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Nordic TV series to compete for $25,000 prize

Five Scandi shows will be judged for the award.

Five Nordic drama series will compete for the second annual Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize, which will be presented on Jan 31 at the TV Drama Vision conference in Goteborg.

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One drama series apiece from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden is nominated for the award, which comes with a prize of $25,000 (Sek 200,000) for the main writer(s) of the series. The first two episodes of each series are shown at the Goteborg Film Festival.

This year’s nominees are Borderliner from Norway, Deadwind from Finland, The Lawyer from Sweden, Ride Upon The Storm from Denmark, and Stella Blomkvist from Iceland.

This year’s jury includes Swedish acterss Sofia Helin (The Bridge); Walter Iuzzolino, the UK-based TV executive and curator of streaming service Walter Presents; and Finnish journalist Kirpi Uimonen Ballesteros.

Petri Kemppinen, CEO of Nordisk Film & TV Fond, said: “Initiating this prize
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Goteborg: Modern Times Group Svod Service Viaplay Sets 2017 Production Lineup

Goteborg: Modern Times Group Svod Service Viaplay Sets 2017 Production Lineup
Owned by Sweden’s Modern Times Group – a leading international digital entertainment corporation headquartered in Stockholm – Scandinavian Svod service Viaplay Nordic has presented a line-up of 17 new TV films and series at the at 40th Göteborg Film Festival.

The roster came as Viaplay program director Fredrik Ljungberg re-confirmed that Viaplay, though it only moved into original production two years, has the ambition of becoming “the Nordic leader of scripted content.”

“Our strategy is to push hard on original content, primarily Nordic, or with a Nordic connection, without a slide in the quality of the works,” stated Ljungberg, programme director for Viaplay & Viasat Nordic since October 2014.

Just announced for the fall is “The Lawyer”, a Swedish Sf Studios production for Viaplay-TV3, sold in terantionally by Studiocanal, and based on an original concept by Jens Lapidus, “The Bridge” creator Hans Rosenfeldt and Michael Hjorth. Principal production for the 10 part series will begin
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Sf Studios Set to Produce Thriller Drama ‘The Lawyer’ With Studiocanal on Board to Sell

Nordic major Sf Studios is set to produce “The Lawyer,” a 10-part thriller series created by Jens Lapidus (“Easy Money”), Hans Rosenfeldt (“The Bridge”) and Michael Hjort (“Sebastian Bergman”).

Studiocanal has come on board to represent the series in international markets.

“The Lawyer” stars Swedish up-and-comer Alexander Karim (“Tyrant”) as successful Swedish defense attorney Frank Nordling, who discovers his firm’s most important client is responsible for the murder of his parents. As he becomes obsessed with revenge, Nordling gets embroiled in the Copenhagen underworld and its web of violence.

“The Lawyer” is produced by Sf Studios with well-established Swedish producers Nicklas Wikström Nicastro, whose recent credits include the foreign-language-Oscar-nominated film “A man called Ove,” and Joakim Hansson (“Johan Falk”).

“When I first heard about ‘The Lawyer’ I just felt that I had to do this. It is a tremendous privilege to work with material that is as multifaceted as this – a human drama in the shape
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Competition: WIn ‘Easy Money III: Life Deluxe’ on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of Easy Money III: Life Deluxe out on DVD, Blu-ray and Download 20th October 2014, we have a copy on Blu-ray to giveaway courtesy of Icon Film Distribution.

Hollywood’s latest “leading man” discovery Joel Kinnaman (Robocop; The Killing) stars in the explosive final chapter of the hit Nordic Noir trilogy based on the bestselling crime thriller series by Swedish author Jens Lapidus. Easy Money III: Life Deluxe is an intelligent, action-packed finale to one of the best crime thriller trilogies seen in recent years.

Easy Money III: Life Deluxe is available to order on Amazon today: http://amzn.to/Z5S4kE

To win Easy Money III: Life Deluxe on Blu-ray, just answer the following question:

Which of the following films also starred Joel Kinnaman? Was it:

a) Gremlins

b) Back to the Future

c) RoboCop

Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail.com, making sure to include your name and address.
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Svensk, StudioCanal pact for distribution, production

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Co-pros include English-language Easy Money, Henning Mankell TV series.

Svensk Filmindustri (Sf) and Studiocanal have entered an agreement that includes an all rights, output distribution deal for Sf on all new Studiocanal films in the Nordic market (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland) and the digital distribution by Sf of Studiocanal catalogue titles.

The deal also comprises coproduction based on English-speaking Nordic features and TV-series from Sf properties.

Sf will handle the Nordic markets for the co-productions and Studiocanal will distribute them internationally.

StudioCanal’s upcoming titles to be distributed by Sf include Paddington, Shaun the Sheep, Our Kind of Traitor, Macbeth, Legend and Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino’s Untitled Pantelleria).

