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Lars von Trier’s Production Company Accused of Allowing Sexual Harassment and Bullying

Lars von Trier’s Production Company Accused of Allowing Sexual Harassment and Bullying
Zentropa, the leading Scandinavia production company founded by Lars von Trier and Peter Aalbæk Jensen, has been accused by nine Danish women of fostering an environment where sexual harassment, degradation and bullying are rife.

A report in the Danish newspaper Politiken published allegations of a toxic workplace environment by women including Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen, who worked at Zentropa from 2006 to 2010 and produced von Trier’s “Antichrist” and “Melancholia,” and Anna Mette Lundtofte, a writer and journalist who worked at Zentropa for three years before publishing the book “Zentropia” in 2013.

“I think that everyone who has been employed by Zentropa has been exposed to or witnessed certain things – both sexually charged acts and bullying or ‘teasing.’ All of this was an ingrained part of the culture,” said Foldager Sørensen, who went on to found Sam Productions with Soren Sveistrup (“The Killing”) and Adam Price (“Borgen”).

Lundtofte said she “saw women being degraded” at Zentropa.

“According to the
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First look at Rafe Spall in comedy Denmark

BBC Films, Ffilm Cymru Wales and WestEnd Films today release a first look at Rafe Spall (The Big Short, The Bfg) as Herb in Denmark, the upcoming comedy from director Adrian Shergold (Funny Cow, Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman, Mad Dogs).

Herb (Rafe Spall) can fix pretty much anything, a broken clock, a radio, the only thing he can’t fix is his own life. He’s out of work, he can only just afford a birthday card for his son, the loud neighbours keep him awake day and night, the local kids have just mugged him for his trainers – and it’s raining. Herb has had enough. Sitting in his cold flat in soggy socks, physically and mentally bruised, he knows he has to do something to turn his luck around. When he stumbles on a TV programme about the luxury of Danish prisons Herb finds the answer he’s been looking for: organic food,
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Sidse Babett Knudsen on Her Conversion to TV Drama

Sidse Babett Knudsen on Her Conversion to TV Drama
Cannes — Compared to the composed frosted figure of Denmark’s prime minister which her character Birgitte Nyborg occasionally achieves when in “Borgen,” at least when signing papers behind a sober desk, Sidse Babett Knudsen, probably Denmark’s most famous actress, comes across in person, sitting on a sofa at a Cannes beachside restaurant, as younger, livelier, enthusiastic — “Yes!” “Yes!,” she exclaims, leaning forward in the seat, in hearty agreement at the interviewer’s flailing questions — and with a far larger sense of humor.

She also seemed thrilled to have just been announced as the official patron of the first CanneSeries TV festival, which will unspool next April 4-11.

In serving as its patron, it could be argued that she is giving back to TV something of what TV has given to her.

“I’m a film person,” Babett Nielsen says of career that takes in Susanne Bier’s 2006 Oscar-nominated “After the Wedding” and Peter Strickland’s “[link
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Canneseries TV Festival Details Competition Eligibility, and What’s In Store As It Launches Next April

Canneseries TV Festival Details Competition Eligibility, and What’s In Store As It Launches Next April
Canneseries, the new TV festival set to launch in April during the Mip TV market, will be open for submissions starting next month.

Organizers revealed plans and a timetable for the festival during a press conference Monday in Cannes. They also announced that Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen (“Borgen”) would serve as patron for the inaugural Canneseries event.

“It’s an exciting moment for us,” said artistic director Albin Lewi, who unveiled the setup for Canneseries along side president Fleur Pellerin and managing director Benoît Louvet. ” It was just ideas six months ago. Now we are real and really ambitious.”

Canneseries will run from April 4 to 11 next year in the city of Cannes, with the official competition set to take place between April 7 and 11 at the Auditorium Lumiére in the Palais des Festivals.

Read More:Cannes Tackles Television: Why a Global TV Festival Could Be a Gamechanger

The competition will present 10 world premiere series,
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Canneseries TV Festival Details Competition Eligibility, and What’s In Store As It Launches Next April

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Canneseries TV Festival Details Competition Eligibility, and What’s In Store As It Launches Next April
Canneseries, the new TV festival set to launch in April during the Mip TV market, will be open for submissions starting next month.

Organizers revealed plans and a timetable for the festival during a press conference Monday in Cannes. They also announced that Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen (“Borgen”) would serve as patron for the inaugural Canneseries event.

“It’s an exciting moment for us,” said artistic director Albin Lewi, who unveiled the setup for Canneseries along side president Fleur Pellerin and managing director Benoît Louvet. ” It was just ideas six months ago. Now we are real and really ambitious.”

Canneseries will run from April 4 to 11 next year in the city of Cannes, with the official competition set to take place between April 7 and 11 at the Auditorium Lumiére in the Palais des Festivals.

