The Scandinavian films being shown at the Cannes Market


With Cannes just around the corner, Danish international sales agency TrustNordisk has completed its lineup of Scandinavian films to be shown at the market.

TrustNordisk will present Peter Schønau Fog’s You Disappear, which stars Trine Dyrholm, Michael Nyqvist and Nikolaj Lie Kaas. The film is adapted from Christian Jungersen’s novel and tells the story of a highly respected headmaster who for three years has suffered from a slow-growing brain tumour and is now accused to embezzling funds from his Copenhagen school. But was he himself when he did it? The film is due for a February 2017 release.

The new Danish film starring Sofie Gråbøl and Lars Mikkelsen, The Day Will Come, is among the lineup. The film is set in an orphanage that sees that its young boys are treated rather strictly. We interviewed the films writer, Søren Sveistrup, in our new magazine.

Also being presented at the market is Magnus, the Norwegian documentary by Benjamin Ree who follows Magnus Carlson from the age of thirteen when he wants to be a chess champion, something he becomes nine years later.


Norway’s Pyromaniac, directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg, will also screen there. Recently released in Norway to critical acclaim, the film follows an arsonist in a small community who is actually one of the village firemen.

Lastly, the Danish feature film Walk With Me will be shown. The film stars Mikkel Boe Følsgaard and Cecilie Lassen and Følsgaard plays a soldier who has lost both legs during military service in Afghanistan and meets an aspiring ballerina in a rehabilitation centre.

TrustNordisk will also present selected scenes from four upcoming feature films: Finnish Saara Cantell’s Devil’s Bride, depicting a witch hunt on the Åland Islands in the 17th century; Norwegian Vibeke Idsøe’s The Lion Woman, portraying a little girl who was born in 1912 with fine yellow hair all over her body, including her face; Danish Nicolo Donato’s Across the Waters,following a Jewish family fleeing Nazi-occupied Denmark in 1943; and Danish Ole Bornedal’s black comedy Small Town Killers, about two artisans who are fed up with their lifeless marriages and hire a Russian assassin to do away with their wives.

Meanwhile, SF International (or newly named SF Studios) will present several films of its own. The Norwegian film Børning II: On Ice will be the main film on display. The film stars Anders Baasmo Christensen, Sven Nordin, Jenny Skavlan and Otto Jespersen.

In the Forest of the Huckybucky will be screened. This is a fully animated adaptation of Thorbjørn Egner’s childrens classic, which is written by Karsten Fullu.

Swedish director Helena Bergström’s comedy A Holy Mess will be shown and follows Simon and Oscar, a gay couple who have been together for five years and invite their homophobic families to meet for the first time at Christmas.

Swedish directors Catti Edfeldt and Lena Hanno Clyne’s Siv’s Sleeps Astray is about seven-year-old Siv, who is getting ready to sleep over at her friend Cerisia’s house for the first time. She finds it very odd, but with the help of two talkative badger buddies she learns to accept it.

Lastly is the documentary Supervention – Skiing on the Edge, starring World Cup Alpine ski racer Aksel Lund Svindal, Norwegian directors Filip Christensen, Even Sigstad, Jan Petter Aarskog and Lasse Nyhaugen show what it takes to leave normal life behind on the quest for winter sport perfection.


From the Finnish-Swedish sales agency Yellow Affair we get a healthy dose of Finnish films too. They will present The Mine, which is the new feature film by Aleksi Salmenperä, who won three Jussis – Finland’s national film prize, including Best Director – for Distractions (2015). The Mine is a drama-thriller about an ambitious young man who realises that the owner of a nickel and uranium mine in Lapland whose environmental permit he is in charge of is using methods that lead to environmental hazards.

Also to be shown are two films by Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki, his latest, Homecoming, and his 2015 title The Girl King, a portrait of Queen Kristina of Sweden. Two Swedish films will be shown by the agency – Alexandra-Therese Keining’s new feature, Girls Lost and Måns Månsson’s The Yard portrays a single father and poet (played by Anders Mossling) who loses his job as a critic when he writes a review of a non-existent book.

Danish sales agency LevelK will also be bringing some Scandinavian films to Cannes. Norwegian director Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken’s Cave will be the company’s launch film. This action thriller follows a group of former military elites who set out to explore an uncharted abyss, not knowing their worst nightmare is waiting for them deep beneath the ground. It was shot on location in Norway, except for some underwater scenes in Mexico. His feature debut, Returning Home, won the top prize at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck in 2015. The film will be released domestically on the 2nd of September.

LevelK’s line-up also includes Christian Tafdrup’s Parents, which had its world premiere at Tribeca. The film follows a middle-ages couple whose son is moving away from home. Left with a feeling of needlessness, they try to rekindle the magic of their younger days. We interviewed Christian in our new magazine. 

The Norwegian documentary Brothers will also be marketed. This documentary follows the close relationship between two brothers, Markus and Lukas.


Hopefully all of these releases mean more Scandinavian films abroad!


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.