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Berlin’s 2019 Market: Smaller, More Select, Slower

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FilmNation Entertainment’s “Reminiscence,” Agc Studios’ “Voyagers” and Rocket Science’s “Trial of the Chicago 7” were buzz titles at a 2019 Berlin market, which, compared to the last two years, proved smaller, more select and slower.

Directed by Neil Burger and produced by Basil Iwanyk, who rolled into Berlin to pitch the project to buyers, sci-fi thriller “Voyagers” pre-sold across the world, as did another Agc Studios title, Yuval Adler’s thriller “The Secrets We Keep,” starring Noomi Rapace and Joel Kinnaman.

Hugh Jackman toplines “Reminiscence,” another sci-fi thriller, which, besides “Voyagers,” was the other true-blue big title hitting the market at Berlin.

Another big title was Stx Intl.’s “Greenland,” from Anton and Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Films. Gerard butler is in advanced negotiations to star in the film.

“There’s activity on the market. Deals are going down,” said Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz.

But the European Film Market also
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“Annihilation” – Alex Garland and Natalie Portman: Hollywood Film Tribute

Today we are recognizing Annihilation, as well as writer/director Alex Garland, plus star Natalie Portman. Our Hollywood Film Tributes recognize films and talent for their excellence in the art of filmmaking. It’s been almost 12 months since Annihilation blew audiences away, or at least those who actually saw it. Not catching on with a wide audience led to it being ignored most of awards season, including with the Academy. Still, Alex Garland’s vision, Natalie Portman’s performance, and the singular look of it all rings true. Today, we pay tribute to it, and rightly so… Here is a bit from our rave review that went up in February, nearly a year ago: Folks, Ex Machina was no fluke. Alex Garland, long a top tier genre screenwriter, has evolved into one of the more exciting filmmakers out there. His latest directorial outing, the hugely ambitious Annihilation, is easily among
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Cohen Media Group Buys North American Rights to ‘Britt-Marie Was Here’ From Sf Studios (Exclusive)

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Cohen Media Group has acquired North American rights to Tuva Novotny’s to “Britt-Marie Was Here,” the Swedish comedy-drama that is based on a bestselling novel by Fredrik Backman, the author of “A Man Called Ove.”

Represented in international markets by Sf Studios, “Britt-Marie Was Here” stars Pernilla August as a 63-year-old woman who leaves her husband after 40 years of marriage and is forced to reconsider her life. The film also stars Peter Hamer.

“We fell instantly in love with ‘Britt Marie’ and so will American audiences as soon as they discover her,” said John Kochman, executive vice president at Cohen Media Group.

Sf Studios has also sold the film to Germany (Prokino), Spain (Watson and Holmes), Japan (Shochiku), South Korea (Kth), Taiwan (Movie Cloud), Iceland (Myndform), Baltics (Estinfilm), former-Yugoslavia (Cinemania), Benelux (September Film), Switzerland (Ascot Elite) and Hungary (Cirko Film).

Anita Simovic, head of international sales at Sf Studio,
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Sundance hit 'Queen Of Hearts' wins world's most lucrative film prize in Goteborg

Other winners include Transnistra, Lucky One, Season

May el-Toukhy’s Danish drama Queen Of Hearts has won Goteborg’s Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film.

The cash award of $110,000 (1m Sek) makes it the world’s most lucrative film prize. The prize is financed by Presenting partner Volvo Car Group alongsie Region Västra Götaland and the City Council of Gothenburg.

The jury included directors Adina Pintilie, Jyoti Mistry and Dominga Sotomayor, author Hanne-Vibeke Holst and Nick James, editor of Sight & Sound.

They said Queen Of Hearts “is a many-layered film that challenges our preconceptions about the moral ad sexual forces
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Danish Melodrama ‘Queen Of Hearts’ Reigns at Goteborg Fest

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Danish Melodrama ‘Queen Of Hearts’ Reigns at Goteborg Fest
Goteborg — Danish helmer May el-Toukhy’s second feature, the provocative melodrama “Queen Of Hearts,” about a successful attorney starting an affair with her teenage step-son, came away the biggest winner at Sweden’s 42nd Göteborg Film Festival, scoring the generously endowed Best Nordic Film kudo. The film also received the Audience Award for Best Nordic Film and the star, Trine Dyrholm, nabbed the fest’s new award for Best Acting.