Two feature co-productions are currently being developed: Easy Money (Snabba Cash), the English-language remake of the Swedish 2010 box office hit, and the Ibiza-set thriller The White Island, to be directed by Jens Jonsson.

Sf and Studiocanal are also developing two TV series. This first is
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Studiocanal And Svensk Ink Strategic Alliance Including Output Deal and Coproduction Agreements

Scandinavia’s Svensk Filmindustri (Sf) and France’s Studiocanal have inked a strategic alliance.

As part of this alliance, Studiocanal signed an output deal with Svensk giving the Scandi shingle all distribution rights to Studiocanal films – such as “Paddington,” “Macbeth” (pictured above) “Legend” and “Bigger Splash” – on the Nordic market (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland), as well as digital rights to Studiocanal catalogue titles.

The pact is yet another move by Studiocanal reflecting the Paris-based company’s goal to tap into Scandinavia’s talent pool and penetrate the Nordic market in greater depths.

Meanwhile, gaining access to Studiocanal’s high-profile pics will give Svensk a significant and much-needed edge to compete with local distributors, in particular TrustNordisk which still dominates the Scandi market.

Deal also allows the two players to join forces on the production of English-language Nordic feature films and TV-series pulled from Sf’s properties and aimed at the international market.
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Crime Drama Cliches Prove "Hard To Kill"

Before he brought his enigmatic presence to American audiences in AMC’s The Killing and the recent remake of Robocop, Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman found stardom in Europe thanks to the smash hit Easy Money. The 2010 Swedish crime drama, adapted from a novel by Jens Lapidus, cast Kinnaman as Jw, an intelligent but misguided business student from the wrong side of the tracks who becomes a drug smuggler in order to afford the wealthy lifestyle of his upper-class peers. The diverse group of criminals he gets mixed up with includes Chilean Jorge (Matias Varela), Serbian Mrado (Dragomir Mrsic) and Lebanese Mahmoud (Fares Fares). The first film ends with Jw in prison, but that doesn't prevent him from getting into further trouble in Easy Money: Hard to Kill, the film’s 2012 sequel.

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Tre Vänner moves into English thrillers

Tre Vänner moves into English thrillers
Exclusive: Swedish production company announces first English-language projects.

Sweden’s Tre Vänner, producer of the hit Easy Money (Snabba Cash) trilogy, has announced the launch of two international thrillers - the company’s first in the English-language.

They include a thriller from acclaimed Swedish director Jens Jonsson and an English-language remake of the first Easy Money film, the first part in a planned trilogy.

Both projects will be produced by Tre Vänner and Swedish major Svensk Filmindustri, with Svensk handling Scandinavian distribution. The two companies merged in 2013.

Jonsson’s Ibiza-set thriller The White Island centres around two female characters.

The film-maker, who won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2008 with The King Of Ping Pong and also directed Snabba Cash III - Life Deluxe, the third film in the trilogy, co-wrote the script with Matthew Ian Cirulnick based on extensive research.

“We will take the audience behind the curtain of Europe’s wildest party island,” producer
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Svensk at 95: Producer Wikstrom Nicastro Preps Edgy Fare for Swedish Production Co.

Svensk at 95: Producer Wikstrom Nicastro Preps Edgy Fare for Swedish Production Co.
Last year, Svensk Filmindustri acquired hot shingle Tre Vanner, instantly making the indie and its head of film operations, producer Fredrik Wikstrom Nicastro, one of Scandinavia’s most influential producers.

“The executives of Svensk found no reason to stress changes in our working method. Tre Vanner will go on as before, but within a much bigger organization and on a larger scale,” says Wikstrom Nicastro, producer of hit “Easy Money” and its sequels.

One of the many projects he’s prepping is “A Raging Blaze,” a thriller based on Andreas Norman’s bestselling debut novel. Scribe Oskar Soderlund is onboard to do the adaptation.

“This fantastic book reminds me of the works of John le Carre. We’re aiming (to make) a film that’s not been made in Sweden before. Andreas Norman has been working as a top diplomat and he’s really giving a trustworthy depiction of the
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‘Easy Money 2′ DVD Review

Stars: Joel Kinnaman, Matias Varela, Dragomir Mrsic, Fares Fares, Madeleine Martin | Written by Maria Karlsson | Directed by Babak Najafi

Let me start by saying “Nordic Noir” has a lot to answer for… Desperate to ride the popularity of Norwegian dramas such The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge, UK distributors are seemingly snatching up any and all crime dramas that emanate from the region; and obviously not all can be the next The Killing… Just look at Easy Money 2 (aka Snabba Cash II in it’s original Swedish).

