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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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Sf Studios Preps English-Language Sci-Fi Series on Artificial Intelligence (Exclusive)

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Sf Studios, the Scandinavian company celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is developing an English-language series based on Max Tegmark’s 2017 New York Times bestseller “Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.”

The science-fiction series will follow a group of young scientists working at a startup who discover the first sentient artificial intelligence and envision ways in which it could be used to create a better world, which leads to a clash of ideals and morals. The show is a fictionalized treatment of Tegmark’s exploration of the ramifications of AI, which was translated in multiple languages and published around the world.

Fredrik Wikström Nicastro, the senior VP of international production, said the “series will be character-driven as well as boasts a dramatic dimension and a tone similar to ‘The Social Network’ and ‘Her.'”

The series will also explore ways in which AI can affect news,
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Allison Williams, Alexander Dreymon to Star in Survival Thriller ‘Horizon Line’

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Allison Williams, Alexander Dreymon to Star in Survival Thriller ‘Horizon Line’
Get Out” star Allison Williams and German actor Alexander Dreymon are set to star in the upcoming survival-thriller “Horizon Line” for STXfilms and Nordic company Sf Studios.

Principal photography will commence in Mauritius on Feb. 11 before moving to Dublin and then Pinewood in London. STXinternational is handling international distribution and will launch sales at the upcoming European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival.

Sf Studios’ Fredrik Wikström Nicastro (“Borg/McEnroe”) is producing, with Mikael Marcimain set to direct. The original screenplay was written by the team of Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken, who penned “10 Cloverfield Lane.”

Williams and Dreymon will portray former lovers who find themselves reunited ahead of their friend’s tropical island wedding. As the only passengers on a single-engine Cessna plane making its way over the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, a spark soon rekindles — but when their pilot suddenly suffers a heart attack,
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STXinternational to launch Efm sales on survival thriller 'Horizon Line'

STXfilms is producing alongside Nordic major Sf Studios.

STXinternational will launch worldwide sales in Berlin next week on survival thriller Horizon Line to star Allison Williams from Get Out and Girls, and Alexander Dreymon from The Last Kingdom.

STXfilms is producing alongside Nordic major Sf Studios, who developed the project and plans to produce more English-language films for the international market.

Sf Studios senior vice-president of international production at Sf Studios Fredrik Wikström Nicastro (Borg/McEnroe) serves as producer, and Mikael Marcimain will direct from a screenplay by 10 Cloverfield Lane writers Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken.

In Horizon Line
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‘Get Out’ Star Allison Williams to Star in Stx Survival-Thriller ‘Horizon Line’

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‘Get Out’ Star Allison Williams to Star in Stx Survival-Thriller ‘Horizon Line’
Allison Williams and Alexander Dreymon (“The Last Kingdom”) are set to star in “Horizon Line,” the upcoming survival-thriller for STXfilms and Nordic major Sf Studios, which developed the project.

“Horizon Line” follows former lovers Sara and Jackson who find themselves reunited ahead of their friend’s tropical island wedding. As the only passengers on a single-engine Cessna plane making its way over the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, a spark soon rekindles between the two. However, when their pilot suddenly suffers a heart attack, the couple must fight for their lives to stay airborne and find their way back to land.

Sf Studios’ own Fredrik Wikström Nicastro will produce, with award-winning director Mikael Marcimain set to direct. The original screenplay was written by Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken, who penned “10 Cloverfield Lane.”

Also Read: Kevin Hart Partners With STXfilms on 2 Comedies

“I am so excited to produce the first
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Allison Williams & Alexander Dreymon Board Stxfilms & Sf Studios’ Survival Thriller ‘Horizon Line’ – Efm

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Allison Williams & Alexander Dreymon Board Stxfilms & Sf Studios’ Survival Thriller ‘Horizon Line’ – Efm
Allison Williams and Alexander Dreymon are set to star in Mikael Marcimain’s survival thriller Horizon Line for STXfilms and Nordic major Sf Studios.

