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Marie Grahtø Sørensen’s TEENAGE JESUS to pitch at L’Atelier

The first feature project by Danish director Marie Grahtø Sørensen, Teenage Jesus, is selected for the development programme at the Cannes Festival.

Teenage Jesus is developed from Grahtø Sørensen’s Teenland, which was her graduation film at the independent Super16 film school in Copenhagen. The project is one of fifteen potential new features whose filmmakers, while in Cannes, are offered meetings with industry professionals as a gateway to international financing.

Teenage Jesus is about Viktoria, a celebrated psychologist who is hired at a psychiatric ward for young women. Among them is Jenny, a violent and highly intelligent 18-year-old punk with a death wish. Viktoria blindly accepts the challenge to help Jenny, ultimately ending up putting her own sanity at risk. Through an intense psychological war the two women form a complicated and intimate bond.

The film is being developed with producer Amalie Lyngbo Quist of Beo Starling and is supported through the Danish Film Institute’s talent programme New Danish Screen, Nordisk Film & TV Fund and Creative Europe.

Marie Grahtø Sørensen has been nominated for the Danish Fim Academy’s Robert twice while in film school. She has travelled the festival circuit with her three short films Daimi (2012), Yolo (2013) and Teenland (2014), including Rotterdam, SXSW, Palm Springs and more.

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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.