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BERLIN 2019 EFM

TrustNordisk will be Out Stealing Horses in Berlin

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- The Danish firm is bringing Hans Petter Moland back to the Official Competition; its EFM slate also includes Göteborg winner Queen of Hearts and Thomas Vinterberg’s upcoming project

TrustNordisk will be Out Stealing Horses in Berlin
Out Stealing Horses by Hans Petter Moland

Danish international sales agent TrustNordisk is making its way to Berlin with an impressive line-up. In total, 16 of its films and projects are participating either in the 69th Berlin International Film Festival (7-17 February) or in the European Film Market (EFM, 7-15 February).

Starting with the Official Competition, Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland is returning to Berlin five years after his successful black comedy In Order of Disappearance [+see also:
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interview: Hans Petter Moland
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, with Out Stealing Horses [+see also:
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interview: Hans Petter Moland
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. An adaptation of the Per Petterson novel of the same name, the film is set in November 1999, with Stellan Skårsgard playing the lead role as a lonely 67-year-old widower called Trond, who is looking forward to spending New Year’s Eve 2000 on his own. However, as winter arrives, Trond finds out that he now has a neighbour – a man he knew 50 years ago and who marked his life forever after a decision made by his father when he was a teenager.

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At the EFM, TrustNordisk will bring the winner of Göteborg’s Dragon Award Best Nordic Film (see the news), Queen of Hearts [+see also:
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interview: May el-Toukhy
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 by Danish director May el-Toukhy, starring Trine Dyrholm, who also scooped the Dragon Award Best Acting. The film, which was also the audience’s favourite at both Göteborg and Sundance, picking up the respective awards (see the news), has high hopes for a wider release, as many territories are still available. Another Göteborg-premiered title, the Swedish magical romance Swoon [+see also:
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interview: Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein
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, directed by The Bridge duo Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein, will get a market screening, as will the Norwegian figure-skating biopic Sonja: The White Swan [+see also:
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 by Anne Sewitsky, which premiered internationally at Sundance.

The recently released tragic real-life story Congo [+see also:
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 by Norwegian director Marius Holst will also be available for market screenings. Two Danish films, the fantasy-adventure sequel The Shamer's Daughter II: The Serpent Gift by Ask Hasselbalch and the family-fantasy movie Wildwitch by Kaspar Munk, are also among the company’s market screenings. Finally, the selection is rounded off by two mini-series, the Zentropa-produced period family adventure Finding Home by Christian E Christiansen and the Swedish drama A Wedding, Funeral & a Christening by Colin Nutley.

Furthermore, TrustNordisk is promoting Paradise War by Swiss filmmaker Niklaus Hilber (Amateur Teens [+see also:
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), which follows the true story of Swiss human rights activist and environmentalist Bruno Manser, who joined a nomadic tribe living in the jungles of Borneo. Another true story is told in Swedish director Mikael Håfström’s thriller The Perfect Patient, which follows the Thomas Quick case (see the news). Moreover, the “mythological action road movie” Mortal by André Øvredal (news), the horror Lake of Death by Nini Bull Robsahm and the recently acquired fantasy-adventure Valhalla by Fenar Ahmad will be promoted by the Danish outfit.

Finally, as for pre-sales, the as-yet untitled new feature by Thomas Vinterberg is heading up the selection. Co-penned by the director and Tobias Lindholm, the story follows four high-school teachers who launch a drinking experiment. The rest of the pre-sales include Daniel by Niels Arden Oplev, the tragic story of freelance photographer Daniel Rye, who was captured while working in Syria in 2013 (see the news), and the second instalment in the successful Norwegian fantasy-adventure series The Ash Lad – In Search of the Golden Castle by Mikkel Brænne Sandemose.

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