Written by 10 Cloverfield Lane‘s Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken, Horizon Line follows former lovers Sara and Jackson who find themselves reunited ahead of their friend’s tropical island wedding. As the only passengers on a single-engine Cessna plane making its way over the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, a spark soon rekindles. However, when their pilot suddenly suffers a heart attack, the couple must fight for their lives to stay airborne and find their way back to land.

Filming starts on February 11 in Mauritius before moving to Dublin and then Pinewood in London. STXinternational is handling international distribution. The company will launch sales on the new title at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin.

“I am so excited to produce the first English-language
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HBO Europe Greenlights Swedish Original ‘Beartown,’ Based on Bestselling Book

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HBO Europe has greenlit the Swedish original miniseries “Beartown,” which will be directed by Peter Grönlund and is adapted from Fredrik Backman’s (“A Man Called Ove”) bestselling novel of the same name.

The series, five episodes of an hour each, is being produced by Filmlance International, a company owned by Endemol Shine Group.

Written by Anders Weidemann, Antonia Pyk and Linn Gottfridsson, “Beartown” revolves around a Swedish forest town and its people who have put all their hopes in the junior ice-hockey team competing in the national semifinals.

The heavy burden resting on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys culminates in a violent act which leaves a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. “Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected,” HBO Europe said in a statement.

Ulf Stenberg and Aliette Opheim will star in the miniseries,
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HBO Europe Greenlights Swedish Drama 'Beartown'

HBO Europe has greenlit a Swedish-language series adaptation of Beartown, the best-selling novel by Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called Ove.

Set in a small, hockey-obsessed town in the Swedish wilderness whose community is torn apart by a violent act, Beartown will be turned into a five-episode drama by director Peter Gronlund (Drifters, Goliath), from a script by Anders Weidemann, Antonia Pyk and Linn Gottfridsson. Ulf Stenberg and Aliette Opheim star.

Filmlance International, part of Endemol Shine Group, will produce the series for HBO Europe. Bonnie Skoog Feeney and Mattias Arehn will produce, with Backman as executive producer, alongside HBO Europe's Hanne ...
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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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Ben Wheatley’s 'Happy New Year, Colin Burstead' finds Canadian home

Film premiered at 2018 BFI London Film Festival.

Northwest Pictures (Pnp) has acquired all Canadian rights from Goalpost Film to Ben Wheatley’s Happy New Year, Colin Burstead.

Neil Maskell from Wheatley’s Kill List stars alongside Charles Dance, Sam Riley, Joe Cole and Hayley Squires in the story about a New Year family celebration at a country manor that turns sour when an estranged brother turns up.

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead premiered at the recent 2018 BFI London Film Festival and Vancouver-based Pnp plans a nationwide theatrical release in 2019.

Wheatley’s business partner Andy Starke produced for Rook Films and said,
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Oscars 2019: Best Makeup and Hairstyling Predictions

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Oscars 2019: Best Makeup and Hairstyling Predictions
Rami Malek as Freddy Mercury (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), Tilda Swinton’s transformation in “Suspiria,” and Lady Gaga’s evolution as a pop star in “A Star is Born” are contending with period tour-de-force “The Favourite” for the year’s Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar.

And remember, Scandinavians often do well in this category. Remember “A Man Called Ove”? That’s why fantastical Swedish foreign-language entry “Border” has a shot.

No film will be deemed a frontrunner unless we have seen it. Lists in alphabetical order.

Frontrunners:

“Border”

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

A Star Is Born

Suspiria

Contenders:

Black Panther

Colette

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

“Mary Queen of Scots”

Craft Editor Bill Desowitz weighed in on these predictions.
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Tom Hanks As Mister Rogers: First Look At Oscar Winner In Character For Biopic

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Tom Hanks As Mister Rogers: First Look At Oscar Winner In Character For Biopic
Tom Hanks stepped out of his trailer to show off his signature Mister Rogers cardigan look in the untitled upcoming biopic about the beloved children’s TV host (see the first-look photo below).

The TriStar film is based on the true story of a friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. Per the official logline, Junod, a jaded magazine writer played by Matthew Rhys (The Americans) writes a profile of Rogers and in so doing “overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.”

