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LevelK acquires Danish family action feature 'Hacker' (exclusive)

LevelK acquires Danish family action feature 'Hacker' (exclusive)
Poul Berg’s feature debut was developed in cooperation with fellow Emmy nominee Kalle Bjerkø.

LevelK has acquired world sales rights for Poul Berg’s Danish family action film Hacker.

The film marks the feature debut for Emmy nominee Berg, whose TV credits include Ride Upon The Storm, Mille and Limbo.

The script has been developed in cooperation with writer Kalle Bjerkø, Emmy nominee 2012 for Boxhead.

Signe Leick Jensen and Morten Kaufmann produce for Toolbox Film, with Cinenic Film as co-producer. Backers include The Danish Film Institute, Dr TV, The Swedish Film Institute, Svt, Scanbox Entertainment, LevelK and Creative Europe/Media.
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Svensk Filmindustri makes two hires

Tim King joins as executive vice president production and Lars Bredo Rahbek has been appointed head of production for Denmark.

Swedish film production outfit Svensk Filmindustri has revealed two new appointments.

Danish producer Lars Bredo Rahbek [pictured left] - who has been a producer at Nimbus Film since 1997 working on titles including Flame And Citron – joins as the company’s new head of production for Denmark, effective from March 1.

Tim King [pictured right], formerly of McKinsey & Co and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, joins as executive vice president production, reporting to CEO Jonas Fors, effective immediately.

Fors said of the new hires: “Tim’s broad experience together with Lars’s strong history within Danish film and TV allows us to ensure we can manage both the challenges of our existing production businesses, together with ensuring the skills to manage the growth we want to achieve.”
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Cannes: 'Ida' scribe joins Bojanov's 'I Want To Be Like You'

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Cannes: 'Ida' scribe joins Bojanov's 'I Want To Be Like You'
Latido Films taking drama starring Barry Keoghan and Klaus Maria Brandauer to the Cannes Marche.

British writer Rebecca Lenckiewicz has joined Bulgarian director Konstantin Bojanov on drama I Want To Be Like You. It marks Lenckiewicz’s first feature co-writing Oscar-winner Ida with director Pawel Pawlikowski.

Bojanov will shoot the coming-of-age drama this July on location in and around Copenhagen, the UK’s West Midlands and Belgium.

The film has a budget of $2.2m (€2m) and is a production partnership between Toolbox Film in Copenhagen, London’s Film and Music Entertainment, Brussels-based Left Field Ventures and Bulgaria’s Multfilm.

The young cast is led by Irish actor Barry Keoghan, who featured in Yann Demmange’s ’71. He more recently appeared in Mammal by Rebecca Daly, Trespass Against Us by Adam Smith, and Norfolk, directed by Martin Radich.

Opposite him in the role of Piri is Danish actor Thure Lindhardt, best known roles in Fast and Furious 6, Angels
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Richard Lormand at the Toronto Film Festival 2014

After a couple of years’ absence publicist/ producer, Richard Lormand is returning to Toronto with a satchel full of films. Check these out because when he chooses films, he chooses them well.

"Phoenix"

Christian Petzold

Disfigured Holocaust survivor Nina, now unrecognizable after facial reconstruction, returns to find out if her husband really loves her or actually betrayed her...

Starring "Barbara" leads Nina Hoss and Ronald Zehrfeld. Romance and reconstruction in post World War II Germany from the critically

acclaimed director of "Barbara" (Berlinale 2012 Best Director) and "Yella" (Berlinale 2007 Best Actress – Nina Hoss)

Present: Christian Petzold (director), Nina Hoss (actress), Florian Koerner von Gustorf (producer)

World Sales: The Match Factory

Fri 5 – 18:00 (Public 1 – Elgin/Visa Screening Room)

Sat 6 – 11:30 (Public 2 – Elgin/Visa Screening Room)

Sat 6 – 12:30 (Press/Industry 1 – Scotiabank 2)

Tue 9 - 14:00 (Press/Industry 2 - Scotiabank 14)

Fri 12 - 14:15 (Press/Industry 3 - Scotiabank 7

"Itsi Bitsi"

Ole Christian Madsen

In the soul-searching psychedelic 60s, a rebellious young man desperately tries to win a beautiful woman’s love by transforming from poet to writer, nomad to junkie and eventually rock star...

