The list of competitors for the fest's main award, the Golden St. George, includes Bloody Richard by Italian director Roberta Torre; Soldier's Mementos by South Korea's Kim Jae-han; the French-Belgian film Gaspard at the Wedding, directed by Antony Cordier; The 12th Man by Norway's Harald Zwart; the Latvian-Lithuanian-Polish film Foam at the Mouth, directed by Janis Nords; Night God by Kazakhstan's Adilkhan Yerzhanov; Fortitude by Uzbek director Rashid Malikov; Sergio Trefaut's Rage, co-produced by Portugal,...
The movie tells the true story of Norwegian resistance hero Jan Baalsrud, who was trained by the British to fight the Nazis. It has been a commercial and critical success in Norway, where it was released Dec. 25, 2017, and has sold more than 600,000 tickets.
TrustNordisk has closed deals for the film for Latin America (California Filmes, Global Media Distribution) and Spain (Twelve Oaks Pictures).
It previously sold to film to Germany and all German-speaking territories (Constantin Film), North America (IFC Films), China (Hgc Entertainment), Korea (Atnine Film), the Baltics (Estin Film), the former Yugoslavia (Cinemania Groupicon), Turkey (Sinema TV), the Czech Republic and Slovakia (Cinemart) and Italy (Videa Cde).
The movie marks Zwart’s comeback to Norwegian filmmaking after directing “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” and “The Karate Kid.”
“The 12th Man
2017 will go down as the year of Aku Louhimies’ war film “The Unknown Soldier.” Produced to coincide with the country’s celebration of the centenary of its independence, the Finnish film pulled in more than 10% of the total admissions, despite a late October release. The drama, based on Väino Linna’s literary gem, grossed €13.1 million ($16.2 million), nearly three times the results of the No. 2 title, Disney’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”.
According to preliminary estimates from the Finnish Film Foundation, “The Unknown Soldier” largely contributed to the 9 million general admissions (up 3.4% from 2016), a level not seen since 1983. Film revenues also peaked at €100 million ($124 million), up 9% vs
A strong crop of works in progress projects are set to be presented at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market, which runs Feb 1-4.
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The selection includes new films from Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men), Michael Noer (R), and Anne Sewitsky (Happy Happy).
Presentations of clips by the directors/producers will be made to the industry attendees in Goteborg.
Erlingsson will present his new film Woman At War, an “arthouse action film” about an Icelandic woman on an environmental mission. Noer will discuss his new Danish period drama A Better Life starring Jesper Christensen as an 1850s farmer. Sewitsky will unveil footage of her Sonja Henie biopic Queen Of Ice.
The 17 projects are:
Swoon, dir Mans Marlind and Björn Stein, prod Kristina Aberg (Swe) Bergman, dir Jane Magnusson, prods Mattias Nohrborg, Fredrik Heinig, Cecilia Nessen (Swe) Happy People, dir Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm, prod Jakob Høgel (Den
But the 51-year-old filmmaker regularly returns to his native Scandinavia for a local-language project, including, in 2006 and 2008, the first two installments in soccer comedy franchise Long Flat Balls.
Zwart is back in Europe for his latest, The 12th Man, but the drama, marks a major departure for the director. His first period picture, the movie is also Zwart's first true-life drama: the story of Norwegian resistance hero Jan Baalsrud...
When Hansen took over as CEO in 2008, he launched a restructuring of the company.
”We sold parts of our TV format and our music businesses,” he says. “It was all about getting back to the profitable core of the company and then develop from there. Today Nordisk Film is standing on four pillars: we produce and distribute content, we run leading cinema chains, we distribute Sony’s PlayStation, and we have ventured into a range of new adjacent businesses,
TrustNordisk also pre-sold the film to China (Dd Dream) and Turkey (Euromedia) during Afm. Other deals are in negotiations.
“Darkland” stars Dar Salim (“Exodus,” “Game of Thrones”) as Zaid, a successful surgeon who has it all and sets off to avenge the murder of his brother and bring down all the criminal gangs in Copenhagen. But Zaid’s persistent battle results in serious consequences for himself and his family, including his pregnant girlfriend.
Salim stars opposite Stine Fischer Christensen (“After the Wedding”), Roland Møller (“Land of Mine”), and Dulfi Al-Jabouri (“A War”).
“Darkland” is produced by Jacob Jarek for Profile Pictures, the outfit behind Jens Dahl’s upcoming thriller “3 Things” and Ali Abbasi’s “Shelley.” The movie is backed by the Danish Film Institute,
Co-produced by Norway’s Motion Blur (co-owned by Zwart), the $6.8 million tells the story of Norwegian war hero Jan Baalsrud, who was one of 12 Norwegian resistance fighters crossing the North Sea on a fishing boat, to blow up the Bardufoss Airport in March 1943, during the Nazi occupation. Their boat is discovered, and the saboteurs blow it up, trying to escape in a smaller boat. But 11 of them are captured, and killed by the enemy; only 25-year-old Baalsrud manages to escape, and after hiding in a snow cave on the fjell for two months, he is able to cross the border to neutral Sweden.
Zwart started shooting north of the Arctic Circle in April, starting with the ending.