Read More:Cannes Tackles Television: Why a Global TV Festival Could Be a Gamechanger

The competition will present 10 world premiere series,
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Female Filmmakers Out in Force at 6th Finnish Film Affair

Female Filmmakers Out in Force at 6th Finnish Film Affair
Female filmmakers will be out in force with a record number of completed films and projects at the 6th Finnish Film Affair, an increasingly popular film showcase set in Helsinki.

As many as 22 women-directed pics will be presented at the Finnish Film Affair this year. Among the filmmakers is Selma Vilhunen, who earned an Oscar nomination in 2014 with her short “Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?” and will be on hand to pitch her second film, “Stupid Young Heart,” as well as present her documentary feature “Hobbyhorse Revolution.” Another promising female director, Kaisa El Ramly, will pitch “Scenes from a Dying Town,” one of the projects to be presented in the Work-in-Progress sidebar.

Other anticipated Work-in-Progress titles include Jakub Wrónski and Ira Karpelan’s animated film “Moomins and the Winter Wonderland,” featuring the voices of Alicia Vikander and Stellan Skarsgard, and Arto Halonen’s “Guardian Angel,” with Danish superstar Pilou Asbaek attached to star.

The
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Nordic Content Powers Up Haugesund Market

Haugesund, Norway — A record number of 440 Nordic and international film professionals have registered for the 23rd New Nordic Films market at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, now the largest Nordic film market.

It opens on Tuesday Aug. 22 at Haugesund’s Edda Theatre with the announcement of the nominations for the Nordic Council Film Prize, one of the largest and most prestigious awards in the Nordic countries.

“In the last couple of years, the international focus on Nordic content has been increasing, which is the main reason for the growing participation,” said market director Gyda Velvin Myklebust, who has been in charge of the operation for 15 years.

She added that another reason was the market’s presentation of films “on four levels”: Graduation movies from Nordic film schools; screenplays for new features; works-in-progress and completed features – as well as the projects in the Nordic Co-Production and Finance Market.”

Danish
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Scandinavian 2017: Nordic Film Festival Brings TV Noir Director To Australia

The Scandinavian Film Festival is on its way and will feature twenty films hailing from different parts of the Nordic. Some of the films on offer dabble in Noir, and with the recent boom of the 'Nordic Noir' craze hitting Australia, it is fitting that the festival has chosen such a fascinating and high-profile guest. More after the bump. Presented by Palace Cinemas, the fourth Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival which kicks off nationally on 11 July will welcome renowned prolific Danish director/writer Charlotte Sieling (The Killing, Borgen, The Bridge, Homeland) to Sydney and Melbourne with her film The Man, a satire exploring an intergenerational rivalry in the trendy Copenhagen arts scene. Celebrity artist Simon Brahe (Søren Malling) is “The Man” of the Copenhagen arts scene....

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15 Takeaways from Conecta Fiction

Santiago De Compostela, Spain — A higgledy-piggledy maze of cobbled streets, granite-stoned convents and white veranda towns houses, Santiago seems suspended in time. Over June 20-23, it bore witness at Conecta Fiction, an inaugural TV forum, to a revolution: That of scripted TV and nascent Latin America-Europe co-production. The two-and-a-half days were so packed with events as to make nigh impossible much on-site reporting. Following, in retrospect, 15 takeaways from the first-ever Conecta Fiction meet.

1.Latin America-europe TV Co-production: An Imperious Necessity

A boutique Latin America-Europe drama TV co-production forum, Conecta Forum brought together a swathe of high-caliber Latin America channel, broadcaster and fiction TV heads with producers and counterparts in Spain, plus a choice presence of largely French commissioning editors and producers from the rest of Europe. Many, maybe most, had never met. Nearly all sang the virtues, and necessity of international TV co-production. “A few years ago there were no international co-productions, now
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California buys world rights for Danish thriller '3 Things'

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen star.

California Filmes have acquired worldwide distribution rights (excluding Scandinavia) for 3 Things from TrustNordisk.

The deal was negotiated between Senior Sales Manager at TrustNordisk, Nicolai Korsgaard and Vice-president at California Filmes, Claiton Fernandes.

Jens Dahl makes his feature directorial debut with the stylish thriller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Borgen).

The contained story is set mostly in a hotel, where police negotiate a witness protection deal with an explosives expert who is a robbery suspect. The man has three demands from the police, including that his former girlfriend is brought to him.