The new film by Ole Christian Madsen, acclaimed director of "Superclásico," "Flame and Citron" and "Prague."

Present: Ole Christian Madsen (director), Joachim Fjelstrup (actor), Marie Tourell Søderberg (actress), Lars Lars Bredo Rahbek (producer)

World Sales: The Match Factory

Sat 6 – 8:30 (Press/Industry 1 – Scotiabank 9)

Sat 6 – 17:15 (Public 1 – Scotiabank 4)

Sun 7 – 9:30 (Public 2 – Bloor Hot Docs Cinema)

Tue 9 - 17:30 (Press/Industry 2 - Scotiabank 7)

Fri 12 – 17:00 (Public 3 – Isabel Bader)

"1001 Grams"

Bent Hamer

Urbane urbanite Marie is a thirty-something scientist whose life is rigorously controlled. When she attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and, not least, love, that ends up on the scale. As she explores her new possibilities, everything seems to unfurl magically, beautiful.

Featuring Ane Dahl Torp (Pioneer, Cold Lunch) in a charmingly offbeat comedy from Norwegian master Bent Hamer ("Kitchen Stories," "O'Horten"). A co-production: Norway (BulBul), France (Slot Machine), Germany (Pandora)

Present: Bent Hamer (director), Ane Dahl Torp (actress), Marianne Slot (producer)

World Sales: Les Films du Losangne

Fri 5 – 14:00 (Press/Industry 1 – Scotiabank 3)

Sun 7 – 19:15 (Public 1 – Tiff Bell Lightbox 1)

Tue 9 - 9:30 (Press/Industry 2 - Scotiabank 4)

Tue 9 – 14:45 (Public 2 – Scotiabank 2)

Sun 14 – 19:00 (Public 3 – Tiff Bell Lightbox 1)

"Tigers"

Danis Tanovic

Devastated when he discovers the effects of the infant formula he’s peddling, a young salesman takes on a multinational corporation, in this based-on-fact drama from Academy Award-winning director Danis Tanovic ("No Man's Land").

Featuring Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi ("Once Upon a Time in Mumbai"). A co-production: India (Cinemorphic Pvt Ltd & Sikhya Entertainment), France (Asap Films)

Present: Danis Tanovic (director), Emraan Hashmi (actor), Geetanjali (actress), Khalid Abdalla (actor), Prashita Chaudhary (producer), Guneet Monga (producer), Cédomir Kolar (producer), Andy Paterson (producer, co-writer), Achin Jain (executive producer)

World Sales: The Match Factory

Sun 7 – 14:00 (Press/Industry 1 – Scotiabank 10)

Mon 8 – 21:45 (Public 1 – Scotiabank 1)

Wed 10 - 21:15 (Press/Industry 2 - Scotiabank 7)

Wed 10 – 21:30 (Public 2 – Scotiabank 3)

Sat 13 – 17:00 (Public 3 – Tiff Bell Lightbox 1

"Natural Resistance"

Jonathan Nossiter

Four Italian winegrowers of a rapidly spreading European natural wine revolution have encountered fierce resistance. Not everyone believes in their struggle for an ecologically progressive, economically just and historically rich expression of Italian

agriculture…

10 years after "Mondovino" world acclaimed director Jonathan Nossiter offers a model of charmed and joyous ecological and cinematic resistance against the new world economic order.

Present: Jonathan Nossiter (director)

Sat 6 – 11:15 (Press/Industry 1 – Scotiabank 7),

Mon 8 – 19:00 (Public 1 – Tiff Bell Lightbox 3)

Tue 9 – 19:00 (Public 2 – Jackman Hall)

Thu 11 – 17:45 (Public 3 – Bloor Hot Docs Cinema)
See full article at SydneysBuzz »

Telluride Film Festival 2014: Most Anticipated

Main Street during The Telluride Film Festival

The Telluride Film Festival seemingly appears overnight against the gorgeous backdrop of rugged mountains. It lasts just four days but in fact it takes more than a month of intensive labor to transform the elementary school, high school, hockey rink, library, the park in the middle of town and a masonic temple into theaters. Now in its 41st year,up until recently this hallowed Labor Day weekend event has long been a quiet fixture on the festival circuit. As most of the festival world knows, the escalating word of mouth about the quality of Telluride’s unofficial premieres caused the Toronto International Film Festival to issue an ultimatum to those hoping to land choice spots in the fall line-up: if you choose to screen at Telluride first, your film will be pushed back on Tiff’s slate. Realistically- Toronto has little to fear from Telluride besides buzz.
See full article at SoundOnSight »