El-Toukhy’s feature earlier screened in the World Cinema competition of the Sundance Film Festival where Variety reviewer Guy Lodge wrote, “Trine Dyrholm is tremendous as an unlikely sexual predator in May el-Toukhy’s chilly, question mark-laden provocation.”

Swedish helmer Anna Eborn captured the Best Nordic Documentary title and a purse of approx. $12,585 for “Transnistra,” a remarkable look at youth, love and friendship in the breakaway republic Transnistra. It marks the second prestigious prize of the weekend for the film,
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Göteborg Festival Highlights the Rise of Nordic Comedy

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“Focus: Nordic Comedy is a tribute to the contemporary Nordic comedy and an attempt to try to understand humor’s social and political role in today’s culture,” says Göteborg fest artistic director Jonas Holmberg. He admits that it was partially conceived as an antidote to the fest’s other focus on the Apocalypse. He says, “The Apocalypse was the first one we came up with. It really engaged us, but we were worried that it might seem too dark or too hopeless.”

He added: Then we realized that the last four out of five winners of the European Film Awards for best comedy came from the Nordic countries; that they were films whose success was not just in their home territories.”

It’s true. Nordic comedies are becoming as popular world-wide as Nordic noir. The Swedish film “A Man Called Ove,” adapted from the popular book by Fridrik Backman and directed by Hannes Holm,
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Goteborg to host 2019 Eurimages Audentia Award

The $34,000 prize is aimed at promoting gender equality.

The Goteborg Film Festival will open with Miia Tervo’s Aurora from Finland, about a party animal Finnish woman in Lapland who meets an Iranian asylum seeker, on January 26.

The festival will close with the world premiere of Swedish directors’ Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein’s Swoon on February 4. The period romance is about two young lovers from families who own rival amusement parks.

The festival will screen 376 films from 83 countries.

Full lists of the films in the festival’s five competitions below.

The festival will host Eurimages’ Audentia Award competition for
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Goteborg Film Festival Unveils Full Lineup of 42nd Edition

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The 42nd edition of the Goteborg Film Festival will open on a light note with Miia Tervo’s romantic comedy “Aurora,” which marks the Finnish director’s feature debut. Also set to compete in the Nordic and Audentia sections, “Aurora” marks Tervo’s follow up to her critically acclaimed documentary short, “Lumikko,” which was nominated at the European Film Awards in 2010.

The festival will close with “Swoon,” a fantasy-filled love story directed by Stein and Mårlind, the pair behind hit drama series “The Bridge,” “Midnight Sun” and “Shelter” with Julianne Moore. “Swoon” follows the impossible romance between Ninni and John, the young heirs of two rival families who own neighboring amusement parks.

Along with the launch of the Dragon Award for best acting, the Goteborg Film Festival will also host the Audentia Award, a prize created by Eurimages to honor the best female-directed film of the year. The Audentia Award
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #137. Suicide Tourist – Jonas Alexander Arnby

Suicide Tourist

Danish director Jonas Alexander Arnby assembles an impressive cast and crew for his sophomore feature Suicide Tourist. The Scandinvaian-German-French co-pro is produced by Eva Jacobsen, Mikkel Jersin and Katrin Pors for Denmark’s Snowglobe, while Germany’s Dcm, Norway’s Mer Film, France’s Charades, and Sweden’s Film i Vast and Garagefilm International have also been involved in production. Arnby returns to work with his When Animals Dream Dp Niels Thastum as well as composer Mikkel Hess. Greece’s Yorgos Mavropsaridis serves as editor. A stellar cast consists of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Tuva Novotny, Sonja Richter, Jan Bijvoet, Kaya Wilkins, Robert Aramayo, Sobørg Højfeldt, Lorraine Hilton and Johanna Wokalek.…
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Video Interview: Tuva Novotny & Pia Tjelta – Blind Spot

A film about the invisible manifestation of pain and sufferance, a good title substitute for Annihilation actress-turned-filmmaker Tuva Novotny‘s debut would be along the notion of bracing for impact. Norwegian actress Pia Tjelta (Eva Sørhaug’s 90 Minutes) becomes the poster person for the entire cycle of complete shock and incomprehension in Blind Spot – a marvel to watch in terms of its visual strategy, but incisively impactful due to how within the layers of bleakness there is a place of renewal. Selected for the Toronto International Film Festival’s Discovery section, the film would travel to San Sebastien for competition, I was curious about how style influenced performance (this was photographed by Jens Assur’s Ravens cinematographer Jonas Alarik) and of course the collaboration between the pair.…
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First teaser trailer for Jesper Ganslandt's '438 Days' (exclusive)

First teaser trailer for Jesper Ganslandt's '438 Days' (exclusive)
Gustaf Skarsgård and Matias Varela lead the cast.