Rogers, improbably, is a hot ticket in Hollywood after the spectacular returns for Morgan Neville’s documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The Focus release has grossed $22.6 million and counting.

The Hanks version is directed by Marielle Heller and written by: Noah Harpster & Micah Fitzerman-Blue. The cast also includes Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper. The producers are Youree Henley,
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Oscars: Sweden Selects Ali Abbasi’s ‘Border’ as Foreign Language Entry

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Oscars: Sweden Selects Ali Abbasi’s ‘Border’ as Foreign Language Entry
Sweden has selected Ali Abbasi’s Cannes winner “Border” as its entry for best foreign language film at this year’s 91st Academy Awards. The Swedish Film Institute announced the choice Tuesday.

Abbasi said he was “overwhelmed” that his film had been selected. “I thought it was impossible to even get to Cannes, but as the film has grown and now is being screened at festivals all over the world, the Oscars doesn’t seem so far away all of a sudden,” said Abbasi, who was born in Iran and educated in Denmark.

The film was chosen by the seven members of the Swedish Oscar Committee, which was presided over by Anna Serner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute.

“Border” saw its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard program at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in May, where it went on to win the section’s top prize.
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“Lawnmower Man” Director Brett Leonard Shooting Scripted Vr Series “Hollywood Rooftop”

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“Lawnmower Man” Director Brett Leonard Shooting Scripted Vr Series “Hollywood Rooftop”
The director whose 1992 cult film The Lawnmower Man helped bring virtual reality to the cinematic mainstream is working on a new project that he hopes will spark a new wave of Vr storytelling.

Brett Leonard’s latest endeavor, Hollywood Rooftop, is a scripted project that’s being shot simultaneously as a 10-episode virtual reality FragFilm and as a traditional 2D feature film. It combines aspects of movie-making — a character- and dialogue-driven narrative — with the 360-degree spatial language of Vr.

“What John Cassavetes did when the handheld camera came out, I believe we can have with Vr,” Leonard said in an interview with Deadline.

Hollywood Rooftop chronicles a group of talented young up-and-coming actors. They share their challenges, loves, failures and successes as they all try to “make it” in Hollywood.

Written by Mona Lisa Moru, who also will join the ensemble of young up-and-comers, the film features a cast of mostly European actors,
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André Leon Talley Bio-Doc ‘The Gospel According To André’ Lands UK Deal With Thunderbird Releasing

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André Leon Talley Bio-Doc ‘The Gospel According To André’ Lands UK Deal With Thunderbird Releasing
Exclusive: Thunderbird Releasing has picked up UK rights to fashion bio-doc The Gospel According To André from Magnolia Pictures.

The deal was negotiated by Edward Fletcher, Managing Director of Thunderbird Releasing, and Lorna Lee Torres, Head of International Sales at Magnolia Pictures.

Directed by Kate Novack, the Toronto 2017 doc explores the life and career of fashion journalist André Leon Talley, from his childhood in the segregated South to barrier-breaking work at Women’s Wear Daily, W and Vogue. The film blends archival footage with Talley’s own reflections, and features commentary from fashion-world luminaries including Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford.

The film topped specialty newcomers last weekend on its U.S. bow, drawing an $11k per-screen average in La and New York.

Fletcher commented, “It’s great to be partnering again with our friends at Magnolia on another stellar documentary. André Leon Talley has a remarkable story to
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Peter Haber joins 'Britt-Marie Was Here' as shoot gets underway

Peter Haber joins 'Britt-Marie Was Here' as shoot gets underway
Haber plays the husband of Pernilla August’s character Britt-Marie.

Peter Haber has joined the cast of Tuva Novotny’s Britt-Marie Was Here, which has now started shooting in Goteborg, Sweden.

Haber plays the husband of Britt-Marie, who as previously reported is played by Pernilla August. Other new cast members joining the production are Anders Mossling (The Bridge), Malin Levanon (Drifters) and Vera Vitali (Arne Dahl - Misterioso).