Tiff 2014: Sandler, Schwarzenegger, Liotta, Travolta and More Added to Toronto Lineup

This morning the Toronto Film Festival added several more films to their lineup including the world premiere of Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler which stars Adam Sandler as a New York City cobbler who, disenchanted with the grind of daily life, stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. The film co-stars Method Man, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman. Additionally, Sundance standouts Infinity Polar Bear and Laggies starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz were added to the Gala selection. Joining The Cobbler as new additions to the Special Presentations field include Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria starring Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche and Two Days, One Night from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and starring Marion Cotillard. Both films made a splash at Cannes earlier this year,
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Forbidden Girl Floats onto DVD

Demonic possession movie number 36,149 is getting ready to compel you into watching it! Read on for the first artwork and word on the upcoming flick Forbidden Girl! Look for it on DVD August 12th from Inception Media Group.

From the Press Release

A young man must resist the seductive lure of an ancient witch or be condemned to an eternal life on the dark side in The Forbidden Girl, possessing DVD August 12th from Inception Media Group.

Toby (Peter Gadiot; "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," Night Wolf), a troubled young man who lost his girlfriend in a tragic accident, begins to put his life back together after spending years in a psychiatric institute. Upon his release, he takes a job tutoring a beautiful woman (Jytte-Merle Böhrnsen) who lives in her aunt’s lonely mansion.

When Toby suspects his student is possessed, his haunting memories return; and unexplainable, supernatural occurrences drive him from the house.
See full article at Dread Central »

LevelK Boards ‘The Idealist’

Tine Klint’s LevelK has snapped up international sales rights to Christina Rosendahl’s “The Idealist,” a Cold War-set political thriller.

One of the most ambitious Nordic pics skedded for a 2014 release, “The Idealist” toplines local stars, Soren Malling (“A Hijacking”), Peter Plaugborg (“Borgen”) Thomas Bo Larsen (“The Hunt”).

Lars K. Andersen (“Flame and Citron”), Simon Pasternak and Rosendahl penned the script which revolves around a nuclear disaster that erupts during the Cold War, and its subsequent international cover-up. Pic will follow an everyday man who fights to break the silence and unveil the truth.

Jonas Frederiksen (“Superclasico”) and Signe Leick Jensen (“The Hunt”) are producing via their Copenhagen-based outfit Toolbox Film. Pic is backed by the Danish Film Institute, pubcaster Dr, Nordic Film & TV Fond and The Media Program.

Lensing began in Denmark and will go on to lense in Sweden and the U.S..

Sf Film will release
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Watch: 'The Hunt' Clip Shows Why Mads Mikkelsen Won Best Actor at Cannes

Mads Mikkelsen is the man. End of story. He's the kind of actor who is so consistently captivating on-screen that we're game for anything he's in, be it in his native Denmark (Flame and Citron, Valhalla Rising) or Hollywood (Casino Royale, NBC's Hannibal). Even when it comes to his cheesier movies (Clash of the Titans, The Three Musketeers), he's the kind of actor who is guaranteed to make things more interesting. Combine him with a smart, daring script and the results are, well, they're The Hunt, opening in theaters Friday. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, The Hunt is about a teacher (Mikkelsen) in a small town who has hit a rough patch in life. Things are starting to look up, though. He's making progress with the custody of his son and...

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Status at the Half: Best Movies of 2013 So Far

We are now officially half way through the year and so I’ve asked our staff to vote for their favourite films released thus far. Hollywood blockbusters may have disappointed us, but thankfully we can always rely on independent filmmakers to create some truly inspiring films. Rounding out the special mentions is Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, and Cate Shortland’s Lore – all missing the cut by a couple of points.

