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TrustNordisk Boards Jens Jonsson’s WWII-Set ‘The Spy’ (Exclusive)

TrustNordisk has come on board to handle international sales on Jens Jonsson’s thriller “The Spy” (Spionen) about Sonja Wigert, Scandinavia’s acclaimed actress who turned into a double agent during World War II.

The film was produced by Karin Julsrud, Turid Øversveen and Håkon Øverås at 4½. “The Spy” toplines a prestigious Nordic cast, including Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (“Westworld”), Rolf Lassgård (“A Man Called Ove”), Alexander Scheer (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), Edvin Endre (“Vikings”), Gitte Witt Julsrud (“The Impossible”), Johan Widerberg (“Ocean’s Twelve”), Thomas Arnold (“Thor: The Dark World”), plus Ingrid Vollan and Anders T. Andersen (“Mammon”).

Written by Harald Rosenløw Eeg and Jan Trygve Røyneland (“Occupied”), the film charts the journey of famed Scandinavian actress Wigert who became a spy for Swedish intelligence after her father was imprisoned by the Germans. As she infiltrated deeper into the German spy network, threats and rumors
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TrustNordisk Boards Jens Jonsson’s WWII-Set ‘The Spy’ (Exclusive)

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TrustNordisk has come on board to handle international sales on Jens Jonsson’s thriller “The Spy” (Spionen) about Sonja Wigert, Scandinavia’s acclaimed actress who turned into a double agent during World War II.

The film was produced by Karin Julsrud, Turid Øversveen and Håkon Øverås at 4½. “The Spy” toplines a prestigious Nordic cast, including Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (“Westworld”), Rolf Lassgård (“A Man Called Ove”), Alexander Scheer (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), Edvin Endre (“Vikings”), Gitte Witt Julsrud (“The Impossible”), Johan Widerberg (“Ocean’s Twelve”), Thomas Arnold (“Thor: The Dark World”), plus Ingrid Vollan and Anders T. Andersen (“Mammon”).

Written by Harald Rosenløw Eeg and Jan Trygve Røyneland (“Occupied”), the film charts the journey of famed Scandinavian actress Wigert who became a spy for Swedish intelligence after her father was imprisoned by the Germans. As she infiltrated deeper into the German spy network, threats and rumors
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The King’s Choice Movie Review

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The King’S Choice Samuel Goldwyn Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: Erik Poppe Written by: Harald Rosenløw-Eeg, Jan Trygve Røyneland Cast: Jesper Christense, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics, Tuva Novotny, Katharine Schüttler Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 8/24/17 Opens: September 22, 2017 “The King’s Choice” turns out to be a perfectly respectable […]

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Erik Poppe’s ‘The King’s Choice’ Sweeps 8 Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards

Erik Poppe’s ‘The King’s Choice’ Sweeps 8 Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards
Haugesund, Norway — Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s historical epic, ”The King’s Choice” (”Kongens nei”), was the Amanda jury’s clear favorite at this year’s awards. Nominated for a record 13 Amandas — Norway’s national film prizes — it snagged eight on Saturday night at Haugesund’s Scandic Maritim Hall. The kudos ceremony unspooled one day before the opening of the 45th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, which runs through Aug. 25.

Norwegian actress (and singer) Pia Tjelta, who earlier on the day was honored with a stone at Haugesund’s walk of fame – the Haraldsgate – hosted the show, which was televised by Norwegian commercial broadcaster TV. A majority of Amanda winners went on stage to receive their statuettes.

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“The King’s Choice” topped Norwegian box office charts last year, earning 713,276 admissions. It was named best Norwegian feature of 2016 by the Norwegian Film Critics. It
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Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires 'The King's Choice'

True-life drama recounts early days of invasion of Norway.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice and plans a theatrical release in August.

The King’s Choice is based on the true the story about three dramatic days in April 1940, where the King of Norway was presented with an unimaginable ultimatum from German armed forces: surrender or die.

The Royal Family fled Oslo to protect their family. However after three days King Haakon refused to capitulate, even if it would cost him, his family and many Norwegians their lives.

The historical drama stars Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics, Tuva Novotny , Arthur Hakalahti, and Katharina Schüttler.

Jan Trygve Røyneland and Harald Rosenløw Eeg wrote the screenplay. Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B. Kvae of Paradox Film 1 As produced.

Nordisk Film Production, Newgrange Pictures, Film Väst and Copenhagen Film Fund og Zentropa International Sweden co-produced The King’s Choice
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Does the Academy Have a Bias Toward Foreign-Language Films Based on World War II?

‘Land of Mine’ (Courtesy: Toronto International Film Festival)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

If there’s one thing for certain about the foreign-language film category at the Oscars it’s that the Academy sure has a soft spot for films about World War II. Just this year alone there are three movies on the Academy’s shortlist that are set during that very tumultuous time — Denmark’s Land of Mine, Norway’s The King’s Choice, and Russia’s Paradise. How often has the Academy nominated or given the win to films based specifically during the World War II era?

According to Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter, the best foreign-language film Oscar race is shaping up to potentially only feature one of these World War II-set movies in the official nominations. So far Land of Mine is listed as a frontrunner along with Germany’s Toni Erdmann, Iran’s The Salesman,
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Norway’s ‘The King’s Choice’ to Vie for Foreign-Language Oscar Nomination

Norway’s ‘The King’s Choice’ to Vie for Foreign-Language Oscar Nomination
Paris — Erik Poppe’s “The King’s Choice” is set to represent Norway in the race for foreign-language-film Oscar nominations.

