More Nordic films selling around the world

The Last King

The Nordic international popularity only seems to be getting bigger and bigger. Nicolas Winding Refns latest film, The Neon Demon, has been picked up by international distribution companies around the world, along with other Nordic films like The Last King The Here After.

Written by Mary Laws, The Neon Demon follows an aspiring, young model who moves to Los Angeles, where she becomes the target of a group of beauty obsessed women, eager to devour her youth and vitality by any means necessary. The film stars Elle Fanning, Abbey Lee, Keanu Reeves and Karl Glusman. Frances Gaumont and Wild Bunch are co producing the film, which has been sold to Germany, the UK, Italy, Latin America, South Korea, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Canada and of course Scandinavia.


The Last King, directed by Nils Gaup, is a medieval tale about two Norwegian warriors efforts to bring their last remaining heir to the throne across the mountains to safety. The film has already been generating buzz from the Cannes film festival, and has since been acquired by Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Middle East, India and Estonia. The film stars Jakob Oftebro, Kristofer Hivju and Thorbjørn Harr.


Lastly, Polish-based, Swedish director Magnus von Horn’s feature debut, The Here After, which had its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, has been licensed to Nour Films (for France), Soda Pictures (the UK) and Atnine Film (Korea), also by Denmark’s TrustNordisk Film Sales.The Swedish-Polish production by Madeleine Ekman for Zentropa International Swedenand Mariusz Włodarski for Lava Films, with Sophie Erbs for France’s Cinéma Defacto, will be domestically distributed by Nordisk Film in Sweden and Gutek Film in Poland.

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.