A family’s farewell to a loved one – plus nuclear and drone warfare at Cannes


Danish international sales agency LevelK will introduce Oscar-winning director Bille August’s Silent Heart to the Cannes market

Currently in post-production, Danish Oscar-winning director Bille August’s family drama Silent Heart will attend the Marché du Film at Cannes on a promo reel from Danish international sales agency LevelK, which picked up the SF Film production just prior to Berlin. The film will be launched in late 2014-early 2015.

Danish actress Ghita Nørby, who played Ingmar Bergman’s mother in The Best Intentions – August’s Golden Palm winner in 1972 – stars in Christian Torpe’s story of a weekend when three generations of a family gather together to say goodbye to Esther – their wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and friend.

She is seriously ill, and they have accepted her wish to die before the disease gets any worse, but their decision is not easy to handle. Morten GrunwaldVigga BroPaprika SteenJens AlbinusOskar SælanDanica Curcic and Pilou Asbæk are among the cast; August’s latest feature was the romantic thriller Night Train to Lisbon[+].

LevelK CEO Tine Klint’s Cannes line-up includes Danish director Christina Rosendahl’s new thriller, The Idealist, with Søren MallingPeter Plaugborg and Thomas Bo Larsenin the leads. The first production from Toolbox Film follows an investigative journalist exploring a nuclear accident in Greenland in 1968, much to the authorities’ discontent.

More contemporary warfare is exposed in Norwegian director Tonje Hessen Schei’sDrone, currently a 58-minute documentary, with a feature-length version in the making. The Flimmer Film production shows how young video gamers are recruited to operate drones using their computers, killing people 7,000 miles away.

At Cannes, LevelK will also be marketing two Australian movies: Stephen Lance’s erotic drama My Mistress, starring Emmanuelle Béart and Harrison Gilbertson, which will have its world premiere in August; and BenChessell’s coming-of-age comedy Sucker, with John Luc in the lead.

via Cineuropa

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.