Written by Norwegian writers Jan Trygve Røyneland and Harald Rosenløw Eeg, “The King’s Choice” is set during the German invasion of Norway in 1940. The historical drama stars Danish actor Jesper Christensen as King Haakon VII, who refused to surrender to the Germans at all costs.

“‘The King’s Choice’ tells of a dramatic event for us as a nation, but also examines a part of history that affected large parts of the world. With its engaging themes and strong cinematic qualities I am sure we have a great candidate in the race,” said Sindre Guldvog, who chairs the Oscar committee and heads the Norwegian Film Institute.

“The King’s Choice” was produced by Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B Kvae. Nordisk Film Distribusjon will handle the release on Sep. 23. Beta Cinema is handling international sales.
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Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Winner is One of 3 Oscar Entries from Scandinavia

Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Winner is One of 3 Oscar Entries from Scandinavia
The Academy now has official submissions from Sweden, Norway and Finland (the former Swedish territory is sometimes considered Scandinavian, sometimes not).

Hannes Holm’s “A Man Called Ove” (September 30, Music Box Films) is Sweden’s 2016 Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. Based on the book by Fredrik Backman, it stars Swedish actor Rolf Lassgård as a grumpy old man who befriends a new neighbor (Persian actress Bahar Par). The film was the country’s third-biggest domestic hit at the box office.

Norway has also picked its Oscar selection for 2016: Erik Poppe’s historical drama “The King’s Choice” (“Kongens nei”). Norwegian writers Jan Trygve Røyneland and Harald Rosenløw Eeg set the action during the German invasion of Norway in 1940, when King Haakon VII (Danish actor Jesper Christensen) faced down the German demand for capitulation, although it meant the Nazis would dispatch air raids in order to try and kill him—and many others.
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Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Winner is One of 3 Oscar Entries from Scandinavia

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Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Winner is One of 3 Oscar Entries from Scandinavia
The Academy now has official submissions from Sweden, Norway and Finland (the former Swedish territory is sometimes considered Scandinavian, sometimes not).

Hannes Holm’s “A Man Called Ove” (September 30, Music Box Films) is Sweden’s 2016 Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. Based on the book by Fredrik Backman, it stars Swedish actor Rolf Lassgård as a grumpy old man who befriends a new neighbor (Persian actress Bahar Par). The film was the country’s third-biggest domestic hit at the box office.

Norway has also picked its Oscar selection for 2016: Erik Poppe’s historical drama “The King’s Choice” (“Kongens nei”). Norwegian writers Jan Trygve Røyneland and Harald Rosenløw Eeg set the action during the German invasion of Norway in 1940, when King Haakon VII (Danish actor Jesper Christensen) faced down the German demand for capitulation, although it meant the Nazis would dispatch air raids in order to try and kill him—and many others.
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Prolific ‘Cave’ Helmer Looks Ahead to Three More Projects

Prolific ‘Cave’ Helmer Looks Ahead to Three More Projects
A trained projectionist but self-taught director, Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken’s third feature, “Cave,” closes the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund. It will be the 27-year-old Norwegian’s third film in two years — and he has another three to come.

“Of course it is a question of coincidences, but also of a will — and a need — to tell these stories. As long as you thrive with what you do, you can have a rather high level of production,” said Dahlsbakken, who started making films when he was 8 years old.

“My best friend’s father had a video camera, which we used to make slapstick comedies and horror thrillers. We took it very seriously and spent a lot of time working on it,” he said. At 19, he tried to get into the Norwegian Film School in Lillehammer but was rejected as he was “too young.”

“In retrospect, I couldn’t agree more,
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Seven projects to receive Nordic Genre Boost support

Seven projects to receive Nordic Genre Boost support
City State director Olaf de Fleur and Returning Home director Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken among those backed.Scroll down for the full list

Seven titles have been selected by the Nordisk Film & TV fund for the second round of its Nordic Genre Boost initiative.

Three sci-fi films, City State director Olaf de Fleur’s new project East By Eleven, Returning Home director Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken’s Substitute and To Guard A Mountain director Izer Aliu’s Deep Down, have been picked.

Also on the list are Thordur Palsson’s debut feature psychological horror The Damned, Saara Saarela’s dystopian drama Memory Of Water, Hanna Bergholm’s horror-drama Birds Of A Feather and Tor Fruergaard’s animation Bente And The Mutant Scouts.

A total of 83 titles applied for the second round of the initiative, with the selected projects receiving a grant of $23.3k (Nok 200,000) for development support, access to two residential workshops with script tutoring, and assistance
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Hennie strikes fire with Pyromaniac

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The Norwegian Film Institute has allocated €7.7 million for seven new Norwegian feature productions, including Pyromaniac by Erik Skjoldbjærg, which is being presented at Berlin’s Co-Production Market.

Headhunters star Askel Hennie is attached to star. Bjørn Olaf Johannesen is adapting from Gaute Heivoll’s novel, about an arsonist posing as a fireman in 1970s small-town Norway. Pravda Film produces.

Maipo Film is planning a sequel for Arild Frohlich’s Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder (sold here by TrustNordisk), with a script being written now for Doctor Proctor, Bubble In The Bathtub.

A Thousand Times Good Night director Erik Poppe is planning The King’s Choice, set against Nazi Germany’s invasion of Norway in 1940. Jan Trygve Røyneland and Harald Rosenløw Eeg are writing the script for producers Paradox.

Nfi also backs three feature debuts: Charlotte Blom’s comedy Staying Alive with Maipo Film; Kjersti G Steinsbø’s psychological drama The Doll in the Ceiling for producers Den siste
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