A packed New Nordic Films market brings the latest in quality Northern European cinema
by Jan Lumholdt
- Four full-on days of intriguing projects and activities await attendees as Haugesund’s New Nordic Films market kicks off
A note of lingering summer, a touch of approaching autumn and oodles of anticipation – it’s all in the air as the New Nordic Films market kicks off today in parallel with the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund. Four full-on days of market screenings, work-in-progress presentations, pitching forums, panels and networking await attendees as programmers, sales agents, producers, directors and a wide variety of international industry members gather around the very latest fare when it comes to high-quality Northern European cinema.
The market screenings – 19 in all – open with Iceland’s Hlynur Pálmason and his recent Cannes Critics’ Week favourite A White, White Day [+see also:
interview: Hlynur Pálmason
film profile]. Two upcoming Venice titles, Denmark’s Psychosia [+see also:
interview: Marie Grahtø
film profile] by Marie Grathø and Norway’s Beware of Children [+see also:
interview: Dag Johan Haugerud
film profile] by Dag Johan Haugerud, are among the programme’s 13 world market premieres. Sweden’s 438 Days [+see also:
film profile] by Jesper Ganslandt and The Spy by Jens Jonsson, and Danish stalwart Jesper W Nielsen’s The Exception are also being shown, as is 110% Honest by Norway’s Jannicke Systad Jacobsen (Turn Me On, Goddammit [+see also:
interview: Jannicke Systad Jacobsen
film profile]), a dark comedy about a professional cyclist, a doping scandal and the catastrophic year that ensues.
Several work-in-progress entries – 20 in total, all in post-production – already have a good buzz surrounding them. Jessica, the highly anticipated debut feature by Sweden’s Ninja Thyberg, deals, like her Cannes-awarded short Pleasure, with the American adult-film industry. Norway’s Maria Sødahl’s first feature since Limbo [+see also:
film profile] in 2010 is Hope [+see also:
interview: Maria Sødahl
film profile], soon to head for Toronto. Miss Osaka by Denmark’s Daniel Dencik is a dark tale of altered identity and Japanese nightlife. Other hot WiP entries include The Attack in Copenhagen by Ole Christian Madsen and The Good Traitor by Christina Rosendahl, both about factual events in Danish history, and the Finnish coming-of-age story Eden, the debut feature by Ulla Heikkilä. The Garden is by Iceland’s answer to Mike Leigh, Ragnar Bragason, and the host country is preparing to serve the world an intriguing and in-depth documentary on its great(est?) national pop treasure in a-ha: The Movie by the prolific Thomas Robsahm.
Six of the work-in-progress projects are nominated for the Eurimages Lab Project Award, given out to a work of a cutting-edge nature “to encourage a film that is experimental in form or content, made on the side of the traditional filmmaking framework and showing international collaboration”. The entries are Jessica, Miss Osaka, Inland by Jon Blåhed (Sweden), Nimby by Teemu Nikki (Finland), Sisters by Silje Salomonsen and Arild Østin Ommundsen, and Him by Guro Bruusgaard (both from Norway). An expert four-headed jury will present its top choice on Thursday.
Other highlights in the packed schedule include the Nordic Co-production Market, with 17 films in development; the Scandinavian Debut pitch; the Next Nordic Generation programme; and the unveiling of the Nordic Council Film Prize nominees. A total of 300 participants are expected for this 25th New Nordic Films event, co-managed by the Nordisk Film & TV Fond and running from 20-23 August.
For the full schedule and project lists, please click here.
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