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#15: Iron Man 3 (24 points)

Directed by Shane Black

Written by Drew Pearce & Shane Black

USA, 2013

Fun has become a slightly forgotten commodity in the summer blockbuster, with many studios and filmmakers now inspired by the efforts of directors like Christopher Nolan to be as grim as possible. The modern superhero often has to be angst-ridden or otherwise mentally scarred to make an impact on audiences, so it’s a pleasant surprise
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Staff List: The Best Films of 2012 (#40-31)

To say that none of the 40 + films on our staff-voted list is universally beloved is putting it mildly; but then, that’s the nature of polls like these. Every year we’ve run this poll, there’s been a runaway winner; this year, the top film crossed the three-hundred-point threshold, a first here at Sound On Sight. Not since Inglourious Basterds has a film run away so clearly with the number one spot. Our top choice received unbelievable love and support from everyone, nearly doubling the amount of points of our second place pick.

Nobody will agree on each entry, but keep in mind, Sound On Sight has always been a place that bridges the gap between mainstream and independent cinema. We love foreign films but we also love genre pics and documentaries. In other words, we cover it all, or at least we try.

With more movies in limited
See full article at SoundOnSight »

The Hunt – review

Thomas Vinterberg revisits the themes of his 1998 film Festen in this powerful story of a man wrongly accused of child abuse

The Danish film-maker Thomas Vinterberg made his name in 1998 with Festen (aka The Celebration), one of those family reunion dramas that culminate in savage blood-letting. In that case, an embittered son reveals that he and his twin sister were abused by his wealthy, overbearing father whose 60th birthday the dysfunctional clan has gathered to celebrate. The movie was made in that deliberately ugly style embraced by Dogme 95, the self-publicising faction formed by Vinterberg and Lars von Trier to purify a corrupt cinema and committed to eschewing special effects, artificial lighting, makeup, incidental music, cutting within a sequence, specially built sets and tripods.

The group's creators have moved on from the austere conditions they originally proposed, Vinterberg to traditional realism, von Trier to increased stylisation. But in his outstanding new film,
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Tiff 2012: ‘The Hunt’ Mads Mikkelsen is a man ruptured to the core in this painful, frightening pic

The Hunt

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg

Screenplay by Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm

2012, Denmark

Although director Thomas Vinterbeg’s The Hunt redoubles on well trodden material explicating the dangerousness of convicting without evidence or investigation, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen (Flame and Citron, Casino Royale, Valhalla Rising) profoundly visualizes just how excruciating the character assassination of a good man displaced by society’s rush to judgment can be. The role of Lucas, a personable and caring kindergarten teacher gives Mikkelsen the opportunity to spin movingly from a relatively content, ordinary man minding his own business to a man who has had almost every conceivable thing worth living for stripped away. Existing in the absence of any kind of existential meaning behind this punishment, Mikkelsen’s Lucas fights nobly and with what little self worth he can still muster to push back against the overwhelming tide of indiscriminate hate. It’s a
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Mads Mikkelsen to Play Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s Hannibal

Producers Bryan Fuller (Pushing Dasies) and Martha DeLaurentis continued to work on the new NBC series based on author Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon, about serial killer Hannibal Lecter and his growing relationship with FBI agent Will Graham. After casting British actor Hugh Dancy as FBI agent Graham, EW reported that Fuller and DeLaurentis landed their main character, Dr. Hannibal Lecter himself. Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, known to art-house audiences for the specialty dramas Flame and Citron, Valhalla Rising and After the Wedding and mainstream audiences for Casino Royale and Clash of the Titans, signed on to play the iconic villain.
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Mads Mikkelsen to Play Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s Hannibal

Producers Bryan Fuller (Pushing Dasies) and Martha DeLaurentis continued to work on the new NBC series based on author Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon, about serial killer Hannibal Lecter and his growing relationship with FBI agent Will Graham. After casting British actor Hugh Dancy as FBI agent Graham, EW reported that Fuller and DeLaurentis landed their main character, Dr. Hannibal Lecter himself. Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, known to art-house audiences for the specialty dramas Flame and Citron, Valhalla Rising and After the Wedding and mainstream audiences for Casino Royale and Clash of the Titans, signed on to play the iconic villain.
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »

Headhunters – review

Jo Nesbø's novel has been expertly transformed into a cool, brutal, deeply Scandinavian thriller

The cinema, as Karl Marx might have said, repeats itself, first as a Scandinavian thriller, then as a Hollywood remake. An American company acquired the rights to remake Morten Tyldum's Headhunters while it was still in production. They'll have trouble in making a movie half as good or half as authentic.

