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Next project from Danish director of Oscar-nominated The Hunt headed to Toronto.
TrustNordisk is to kick off pre-sales on Thomas Vinterberg’s upcoming film The Commune at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14), where it will be pitched to international buyers for the first time.
The story focuses on the clash between personal desires versus the solidarity and tolerance in a commune in the mid 1970s.
Cast has yet to be announced and shooting is expected to start later this year,
TrustNordisk handles international sales. Nordic distribution by Nordisk Film Distribution. »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Name change follows move into co-production among other developments
Wild Bunch Benelux has been renamed September Film Distribution, effective today (Sept 1).
The film distribution company, founded nearly six years ago by Paris-based Wild Bunch and Pim Hermeling, has since become a leading arthouse distributor with titles such as The Hunt, Melancholia, The Broken Circle Breakdown and Nymphomaniac.
The distributor ended its collaboration with the French company in 2010 but retained the name.
However, several development at the firm have led to the decision to rebrand.
September Film Distribution will continue to focus on the acquisition of director-driven films and release arthouse productions theatrically and on DVD, VOD and other platforms.
But it recently set up a film distribution office in Belgium; purchased the Cartoons movie theatre in Antwerp; and developed large arthouse cinema complex Da Kade in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
It has also set up a production company and has a growing slate of films including Nicole van Kilsdonk’s Ventoux »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The Danish Oscar committee has shortlisted three films, one of which will be submitted as Denmark’s official entry for the 87th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
The films were chosen from a longlist of 18 features and four documentaries. The committee is expected to name the final candidate on Sept 18.
The announcement of the five foreign films nominated for the Oscar will be made on Jan 15, 2015. The awards ceremony will be held on Feb 22, 2015 in the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood.
Speed Walking is set in 1970s Denmark and follows adolescent Martin, whose mother »
Here at Dread Central we love "Hannibal." Honestly, I still think we don't deserve a show as good as it is! If you haven't watched it, please rectify that situation Immediately, if not sooner. With Season 2 about to come home, you have no excuse. Speaking of which...
From the Press Release
Hannibal: Season Two, the next chapter of the smash hit series, will keep viewers on the edge of their seats when it arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and Digital HD September 16th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Based on the characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, Hannibal, from Gaumont International Television in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks, stars Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt) as the iconic Hannibal Lecter, »
- Steve Barton
When we’re first introduced to our 18-year-old protagonist Casper, played by newcomer Gustav Dyekjær Giese, he’s committing a house robbery, a despicable crime, where innocent people such as you and I are the victim. Inevitably, our feelings towards the youngster are cold, as an instant, bad impression is formed. Yet the viewer can’t help but be sympathetic to his plight, as he’s emblematic of a broken community, as Danish filmmaker Michael Noer takes us deep into the unforgiving, criminal underworld of Northwest.
Having built up a reputation for stealing valuable possessions, and selling them on to Jamal (Dulfi Al-Jabouri) and Ali (Ali Abdul Amir Najei), Casper is approached by the shrewd kingpin Bjørn (Roland Møller) to work on his behalf, where the stakes are raised, and the wads of cash thicker. However his affluence is short-lived, as his former associates are seeking revenge for him finding another buyer. »
- Stefan Pape
Danish cinema appears to be going through something of a new wave at present, with something of a contemporary Dogme 95 movement being recreated, with host of brilliantly naturalistic pictures released. At the heart of this revival is Michael Noer, who co-directed R alongside Tobias Lindholm (who had himself made A Hijacking, and written The Hunt), now going solo with the harrowing drama Northwest.
Noer was once a documentarian, and he tells us how that benefited him when tackling a dramatic, narrative feature. He also discusses why he decided to use real criminals and non-professionals actors for this piece.
How did the idea for Northwest first come about?
I’m not really an ideas kind of person, if that makes any sense. What I mean by this, is that I have a documentary background. I met my editor when I went to film school and we’ve always worked together and made maybe 15-20 films, »
- Stefan Pape
To mark the release of Unit One Series Four on 7th July, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
The entire series revolves around an elite mobile police task force called “Unit One” that travel around Denmark helping local police divisions solve sensational crimes, with the cases being based upon actual true-life incidents, such as murders, kidnappings, cross-border sex-trafficking and child pornography.
Unit One asks many questions of the heroes and heroines portrayed in the show, such as what happens to those in real life who have chosen a career such as the ones portrayed in the series? A member of the flying squad is away from home 230 days a year, can a marriage and a family cope with that? What qualifications? What dedication? What kind of team spirit do these men and women possess in order to achieve one of the highest success rates in the world? »
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
Mads Mikkelsen might not be a household name just yet, but he’s slowly building a strong reputation for himself stateside. After a stirring turn in The Hunt, which earned him a ton of awards recognition, and another excellent season of Hannibal, the actor is returning with Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas, which opens in limited release this week.
The medieval epic stars Mikkelsen as the titular horse merchant, who is robbed by a ruthless nobleman. This sets off a chain of irreversible events as Michael resorts to extremes and sets off through the countryside in search of justice.
The film premiered at Cannes this month and while reviews seemed to be split down the middle, most critics praised Mikkelsen for yet another powerful performance, which is something we’ve come to expect from the incredibly talented actor.
