Scandinavia proves popular at the American Film Market

Sales agents have revealed after the closing of the American Film Market that deals have been made around films made by some notable Scandinavian filmmakers, the Nordisk Film and TV Fund reports.
In a deal announced last Saturday, Paris-based Wild Bunch and Gaumont sold US rights to Nicolas Winding Refn’s upcoming film The Neon Demon, with plans to be released in cinemas next summer followed by streaming online.  The tale of murderous LA models stars Elle Fanning (pictured), Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone. The film produced by Refn’s company Space Rocket Nation will be released in Scandinavia by Scandox and in France by French outfit The Jokers (recently launched by former Wildside founder Manuel Chiche). The French release will be jointly orchestrated by Le Pacte.
TrustNordisk announced that Magnolia Pictures has picked up rights for the Norwegian epic film The Last King, directed by Nils Gaup. The film will open in Norway in February 2016.
The Yellow Affair continued sales on Mika Kaurismäki’s The Girl King, which was sold to the Philippines. The Girl King will be released in Finland on December 11.

The Swedish fantasy Girls Lost about gender confusion was sold to Vendetta for Australia and New Zealand. Alexandra Therese Keining’s film will also open in Estonia via Estinfilm. Folkets Bio has booked the Swedish premiere for February 19, 2016.

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.