Foregoing rich storytelling and an engrossing plot, director Babak Najafi instead ups the violence and action for this sequel to the 2010 original. Once again starring Joel Kinnaman (Robocop) and based upon the novels by Jens Lapidus, Easy Money 2 follows Jw (Kinnaman), the promising business student who became an organized coke smuggler in Easy Money, is serving hard time in prison and struggling to
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Easy Money and Easy Money: Hard to Kill review: easy money… isn’t

Easy Money is a smart, affecting, slow burn of a movie, a spectacular example of Nordic noir. The sequel suffers by comparison, though. I’m “biast” (pro): have a soft spot for Joel Kinnaman

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

If you’ve enjoyed the new remake of RoboCop — or even if you didn’t — you can’t go wrong by checking out newly minted Hollywood leading man Joel Kinnaman in a fantastic film made on his home turf of Sweden. (Were you fooled by Kinnaman’s flawless American accent? He’s not American.) Easy Money, from 2010, had only a small release in North America in 2012, unsurprising given the general lack of interest by U.S. audiences in reading subtitles. Its similarly limited release in the U.K. in 2013 is surprising, however, because
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Shamer Chronicles set for big screen

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TrustNordisk will kick off presales on the fantasy-adventure film in Berlin.

The Shamer’s Daughter, based on the first book in Lene Kaaberbøl’s bestselling series The Shamer Chronicles, is to be adapted as a feature film.

TrustNordisk will kick off presales on the fantasy-adventure film at the European Film Market (Efm) at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-16).

The screenplay will be written by Oscar-winner Anders Thomas Jensen, who wrote the script for Academy Award winner In a Better World.

The feature will be directed Danish filmmaker Kenneth Kainz (Pure Hearts).

The Scandinavian cast will be led by Peter Plaugborg (The Keeper of Lost Causes), Jakob Oftebro (Kon-Tiki), Søren Malling (A Hijacking), Maria Bonnevie (A Second Chance), Stina Ekblad (Love Is All You Need) and Allan Hyde (True Blood).

Shooting is set to begin on Feb 27.

The story centres on “the Shamer’s daughter”, Dina, who has inherited her mother’s supernatural ability. She can
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Guy Lodge's DVDs and downloads

Slash-happy Wolverine cuts out the thrills, but Easy Money is a satisfying slice of Scandi-drama

The Marvel brand is rather testing its own name with the sheer ubiquity of its comic-book adaptations; with a new one seemingly hitting our screens every month, maintaining one's sense of awe becomes rather difficult. It's more of a challenge still when they're as listless as The Wolverine (Fox, 12) – or so one would like to think, though summer box-office figures suggested fans' enthusiasm for Marvel's most hirsute superhero has yet to wane.

Hugh Jackman's clearly has though. Shedding the gusto (and only some of the body hair) of his Jean Valjean earlier this year, the Australian is on indifferently chesty form in his sixth outing as burly mutant fighter Logan. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) attempted to tell his back story, but proved so unpopular that a second go was deemed necessary.

Enter the confusingly discontinuous The Wolverine,
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Cinedigm takes Easy Money sequels

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Cinedigm takes Easy Money sequels
Cinedigm has acquired all North American rights from TrustNordisk to Easy Money: Hard To Kill and Easy Money: Life Deluxe based on the bestselling books by Jens Lapidus. Separately, FilmBuff has acquired Someone Marry Barry.

The second and third instalments in the Easy Money Stockholm noir trilogy starring Joel Kinnaman that have drawn more than 1.2m Swedish theatre-goers.

Martin Scorsese presented the first episode to Us audiences last year and a remake is in development at Warner Bros with Zac Efron attached to star.

Cinedigm has set both films for release in 2014 across all platforms.

Fredrik Wikström Nicastro produced the films for Swedish production company Tre Vänner in co-production with Film i Väst, TV broadcaster Svt, Nordisk Film, Nordsvensk Filmunderhållning, Hobohm Brothers, Fantefilm, Network Movie & Zdf/Arte.

Production support comes from The Swedish Film Institute, The Norwegian Film Institute, Nordic film and TV fund in co-operation with C-more. Nordisk Film is
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Svensk buys Tre Vänner

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Swedish deal will see Tre Vänner boss Jonas Fors replace Rasmus Ramstad as Svensk CEO.

Swedish major Svensk Filmindustri is to acquire 90% of Tre Vänner, the Stockholm-based production outfit behind the smash hit Snabba Cash franchise.

As part of the deal, Tre Vänner managing director Jonas Fors will become CEO of Svensk from Oct 1, replacing Rasmus Ramstad.

The agreement unifies a film and TV conglomerate founded in 1919, with subsidiaries in Norway, Denmark, and Finland, and a production company set up in 1995 by three scriptwriters, with the aim to make films with a local and Nordic flavour as well as international potential.