Today, we are excited to share with you an »
- Matt Joseph
Itself loosely based on a true story, the 19th century novella by Heinrich von Kleist, “Michael Kohlhaas," has been adapted several times for screen, notably by Volker Schlöndorff in 1969, even spawning “The Jack Bull," a pretty good HBO restaging starring Johns Cusack and Goodman, in 1999. But with Schlöndorff himself telling us in an interview that he considered his version his "biggest failure” it would have seemed that there was still room for the definitive, high-profile, straight-up adaptation. And on paper, that’s what Arnaud de Pallières’ “Michael Kohlhaas” was meant to be -- just check out its impeccable line-up of European stars-with-major-arthouse-appeal: Mads Mikkelsen (last year’s Cannes Best Actor for “The Hunt”), Bruno Ganz (whose sclerotic Hitler in “Downfall” spawned its own remarkably resilient meme) and Denis Lavant (coming off his chameleonic performance in the critically worshipped “Holy Motors”). But stacked with a »
- Jessica Kiang
It's hard to think of any other 48-year-old actors having the kind of moment Mads Mikkelsen currently is. A Cannes winner for his turn in "The Hunt," an American network TV star thanks to his excellent work in "Hannibal," and currently turning heads on the Croisette thanks to the western "The Salvation," pretty much everything the actor touches is worth tuning in to see what he does. And so it goes with "Age Of Uprising: The Legend Of Michael Kohlhaas," and today, we have an exclusive clip from the film. Based on Heinrich von Kleist's 16th century novella, and directed by Arnaud de Pallières, the story follows a horse dealer who rebels against the establishment when two of his animals are illegally confiscated. He soon finds people to back his cause as the situation escalates but not everyone agrees with his tactics. As you'll see in this scene, Michael Kohlhaas »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Studiocanal’s head of international sales Anna Marsh said having Lindholm on hand in Cannes to meet buyers proved crucial. “Tobias met some buyers, it went very very well. The clients really believed in him and the script. We also had a mood reels on the stand to help buyers understand Tobias’ vision. It sparked lots of positive reactions.”
Nordisk is producing while its distribution arm will release the movie in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. Studiocanal will distribute in France, Germany, »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
It's no longer really much of a bold move to call Mads Mikkelsen one of the finest actors working in the world today. A consummate thespian, his performances are always intoxicating to watch, be they in silly pulp-populism when playing Bond's nemesis in Casino Royale, to his devastating turn in the Oscar-nominated, Thomas Vinterberg directed film The Hunt.Mads got his start with his Scorsese to his DeNiro, Nicholas Winding Refn, with their 1996 collaboration in the first Pusher film. In many ways the two are children of the Dogme '95 movement that swept Danish cinema into international focus during that period, the enfants des enfants terribles as it were. In Refn's case, this fact was quite literal, with his father being a noted editor for...
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Exclusive: Maverick Danish producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen has announced details of his new $15m Viking movie The Long Ships – and that long-term collaborator Lars von Trier is planning an action movie.
Speaking at the Film i Vast reception in Cannes, Jensen said The Long Ships (Rode Orm) – directed by Hans Petter Moland (In Order of Disappearance) and scripted by Tobias Lindholm (The Hunt) – will star Stellan Skarsgaard and assorted members of the actor’s family.
“[Stellan] can bring one or two sons, depending on what we need in the story,” said Jensen.
The film will shoot in 2016 in Danish, Swedish and other Scandinavian languages. Zentropa is co-producing with Nordisk.
The Long Ships will be made as “one or two” feature films and as a four-part TV series.
Jensen, who will produce, said: “I haven’t seen a good Viking film in my life. The atmosphere of our story is very much Pirates of the Caribbean goes Viking.”
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
Paris– Underscoring its interest for ambitious new Scandinavian filmmakers, European powerhouse Studiocanal is teaming up with Nordisk Film Production on Tobias Lindholm’s anticipated thriller ‘A War.”
Pic will reunite Lindholm with Pilou Asbæk, the star of “R” and “Hijacking.”
Asbæk stars as Major Claus Michael Pedersen a Danish company commander who is accused of war crime upon his return from Afghanistan. As he comes home to his wife and three children, the soldier is put on a military trial for making the fateful decision to bomb an area, causing the death of 11 Afghan women and children.
Pic is being produced by Tomas Radoor and René Ezra for Nordisk Film Prod. Lindholm is a star helmer-scribe, who notably penned episodes of the hit crimer “Borgen” and Oscar-nominated “The Hunt” directed by Thomas Vinterberg.
Nordisk’s distribution arm will release the movie in Denmark, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Fond as I am of the 1967 John Schlesinger adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Far From the Madding Crowd," which stars Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates as the three men who love headstrong "adventuress" Bathsheba Everdeen (Julie Christie)--the movie is far better than the hilarious trailer below--i am eager to see the new one from writer David Nicholls ("Starter for Ten") and director Thomas Vinterberg ("The Hunt"), starring Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba. Matthias Schoenaerts takes on the farmer role once played by Bates, Michael Sheen is the more mature gentleman who proposes marriage (Finch), and Tom Sturridge is the rakish sergeant (Stamp). I figured the movie would play Cannes May 2014, as it should be finished. Fox Searchlight is dating the period romance for May 1, 2015, so it looks like Vinterberg will take more time with this and skip this year's awards corridor. So we'll have to wait for a while. »
- Anne Thompson
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