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The Nordic films selected for the Nordic Film Market 2018

Nearly fifty films have been selected for the Nordic Film Market 2018, which brings the industry together to showcase the upcoming releases seeking funding and distribution.

Here are the titles:

Denmark

  • A Better Life dir. Michael Noer. The film is set in 1850s rural Denmark and stars Jesper Christensen as an old farmer who, with his family, is facing starvation. In his attempt to secure his daughter a better life, the farmer sets off to find her a suitable husband, but to make this happen, he will compromise his own moral values. A Better Life is currently filming.
  • Happy Ending dir. Hella Joof. Happy Ending is about a married couple close to retirement who find themselves drifting apart as they both have different aspirations.
  • Happy People dir. Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm.
  • That Time of Year dir. Paprika Steen. This film is Paprika Steen’s directorial debut and is set around Christmas time. The film stars Sofie Gråbøl, and you can read more about it here.

Finland

  • One Last Deal dir. Klaus Haro. Haro is, of course, known for his festival favourite The Fencer.

  • Stupid Young Heart dir. Selma VilhunenStupid Young Heart is the highly anticipated second feature film from Vilhunen after her hit Little WingStupid Young Heart is about two teenagers who discovery they are expecting a baby and decide to keep it – partly as a statement to their families who have lost touch with what goes on in the teenagers lives.
  • The Human Part dir. Juha LehtolaThe Human Part is about a northern county in Finland where there is no money and a family has been torn apart. A brilliant impostor is born, who wants to bring his family together and make them stronger than ever. You can read more about it here. 

 

Iceland

  • The Deposit dir. Asthildur Kjartansdottir. Based on the novel by Auður Jónsdóttir, the film is about Gisella, who becomes bankrupt and is left with a lavish Reykjavik house that she inherited. Desperate for cash, she decides to let out two spare bedrooms in her home. Zulola, a Muslim woman from Uzbekistan who came to Iceland after being shunned by her family moves in. Abeba, an illegal immigrant from Eritrea, and her six-year- old daughter Luna take the second room.

  • Woman at War dir. Benedikt Erlingsson. Erlingsson wowed us with 2013’s Of Horses and Men, and now he is back with a new film. A Woman at War is about a single fifty-year-old woman who declares war on the heavy industry in her town. She resorts to sabotage and is willing to risk everything for nature and these virgin highlands… until a Ukrainian orphan enters her life.

Norway

  • Beware of Children dir. Dag Johan Haugerud. Set in an Oslo suburb, Beware of Children starts out during recess where thirteen-year-old Lykke, the daughter of a Labour Party politician, accidentally kills Jamie, the son of a high profile right wing politician. The film traces the aftermath of the accident.
  • Pheonix dir. Camilla Strøm Henriksen

  • Queen of Ice dir. Anne Sewitsky. This film is a biopic about the skating champion and actress Sonja Hennie.

Sweden

  • A Stranger dir. Mikel Cee Karlsson. A Stranger is a documentary produced by Platform Production.
  • Anna Odell Untitled dir. Anna Odell. Starring Mikael Persbrandt, the film will follow two famous people trying to find their true identity.
  • Bergman dir. Jane Magnusson. This documentary will focus on Bergman’s relationship with his female actresses, many of them he had romantic relationships with.
  • Goliath dir. Peter Gronlund. Goliath is a drama-thriller about a teenage boy living in an industrial town who has to take over the shady family business after his father gets imprisoned.
  • Swoon dir. Mårs Mårlind, Bjorn Stein. This film is a Romeo and Juliet inspired story set in an amusement park.

Another nine films will be pitched at the Discovery section. These films are:

  • Breeder dir. Jens Dahl (Denmark)
  • Burning Man dir. Itonje Søimer Guttormsen (Norway)
  • Dogborn dir. Isabella Carbonell (Sweden)
  • Lets Do Some Living in the Afterlife dir. Giovanni Buchhieri (Sweden)
  • Forget Lucia dir. Hannaleena Hauru (Finland)
  • Josefin & Florin dir. Ellen Fiske, Joanna Karlberg (Sweden)
  • One-Off Incident x10 (Finland)
  • The Opponent dir. Milad Alami (Sweden)
  • Valdesaz dir. Liv Joelle Barbosa Blad (Norway)
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.