over-reaching after his magnificent (and sadly under-rated) debut, Jade Warrior. That film leant heavily on style over substance, but it was absolutely beautifully constructed and so clearly heartfelt it made something lasting and profound out of what was a fairly simple story. Sauna tries for cerebral and searching, only it doesn't quite manage to convince. It's a bitter, cynical little morality play where it's clear none of the cast are going to get off lightly, but Annila doesn't really introduce them well enough for this to have the impact it ought to. Couple that with the very specific period setting...
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Film Shots: Evil Rising, Slaughter High, Siren, and The Funhouse

Evil Rising Although name changes for foreign films can sometimes be a little baffling, Finnish horror “Evil Rising” is one of the few cases where it’s probably justified, as although its new moniker may sound depressingly generic, the original title “Sauna” really just conjures too many inappropriate and misleading images. The 2008 film was helmed by award-winning director Antti-Jussi Annila of “Jade Warrior” fame, and having garnered a fair amount of praise on the festival circuit now arrives on region 2 DVD through Matchbox Films. The film is set in 1595 and kicks off not long after the end of a long and bitter war between Russia and Sweden, following brothers called Erik and Knut who are part of a group of men from the two countries charged with marking out the new borders. Their task leads them through the harsh, snowy wilderness and brings out the worst in the two, leading
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Evil Rising on to DVD on July 25

If you're a fan of European films and their raw, visceral and very un-Hollywood approach, you will be interested to hear that the atmospheric chiller Evil Rising will be hitting shelves in the UK later this month.

Matchbox Films has announced a DVD release date of July 25 for the Finnish film, which is also known as Sauna and was directed by Antti-Jussi Annila. The official poster, a still from the film and a trailer are included here.

The synopsis says the films is "set in war-ravaged 16th century Europe where the horrors of battle are nothing compared to the darker fears that lurk in an isolated community."

The director subsequently teamed with Splice writer Doug Taylor for an upcoming project called Human, a twist on the werewolf genre in which a wolf is transformed into a man.
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