The Sf Studios production is adapted from another bestselling novel from Fredrick Backman, the author of A Man Called Ove.

The drama/comedy is about a 63-year-old woman who leaves her husband
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TrustNordisk Boards Jens Jonsson’s WWII-Set ‘The Spy’ (Exclusive)

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TrustNordisk has come on board to handle international sales on Jens Jonsson’s thriller “The Spy” (Spionen) about Sonja Wigert, Scandinavia’s acclaimed actress who turned into a double agent during World War II.

The film was produced by Karin Julsrud, Turid Øversveen and Håkon Øverås at 4½. “The Spy” toplines a prestigious Nordic cast, including Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (“Westworld”), Rolf Lassgård (“A Man Called Ove”), Alexander Scheer (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), Edvin Endre (“Vikings”), Gitte Witt Julsrud (“The Impossible”), Johan Widerberg (“Ocean’s Twelve”), Thomas Arnold (“Thor: The Dark World”), plus Ingrid Vollan and Anders T. Andersen (“Mammon”).

Written by Harald Rosenløw Eeg and Jan Trygve Røyneland (“Occupied”), the film charts the journey of famed Scandinavian actress Wigert who became a spy for Swedish intelligence after her father was imprisoned by the Germans. As she infiltrated deeper into the German spy network, threats and rumors
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Pernilla August to lead cast of Sf Studio's 'Britt-Marie Was Here'

Pernilla August to lead cast of Sf Studio's 'Britt-Marie Was Here'
Tuva Novotny will direct the Frederick Backman adaptation.

Pernilla August has signed on to lead the cast of Sf Studios’ Britt-Marie Was Here.

Source: Sf Studios

Tuva Novotny and Pernilla August

Sf has also confirmed that Tuva Novotny will direct the film, which will start shooting in April.

The film will be adapted by the best-selling novel by Swedish author Fredrik Backman, whose previous book A Man Called Ove was adapted by Sf Studios into an Oscar-nominated, box-office hit.

August will play the 63-year-old heroine Britt-Marie, who leaves her husband after 40 years of marriage and ends up in a backwater town, where she finds a new lease of life.

Gustav Oldén and Nicklas Wikström-Nicastro produce for Sf Studios, in co-production with Film i Väst, TV4, Nordsvensk Filmunderhållning and Filmkameratene As, with support from the Swedish and the Norwegian Film Institutes.

Sf will distribute in the Nordics, with a late 2018 theatrical launch planned. Sf also handles
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Interview with Hannes Holm, writer/director of A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove, 2015), is an emotional, inspiring drama with plenty of comic relief and one of the most feel-good films I’ve seen in quite a while. The film is a bildungsroman of its central character, Ove (Rolf Lassgård), who becomes a new version of his younger self through mourning the death of his wife. His process, as told by writer/director Hannes Holm, gracefully highlights, and punctuates, the human ability to honor the past and to learn presence in new surroundings. Starting from a place of loss, A Man Called Ove becomes a love story to friendship, with his neighbor, Parvaneh (Bahar Pars) and to rebirth. I spoke with Swedish writer/director Hannes Holm about writing a screenplay, who Ove represents, and the importance of all moments. The interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

CinemaNerdz: The film is based on a novel written by Fredrik Bachman.
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Movie Review: A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) is a humanist piece of new Sweden cinema originally released in 2015, reminiscent of last year’s excellent work, Rams, from nearby Iceland. Both films carefully explore emotion after tragedy and offer knockout protagonist and supporting character performances. While the storyline here is not new—a group of young souls soften the heart of a persnickety elder—the film’s elegance, led by writer/director Hannes Holm adapting the story from Fredrik Backman, is pitch perfect in situating us as bystanders with just enough distance from the characters to develop a healthy pathos. By healthy pathos, I mean that we never, truly, can characterize Ove (Rolf Lassgård), who is mourning the loss of his wife, as evil; if we have inklings of this we are pushed to see beyond his behaviors. This doesn’t mean we don’t let him off the hook,
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