California Filmes is a dear and long-time partner for us and we are happy and confident that they will release the movie with great success - they were keen and excited about 3 Things from the very beginning when we presented the film, and we are sure that they will do a great job with
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Movie Review: The Commune is just a midlife crisis with more characters

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On paper, The Commune sounds like a potentially great idea. Director Thomas Vinterberg’s career can charitably be described as erratic—anyone still dimly recall It’s All About Love, a sci-fi romance starring Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes, and Sean Penn?—but his one undisputed triumph, 1998’s The Celebration, deftly orchestrated chaos within a large ensemble cast. Communal living ought to be right up his alley. What’s more, it turns out that Vinterberg actually grew up in a Danish commune and based the screenplay (co-written with Tobias Lindholm, one of the creators of Borgen), at least in part, on his own childhood memories. So it’s doubly bizarre that The Commune all but ignores its ostensible subject. Rather than portray a turbulent group dynamic, the film focuses on the marital woes of one particular couple, squandering its novel milieu on a banal conflict that would play out similarly ...
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Studiocanal Promotes Anne Cherel to International Sales Head of Current Movies

Part of an internal reorganization at Vivendi’s Studiocanal, one of Europe’s biggest film-tv companies, Anne Cherel has been promoted to head of international sales for current movies.

Cherel served from 2012 as Svp, international sales, at Studiocanal where she enjoyed a close working relationship with Anna Marsh, promoted in March to Studiocanal head of distribution for film and TV. Cherel will continue to report to Anna Marsh, taking over the sales activities previously overseen by Marsh when she was head of international film sales.

Cherel’s appointment comes a month after Yann Le Prado, the former CEO of Havas Productions, was named head of catalog at Studiocanal. Le Prado’s appointment coincides with European film-tv giant’s creation of three operational divisions: Film-tv production, distribution and catalog.

Marsh and Le Prado both report to Studiocanal chairman-ceo Didier Lupfer, who will be directly responsible for production, his central career focus and a priority for Vivendi and Studiocanal
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Studiocanal Promotes Anne Cherel to International Sales Head of Current Movies

Part of an internal reorganization at Vivendi’s Studiocanal, one of Europe’s biggest film-tv companies, Anne Cherel has been promoted to head of international sales for current movies.

Cherel served from 2012 as Svp, international sales, at Studiocanal where she enjoyed a close working relationship with Anna Marsh, promoted in March to Studiocanal head of distribution for film and TV. Cherel will continue to report to Anna Marsh, taking over the sales activities previously overseen by Marsh when she was head of international film sales.

Cherel’s appointment comes a month after Yann Le Prado, the former CEO of Havas Productions, was named head of catalog at Studiocanal. Le Prado’s appointment coincides with European film-tv giant’s creation of three operational divisions: Film-tv production, distribution and catalog.

Marsh and Le Prado both report to Studiocanal chairman-ceo Didier Lupfer, who will be directly responsible for production, his central career focus
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Series Mania: Kasper Barfoed on Terrorist Hostage Thriller ‘Below the Surface’

Series Mania: Kasper Barfoed on Terrorist Hostage Thriller ‘Below the Surface’
Discovery Networks Denmark’s Kanal 5 has stepped firmly into Danish drama with the high-end thriller “Below the Surface,” sold by Studiocanal and produced by Sam Productions, a company launched by Adam Price, creator of “Borgen,” “The Killing’s” creator Soren Sveistrup and “Melancholia” producer Meta Louise Foldager.

From an idea by Price and Sveistrup, “Below the Surface” is show-run by Kasper Barfoed and produced by Sam for Discovery in co-production with Germany’s Zdf. It revolves around a hostage situation in the middle of Copenhagen which slowly unveils the true nature of not only the hostages and captors but the community that follows the violent event as well. Weaving back and forth between a high-paced thriller and character drama it is largely the work of Barfoed, who has directed five feature films and a dozen TV episodes. Its tension builds from minute one. Bowing earlier this month on Kanal 5, its
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Exclusive Interview with Follow the Money writer Jeppe Gjervig Gram

Paul Risker chats with Follow the Money writer Jeppe Gjervig Gram

“Back when we did Borgen everyone told us that it would not be possible to take boring Danish coalition politics and make it into a drama – it couldn’t be done” remembers series writer Jeppe Gjervig Gram. From the drama of Danish politics that was lauded by critics and audiences alike, Gram went onto the new challenge of corporate crime drama Follow the Money. Yet the creator and writer of Nordic Noir’s only white collar crime drama series acknowledges the importance of Borgen, that instilled in him a confidence by achieving that which was said to be impossible. “Somehow we managed to and inspired by that experience I felt that we could do it with finance as well.”

The second season continues shortly after the events of the first. While Gram transposes the setting of the major company
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MIPTV Feels Full Impact of Digital TV Revolution

MIPTV Feels Full Impact of Digital TV Revolution
Cannes — Graced by enticing pre-l.A. screenings of Disney and Lionsgate shows and large excitement at sneak-peaked scenes from Adam Price’s “Ride Upon the Storm” and Tom Tykwer’s “Babylon Berlin,” 2017’s MipTV trade fair underscored why Hollywood still dominates much of global TV, as well as the new raised bar of ambition of European dramas.