Although inevitably indebted to American models, Headhunters is firmly rooted in the Scandinavian experience, and it moves with the speed of a demented lemming heading for the cliff-edge of a fjord. The film is adapted from a novel by Jo Nesbø, the Norwegian crime writer who is now up there beside the Swedes Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, and the screenplay is the work of Lars Gudmestad and Ulf Ryberg, old hands at this kind of thing, the latter having adapted novels by both Mankell and Larsson.
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Sundance Futures: How Zachary Booth and Thure Lindhardt Got Really Personal in 'Keep the Lights On'

Sundance Futures: How Zachary Booth and Thure Lindhardt Got Really Personal in 'Keep the Lights On'
Why They're On Our Radar: Hands down one of the raciest titles to play in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance this year is Ira Sach's semi-autobiographical gay relationship drama "Keep the Lights On." In it, Danish actor Thure Lindhardt plays Erik, a hard-partying documentary filmmaker who has a highly charged hookup with the handsome Paul (Zachary Booth), a lawyer in the publishing field. As a relationship quickly develops, the two are forced to deal with each other's compulsions and addictions. More About Them: Despite being a fresh face for the majority of North American audiences, Lindhardt is far from an unknown in Denmark. He first broke out as a child actor in the Palme d'Or winning "Pelle the Conqueror." He's since gone on to star in "A Place Nearby," which won him the Shooting Star Award at the 2000 Berlin International Film Festival, as well as the World War II drama "Flame and Citron,
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Mads Mikkelsen to Receive European Achievement in World Cinema Award

Mads Mikkelsen will receive the European Film Academy's European Achievement in World Cinema 2011 Honorary Award "in recognition of a unique contribution to the world of film." Previous recipients include Milos Forman, Roman Polanski, Antonio Banderas, Lars von Trier, Isabelle Huppert, Maurice Jarre, Liv Ullmann, Roberto Benigni, Gabriel Yared, and Victoria Abril. Among the Danish-born Mikkelsen's credits are Nicolas Winding Refn’s crime dramas Pusher (1996) and With Blood on My Hands: Pusher II (2004); Anders Thomas Jensen's The Green Butchers (2003) and Adam's Apples (2005); Susanne Bier's Open Hearts (2002) and the Oscar-nominated After the Wedding (2006); and Ole Christian Madsen's Flame and Citron (2008). Outside of Denmark, Mikkelsen was the creepy villain with the bleeding eye in Martin Campbell's Casino Royale (2006); Igor Stravinsky in Jan Kounen's Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009); a corporate go-getter with a past in Peter Lindmark's Swedish drama Exit (2009); One Eye in Winding Refn's English-language Valhalla Rising
See full article at Alt Film Guide »

International Trailer for Lars von Trier’s ‘Melancholia’

Here is a new international trailer for Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, and an older trailer from a few months ago I just found as well. In the sci-fi/psychological drama another planet that is going to collide with the Earth, but at the same time it also revolves around a wedding and the lives and relationships of certain people. It stars Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgard, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgard and Udo Kier.

If anything, a Lars von Trier movie will surprise you (Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Antichrist), so I do look forward to seeing Melancholia even if it does seem more mainstream than his previous works. The film premiered in May 2011 at the 64th Cannes Film Festival where Kirsten Dunst received the Cannes Film Festival’s Best Actress Award for her performance.

Here’s the press release, which includes a synopsis and
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New International Poster For Lars von Trier’s Melancholia Plus Stills

Source: FilmShaft - New International Poster For Lars von Trier’s Melancholia Plus Stills

A brand new international poster for Lars von Trier's eagerly anticipated drama, Melancholia, has been put online. The Danish auteur has attracted a great cast including Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Udo Kier and Stellan Skarsgård for what has been often described as a "psychological disaster film".

The poster looks to have taken its inspiration from a book jacket and is a classy affair. The stills themselves are gorgeous and very Scandinavian looking. This should be a treat after the horror of AntiChrist.

Synopsis:

Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland star together with Alexander Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier and Jesper Christensen. The behind-the-scenes team includes award-winning cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro Dff (Reconstruction), production designer Jette Lehmann (Flame and Citron), and costume designer Manon Rasmussen (Dancer in the Dark
See full article at FilmShaft.com »
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