Tre Vänner’s latest feature, Jens Jonsson thriller Livet De Luxe (Life Deluxe) concludes the Snabba cash (Easy Money) trilogy from author Jens Lapidus’ Stockholm Noir series. It opened last week at the top of the Swedish box office with 85,000 admissions over the weekend.

“Svensk is a well-known brand with a catalogue of more than 1,200 films
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Svensk Filmindustri buys Tre Vänner

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Swedish deal will see Tre Vänner boss Jonas Fors replace Rasmus Ramstad as Svensk CEO.

Swedish major Svensk Filmindustri is to acquire 90% of Tre Vänner, the Stockholm-based production outfit behind the smash hit Snabba Cash franchise.

As part of the deal, Tre Vänner managing director Jonas Fors will become CEO of Svensk from Oct 1, replacing Rasmus Ramstad.

The agreement unifies a film and TV conglomerate founded in 1919, with subsidiaries in Norway, Denmark, and Finland, and a production company set up in 1995 by three scriptwriters, with the aim to make films with a local and Nordic flavour as well as international potential.

Tre Vänner’s latest feature, Jens Jonsson thriller Livet De Luxe (Life Deluxe) concludes the Snabba cash (Easy Money) trilogy from author Jens Lapidus’ Stockholm Noir series. It opened last week at the top of the Swedish box office with 85,000 admissions over the weekend.

“Svensk is a well-known brand with a catalogue of more than 1,200 films
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Tre Vanner outfits with Golden Trousers

Tre Vanner outfits with Golden Trousers
Swedish production powerhouse also planning autumn shoot for heist film Mastermind.

Swedish outfit Tre Vänner, producer of the hit Snabba Cash trilogy, will next shoot The Boy With The Golden Trousers, a family adventure movie based on the classic Swedish novel.

The story of a young boy who finds a pair of trousers with magical money-giving pockets, the film will start shooting in Sweden in early September with Ella Lemhagen (Patrik, Age 1.5) directing. It is a Swedish-Danish co-production with Cosmo Film.

In early October Tre Vänner will also start production on Mastermind, a heist film about a criminal about to pull off a big bank job with some of the best criminals in Sweden. The director and cast will be announced shortly.

“Genre-wise it’s more kind of Headhunters than Snabba Cash,” Tre Vänner’s head of film Fredrik Wikström Nicastro told ScreenDaily at Gothenburg’s Way Out West festival, where [link=tt
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Easy Money – review

Double-crossing and muddied morality are rife in a relentless Swedish crime thriller brought to the UK by fan Martin Scorsese

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I've been going to Sweden regularly for more than 50 years now, observing its daily life and its movies. Back in 1959, the year I first went there, the influential Martin Beck police procedural novels of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö had not yet appeared, and no one could have foreseen a thriller as violent and disturbing as Easy Money, directed by a Swede of Chilean stock and educated at Denmark's film school. Naturally it's being remade in the States.

Historically Scandinavia has been shaped by its harsh climate, an innate stoicism, the stern Lutheran branch of Protestantism and two centuries of immigration. The area was among the first to embrace the cinema early in the 20th century and, most especially through Carl Dreyer
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Win a copy of the Book Easy Money

To mark the release of the movie Easy Money on 19th July, we’ve got three copies of the book by to give away. The film is directed by Daniél Espinosa, stars Joel Kinnaman, Matias Padin Varela, Dragomir Mrsic and is Produced by Martin Scorsese.

Jw (Joel Kinnaman) is a poor student who lives a double life within the wealthy Stockholm elite. He falls in love with an upper class girl and is soon lured into a world of crime. Jorge is a fugitive on the run from the police and the Yugoslavian mafia. His plan; import a massive cargo of coke and then disappear for good. Yugoslavian hitman Mrado is trying hard to find Jorge but his criminal life takes a turn when he is forced to take care of his young daughter. While Jw starts a journey into the dark world of organized crime, he brings together the
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Exclusive Trailer: 'Easy Money' - Martin Scorsese's Nordic Noir Relation

Exclusive Trailer: 'Easy Money' - Martin Scorsese's Nordic Noir Relation
One of the highlights of this weekend's Nordicana Festival in London - celebrating all things dramatic and Scandinavian - was the first UK screening of 'Easy Money'.

This is the latest big screen offering of Nordic Noir, with no less a champion than exec producer Martin Scorsese, andHuffPostUK is pleased to host the exclusive trailer - Watch Above.

Here's the official poster, too - look familiar?

This Nordic relation to Scorsese's own masterpiece 'Goodfellas' tells the tale of Jw (Joel Kinnaman - The Killing, Safe House), a poor student living a double life among the wealthy elite in Stockholm. Using increasingly illicit means to fund his exclusive lifestyle, he hits on a chance to score ‘easy money’ through selling cocaine. As Jw enters the dark world of organised crime, his fate entwines with that of Jorge (Matias Padin Varela), a drug dealer on the run, and
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