As Afm kicks off, Sf Studios is launching the first teaser for Jesper Ganslandt’s 438 Days, which is now in post production.

Gustaf Skarsgård and Matias Varela lead the cast.

The drama/thriller is based on the true story of Swedish journalist Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson, who were on assignment in Ethiopia (researching the impact of the hunt for oil on the local population) in 2011 when they were captured, accused of terrorism and sentenced to 11 years in prison.

They were pardoned and released from jail after 438 days inside the notorious
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Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to lead Suicide Tourist

Variety is reporting that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) has signed on to lead the cast of Suicide Tourist, a romantic mystery drama which is shooting now under Danish director Jonas Alexander Arnby (When Animals Dream).

Suicide Tourist follows Max, an insurance claims adjuster whose investigation into a man’s disappearance leads him to a uniquely secretive hotel which offers its guests elaborate assistance in fulfilling their fantasy suicides. Caught in his own existential crisis, Max soon begins to question his perception of reality and wonders if death is the only way out of the hotel.

“[I’m excited to be] working on a truly original, thrilling and moving love story,” said Coster-Waldau. “We are halfway through the shoot, and my enthusiasm has only increased seeing the set design, the work by our Dp Niels [Thastum] and my fellow actors.”

In addition to Coster-Waldau, the film also stars Tuva Novotny (Annihilation), Sobjørg Højfeldt (Ride Upon the Storm
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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Set for ‘Suicide Tourist’ (Exclusive)

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Set for ‘Suicide Tourist’ (Exclusive)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister in “Game of Thrones,” heads a distinguished European cast in “Suicide Tourist,” a mystery drama with romantic elements from Copenhagen-based Snowglobe, whose production credits include “Thelma,” “The Untamed” and “Birds of a Passage.”

Described by Snowglobe in a statement as its most ambitious film to date, “Suicide Tourist” marks Danish director Jonas Alexander Arnby’s follow-up to his breakout debut “When Animals Dream,” which played in Cannes Critics’ Week and sold to Radius for the U.S. and to another score of territories. Paris-based Charades has acquired world sales rights to “Suicide Tourist” and will introduce the title to buyers at next week’s American Film Market in Santa Monica.

Coster-Waldau stars opposite Sweden’s Tuva Novotny, co-star of international productions such as “Borg vs. McEnroe” and Alex Garland’s “Annihilation.”

Arnby’s “When Animals Dream” proved catnip to distributors because of its director-driven
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Film Review: ‘Blind Spot’

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Film Review: ‘Blind Spot’
There are moments of life-and-death crisis in which time simultaneously stops and stretches, becomes both immaterial and absolutely of the essence, and few spaces do more to blur it than a hospital — where lives end, begin and are drastically altered in seconds that pass like centuries. In her wrenching debut feature “Blind Spot,” Norwegian actress-turned-filmmaker Tuva Novotny nails that panicked, indefinably elastic form of time, making expert use of a potentially gimmicky technical device to do so. Shot in real time in a single, appropriately exhausting take, Novotny’s film follows a family plunged into a severe emotional hellscape when a seemingly well-adjusted teenage girl jumps from a fourth-storey window, forcing them (and us) to unpack an inexplicable tragedy with nary a spare moment to breathe.

Narratively speaking, what happens in “Blind Spot” might have filled a single arc of an “ER” episode back in the day. What makes the
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Tuva Novotny's 'Blind Spot' wins at Cph Pix

Tuva Novotny's 'Blind Spot' wins at Cph Pix
The film is about a troubled teenage girl and her parents.

After its world premiere in Toronto and best actress prize in San Sebastian, Tuva Novotny’s debut feature Blind Spot has now picked up the New Talent Grand Pix, with a cash prize worth $7,000, at Cph Pix in Copenhagen.

Novotny, a Swedish actress living in Denmark, directed her first feature in Norway. Shot in one real-time take, the story follows a troubled teenage girl and her parents responding to a crisis.

