Nordic Genre Cinema celebrated at Cannes

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Nordic genre films are flourishing in an unseen manner at the Cannes Film Festival. To celebrate the great leap forward, the Nordic Genre Invasion initiative, regions’s biggest genre movie event Night Visions International Film Festival and  the Finnish Film Foundation are throwing the first ever Nordic Genre Party in Cannes at the Scandinavian Terrace on Tuesday, May 19.

 The Nordic features with a particularly strong presence at Marche du Film 2015 include the Finnish slasherfest Bodom, an adaptation of the retro video game classic It Came from the Desert, the Swedish psychological horror Sensoria and the Norwegian Villmark Asylum, a stand-alone sequel to a local box office hit from 2003.
 Villmark Asylum, directed by Pål Ole and produced by Einar Loftesnes and Bendik Heggen Stronstad for Filmkompaniet MadMonkey and YesBox Productions of Norway is currently in post-production. Epic Pictures launched the international sales of the title at Marche du Film 2015. With its Norwegian theatrical premiere set in October 2015, pan-Scandinavian rights were sold to Another World Entertainment during the market.
 It Came from the Desert, by the Finnish tag team of director Marko Mäkilaakso (War of the Dead) and producer Teemu Virta and executive producer Tero Kaukomaa (Iron Sky) for Roger! Pictures is being handled by Raven Banner Entertainment. It has so far secured distribution for Canada, China, France and Germany, with more announcements in the pipeline on the coming days.

Bodom is a slasher based on a true story from Finland of the 1960s, directed by Taneli Mustonen and produced by Aleksi Hyvärinen for Don Films. From the director of The Reunion, the biggest local box office hit in Finland in 2015, Bodom just secured pan-Scandinavian distribution during the market.

Sensoria, directed and produced by Christian Hallman for Grindhouse Pictures of Sweden, is being handled by 108 Media. The anticipated fictional feature debut secured distribution for North America during the market.

The Nordic Genre Party in Cannes is also kicking off the next stage of the Nordic Genre Invasion initiative, a collaborative effort of Nordic genre production companies focusing on genre-related product for the Nordic and the international market. With its revamped structure, Nordic Genre Invasion is committed to becoming the one-stop hub of Nordic genre product for sales companies and festivals worldwide.

– Finnish Film Foundation

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.