Scandinavian Films Sell in LA

TrustNordisk has closed deals for Germany and Benelux for the new Swedish comedy-drama A Man Called Ove, which is part of the company’s catalogue for the American Film Market in LA. Also featured in the market are Norwegian Roar Uthaug’s The Wave and Dane Anders Morgenthaler’s I am Here.

Cineuropa says:

“Since we announced pre-sales a couple of weeks ago, the interest from distributors has been enormous, so we have high expectations for its international potential,” explainedRikke Ennis, CEO of TrustNordisk. Based on Swedish author Fredrik Backman’s bestseller, Ove is a grumpy old man who has given up on everybody, including himself – but then a new family moves in next door. The Annica Bellander production for Tre Vännerwill be ready in December 2015.

Also among the AFM pre-sales is Danish director Kenneth Kainz’s The Shamer’s Daughter, from Danish author Lene Kaaberbøl’s novel, which Nepenthe Film will ready for a March 2015 release, and Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune, based on his own play about life in a Danish commune between 1975 and 1985, produced by Zentropa Entertainments for an August 2015 premiere.

In addition, the pre-sales line-up also features Scandinavia’s first disaster movie, Norwegian director Roar Uthaug’s The Wave, starring Kristoffer Joner as an experienced geologist in the middle of a fjord tsunami, staged by Fantefilm Fiksjon for an August 2015 launch; Danish director Anders Morgenthaler’s English-language drama I Am Here, a Zentropa Entertainments production starring US actress Kim Basinger; and German director Baran bo Odar’s thriller Who Am I – No System Is Safe [+], from Wiedemann & Berg, and starring Danish actress Trine Dyrholm.

TrustNordisk will also be selling two Danish films that have already been launched domestically: Danish director Nils Malmros Sorrow and Joy [+], from last year – Denmark’s official submission for the Oscar nominations – and Mikkel Nørgaard’s The Absent One [+], the second part of the Jussi Adler-Olsen Department Q franchise, which after a record opening has so far taken 637,488 admissions in five weeks. Lastly, the catalogue also includes a Norwegian movie released last week (2 November): Norwegian director Gunnar Vikene’s Here Is Harold, a Mer Film production about an attempt to kidnap IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad.

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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.