The jury was comprised of Tatiana Leite (Brazil), Joachim Lafosse (Belgium) and Jesper Ganslandt (Sweden).

The jury praised Novotny and Blind Spot,
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'Between Two Waters' wins Golden Shell at San Sebastián 2018

Benjamín Naishtat wins best director Silver Shell for Rojo.

Spanish production Between Two Waters (Entre Dos Aguas) by Isaki Lacuesta has won the top award at the San Sebastián Film Festival, marking a second Golden Shell for the Spanish director who after claiming the top prize in 2011 for The Double Steps.

Between Two Waters tells the story of two Roman brothers who meet again after years apart, one having spent some time in prison, the other in the army.

The title is a Spanish expression that translates to “neither here nor there”, and is also the title of a classic
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San Sebastian Festival: Isaki Lacuesta’s ‘Between Two Waters’ Wins Golden Shell

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San Sebastian Festival: Isaki Lacuesta’s ‘Between Two Waters’ Wins Golden Shell
San Sebastian — Isaki Lacuesta’s “Between Two Waters” won big at San Sebastian Saturday night, taking its top Golden Shell, the second time the Catalan director has won the award, after 2011’s “The Double Steps.”

Otherwise, the big winner of the night was Benjamin Naishtat’s covert violence thriller “Rojo,” which took director, actor (Dario Grandinetti) and cinematography (Pedro Sotero).

This year’s edition saw a a hugely-raised Hollywood star quotient, a half score or more of A-list talent hailing into town to tub-thump titles: Bradley Cooper (“A Star is Born”), Ryan Gosling (“First Man”), Alfonso Cuarón (“Roma”), Robert Pattinson (“High Life”), Chris Hemsworth (“Bad Times at the El Royale”), John C. Reilly (“The Sisters Brothers”).

As Venice becomes ever more an Oscar platform, movies will now hit San Sebastian three weeks later, often off Toronto, their stars in tow, to capitalize on and push their potential Academy Award glory.
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Off Set 2018 Tiff Portrait Series: Blind Spot

With acting and filmmaking in her blood, is was perhaps only a matter of time when Tuva Novotny would make the move behind the camera. Last year, the actress took on supporting parts in Janus Metz’s Borg vs McEnroe and Alex Garland‘s Annihilation, while 2018 would see Novotny premiere Blind Spot at Tiff (Golden Shell comp title at San Sebastian) with her sophomore feature Britt-Marie Was Here (starring Pernilla August) not that far behind in terms of a release. Her gut-wrenching, unrelenting drama on how society often passes the buck is a technical marvel for its choreography and one take film aesthetic.…
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10 Things to Watch for at the San Sebastian Film Festival

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10 Things to Watch for at the San Sebastian Film Festival
With its 66th edition running Sept. 21-29, San Sebastian is the highest-profile festival in the Spanish-speaking world. Here are 10 things to watch for at this year’s installment.

Pursuing Parity

Could the tide be turning? Following Cannes, Locarno, Sarajevo and Venice, of European events, San Sebastian will sign a gender-parity charter at this year’s event. More eye-catching, San Sebastian joins a growing bevy of events — Venice Days and Mexico’s Morelia, for example — in having at least one major section with more titles directed by women than men. In San Sebastian’s case, it is the 2018 Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum. That makes sense: Screening finished films, festivals depend on women’s movies getting made, and highlighting projects can further that goal. “We support ways for more women’s films to get made,” says San Sebastian director José Luis Rebordinos.

Stars

Danny DeVito, Judi Dench and Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose “Shoplifters
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Swedish hit 'The Unthinkable' scores UK, Canadian deals (exclusive)

Disaster thriller was a box-office hit in Sweden this summer.

Swedish thriller The Unthinkable (The Blomstertid Now) has sold to Signature Entertainment for the UK and Mongrel Media for Canada.

Sf International has now sold the disaster thriller to more than 70 countries. The film was a box-office hit in Sweden this summer for the company’s distribution arm, Sf Studios, racking up more than 100,000 admissions.

Other deals struck include German-speaking territories (Ascot Elite), French-speaking territories (Wild Bunch), Italy (Bim Distribuzione), Spain (Adso), Turkey (Filmarti), Japan (New Select), China (Times Vision), Taiwan (Movie Cloud) and South Korea (Lumix).

The Unthinkable will
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