Amazon’s Roy Price laid out plans for Amazon to drive into more originals, though he did not go into specifics. Both Amazon and Netflix took meetings with key content suppliers at MipTV. Meanwhile, MipTV caught the TV business, and indeed the world, in vertiginous transition, thanks in business terms to a phenomenon little short of a revolution: the global broadcast of foreign-language shows, currently driven by Netflix.

Change, however, goes beyond that. Not for nothing, The Wit’s Virginia Mouseler drilled down in a Wednesday Fresh TV Fiction on 2017 as the “Year of Trans-Genre,
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TV drama made for smart-phones is round the corner

Companies like AwesomenessTV and go90 are focusing on the first generation of “true digital natives”.

High-end drama took centre stage at Miptv this week with Sky Atlantic’s Riviera, Japanese thriller Crisis and works-in-progress such as Tom Tykwer’s Babylon Berlin and Ride Upon The Storm, from Borgen creator Adam Price, among the titles previewing on the big screen at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

And fiction overall continues to dominate the global content market, accounting for 43% of top performing shows world-wide (excluding sport) in 2016, according to the annual global TV trends report of audience monitor Eurodata TV Worldwide which was released during the market.

It is a figure that bodes well for the high-end drama boom but in the backdrop the same report highlighted the continuing decline of real-time viewing in favour of catch-up and personal recording. As well as, more significantly, the move away from the TV set in favour of smart-phones, tablets and computers
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Miptv: TV drama made for smart-phones is round the corner

Companies like AwesomenessTV and go90 are focusing on the first generation of “true digital natives”.

High-end drama took centre stage at Miptv this week with Sky Atlantic’s Riviera, Japanese thriller Crisis and works-in-progress such as Tom Tykwer’s Babylon Berlin and Ride Upon The Storm, from Borgen creator Adam Price, among the titles previewing on the big screen at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

And fiction overall continues to dominate the global content market, accounting for 43% of top performing shows world-wide (excluding sport) in 2016, according to the annual global TV trends report of audience monitor Eurodata TV Worldwide which was released during the market.

It is a figure that bodes well for the high-end drama boom but in the backdrop the same report highlighted the continuing decline of real-time viewing in favour of catch-up and personal recording. As well as, more significantly, the move away from the TV set in favour of smart-phones, tablets and computers
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MipTV: Canal Plus-Studiocanal’s ’Baron Noir’ Taken for U.S. by Walter Presents (Exclusive)

Cannes — Studiocanal has secured U.S. distribution for Canal Plus Original “Baron Noir” via Walter Presents, the new U.S. Svod platform for the best of foreign-language drama from around the world .

The Canal Plus Creation Originale series, whose second season is now in development, has recentlybeen acquired by Sony Entertainment Television for Germany, where it will launch on April 6, as well as by Sbs Australia and Amazon Prime in the U.K.

Toplining Gallic comedian Kad Merad, the star of Dany Boon’s “Welcome to the Sticks,” the highest-grossing French film ever in France, the eight-part “Baron Noir” turns on French politician Philippe Rickwaert’s (Merad), who is sacrificed by the presidential candidate from the left, Francis Laugier (Niels Arestrup), in order to save his election bid.

Planning to wreak revenge, Rickwaert forges a machiavellian alliance with Laugier’s closest advisor, Amélie Dorendeu (Anna Mouglalis) as he unleashes the full arsenal of his political skills – Deceit
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‘Ride Upon the Storm,’ ‘Babylon Berlin’ Top 2nd MipDrama Screenings

‘Ride Upon the Storm,’ ‘Babylon Berlin’ Top 2nd MipDrama Screenings
Cannes — Two eagerly-anticipated shows which underscore the ambitions of high-end European TV drama – “Ride Upon the Storm,” from “Borgen” creator Adam Price, and “Babylon Berlin,” co-directed by “Cloud Atlas’” Tom Tykwer – topped Sunday’s 2nd MipDrama Screenings, the jewel in MipTV’s industry crown.

BBC’s “Clique,” Globo’s “Jailers” and “Missions,” airing on pay TV Ocs in France, also scored prizes whose allotment underlined the current market demand, in the words of multiple jurors, for “bold,” “different” shows with distinctive voices.

On these scores, both ““Ride Upon the Storm” and “Babylon Berlin” delivered. Created and lead written by Price, “Ride Upon the Storm,” a contemporary faith-fused family drama sold by Studiocanal, won two of the three plaudits it competed for: Both the TV Critics’ Jury and Buyers’ Coup de Coeur Award for series screened as works in progress.

Sneak-peaked at Cannes via a 15-minute scene assembly and two-and-a-half minute trailer presented by Price and series star
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