Iceland’s Netop Films, Denmark’s Profile Pictures and Poland’s Madants, a trio who previously collaborated on Icelandic hit Rams, are reuniting to co-produce Under The Tree, the new film from Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, whose credits include Paris Of the North and Either Way.
The film starts shooting in Iceland on July 19 for six weeks.
The Nordisk TV & Film Fond has now confirmed backing of $156,400 (Nok 1.3m) for the $2.2m (€2m) budget. Other backers are The Icelandic Film Centre, Danish Film Institute and Polish Film Institute.
Under The Tree has been pre-sold to Sena for Icelandic distribution and to Ruv for free TV in Iceland. Scanbox has acquired Scandinavian rights. New Europe Film Sales, which also teamed with Netop on Icelandic hit Rams, will handle international sales.
“Grimar [Netop Films producer Grimar Jónsson] and I had an amazing journey with Rams, so when he approached me with a new project it was
The 12th Man tells “the story of Jan Baalsrud, a Norwegian resistance fighter, one of a dozen saboteurs trained by British intelligence to carry out a raid on an air traffic control tower in the Norwegian city of Bardufoss in 1943. The raid failed, and 11 of the 12 resistance fighters were captured and killed. Only Baalsrud escaped and survived.”
The film is being directed by Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) from a script by Petter Skavlan (Kon-Tiki) and will see Meyers as German commander Kurt Stage.
Sold by TrustNordisk and scripted by Petter Skavlan (“Kon-Tiki”), “The 12th Man” chronicles the journey of Baalsrud, who was the only one out of 12 resistance fighters, to escape the Germans following a failed raid at Bardufoss in 1943.
“This has been a shared passion project of Harald and Veslemoey and I am honored to be taking part in this great Norwegian adventure,” said Rhys Meyers.
Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors,” “Roots”), will star as the German lead Kurt Stage. Nordisk Film led-produced the film with Zwart Arbeid.
Deal was negotiated on behalf of Nordisk and Zwart Arbeid by producer Veslemoey Ruud Zwart.
Scripted by Petter Skavlan (“Kon-Tiki”), “The 12th Man” is set in northern Norway and chronicles the journey of Baalsrud, who was the only one out of 12 resistance fighters, to escape the Germans following a failed raid at Bardufoss in 1943. The movie centers around Baalsrud’s relationship with his Norwegian countrymen, who helped him survive in the wilderness and reach neutral Sweden while being tracked down by the Gestapo.
Zwart said he and his wife, who is producing this film, bought the rights to the book 15 years ago. “This story is a natural treasure for Norway. It’s a great survival story; it sheds light on all the people who helped Baalsrud. They were the people in the country,
The announcement was made by China’s Fundamental Films, which is fully financing the movie and has distribution rights in China, and by Basil Iwanyk’s production company Thunder Road Pictures.
Common, who recently won an original song Academy Award with John Legend for “Selma,” has had film roles including “Run All Night” and “Wanted.” Xu (aka Summer Xu) started her film career in Chen Kaige’s “Life on a String” and was recently seen in “Looper” and hit comedy drama “Mr Six.”
Scripted by Zachary Dean and based on an original story from Ron Mita and Jim McClain, “24 Hours to Live” follows a career assassin who is given a chance at redemption after his employer
Harald Zwart, director of The Mortal Instruments, will return to Norway to direct 12th Man (Den 12. Mann), a $7.7m World War II epic.
The film tells the true story of Norwegian hero Jan Baalsrud’s legendary escape from Nazi-Germany’s occupation forces; 12 resistance fighters crossed the North Sea to fight them, but he was the only one who found the way back.
Zwart’s last film in Norway was Long Flat Balls II eight years ago.
Aage Aaberge produces for Nordisk Film Production. The film has received $1.8m from the Norwegian Film Institute in its latest funding decisions.
The Nfi is also granting $724,000 each to Margret Bergheim’s Trio - The Hunt For St. Olavs Shrine, which is an action spinoff from an Nrk TV series produced by Nordic Stories; and Arne Lindtner Næss’s Casper And Emma Go Hiking, the fifth installment
Mexico/L.A.-based, and headed by Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and Pablo Cruz, Canana also produces “The Black Minutes,” which weighs in as one of the big new players for the U.S. Latino audience, Mexico and beyond.
Mundial will also sell 2016 Sundance-selected “Mr. Pig,” directed by Luna, and starring Danny Glover.
A modern-day film noir and tale of crime, corruption and cover-ups that brings a 20-year-old cold case crashing into the present day, “The Black Minutes” turns on a world weary cop and serial killer confronting past crimes that have tied them together for many years.
Adapting the same-titled novel by Martin Solares, “The
The project has been written by Jeremy Lott (Spy Kids) and will star Keanu Reeves (John Wick) as “a hot shot former champion Nascar driver who doesn’t want to believe his glory days are behind him. When his professional and personal life begin to spiral out of control, he’s forced to take part in a high stakes international rally race across the face of China, with a young Chinese girl as his co-driver, in order to prove he’s still the accomplished racer he thinks he is.”
This marks Reeves’ second collaboration with Fundamental and Company, with the actor also set to star in the sci-fi thriller Replicas from director Tanya Wexler (Hysteria), where he plays a scientist obsessed with bringing back his
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