Norwegian films sell at Cannes

Here is a list of all the Norwegian films that were sold at Cannes. List from the Norwegian Film Institute

Louder Than Bombs
Dir: Joachim Trier. Prod: Thomas Robsahm and Joshuan Astrachan, for Motlys AS.

At the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival the most popular Norwegian film was without a doubt Louder Than Bombs, directed by Joachim Trier – Norway’s first film in the main competition in 36 years. The popularity was reflected in international sales; Louder Than Bombs is sold to almost everywhere in the world, in almost all territories. So far a total of 92 countries – making it one of Norway’s best-selling dramas ever.

Out of Nature
(Mot naturen). Dir: Ole Giæver. Prod: Maria Ekerhovd, for Mer Film AS.

– So far Out of Nature has been sold to eight countries; Australia, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Netherlands and Portugal, says producer Maria Ekerhovd.

Two Buddies and a Badger
(Knutsen & Ludvigsen og den fæle Rasputin). Dir: Rasmus A. Sivertsen and Rune Spaans. Prod: Tordenfilm AS.

-We are thrilled about the huge interest in Two Buddies and a Badger triggered by the screening of a short teaser at the market in Cannes.  The interest in the market for this title confirms that animated films made in Scandinavia are in high demand among international distributors at the moment, says Solveig Langeland, Managing Director at Sola Media.

Valley of Knights: Mira’s Magical Christmas
(Julekongen). Dir: Thale Persen. Prod: Storm Films AS.

-We received great response in Cannes. We brought a teaser especially made for the international market. We focused on the large European countries first, and followed by and large the same strategy that we used with Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama (Kaptein Sabeltann og skatten i Lama Rama). We have received good offers from a number of countries, and the most interesting for sale so far are France, Germany, Italy, The Middle East, Turkey and Baltic Countries. In addition, several other countries have shown their interest, that we have yet to start negotiations with, says producer Frederick Howard at Storm Films.

The Last King
(Birkebeinerne). Dir: Nils Gaup. Prod: Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B. Kvae, for Paradox AS.

TrustNordisk has sold The Last King to Italy (Minerva Pictures Group), Czech Republic (Film Europe Media Company) Middle East (Gulf Film), India (Pictureworks) and Estonia (Estinfilm). Previously announced deals include sales to Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

– We are happy that international distributors have embraced this large scale Norwegian film. The Last King combines a strong storyline based on true events with great acting and high production value, and gives the audience the best of Scandinavian filmmaking. We look forward to seeing its huge international potential unfold in 2016, said Rikke Ennis, CEO at TrustNordisk.

Maiko – Dancing Child
(Maikos dans). Dir: Åse Svenheim Drivenes. Prod: Tone Grøttjord and Anita Rehoff Larsen, for Sant & Usant AS.

Sold to five countries; Japan, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxemburg.

Villmark Asylum
(Villmark 2). Dir: Pål Øie. Prod: Einar Loftesnes, for Handmade Films in Norwegian Woods.

No sales, but the film generated huge interest in the largest territories, says producer Einar Loftesnes.

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.