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Works in Progress

13 works in progress will be presented at the 2021 online edition of Nordic Film Market

43:e festivalen
24 Jan -
3 Feb, 2020

Works in progress presentations are only available to accredited participants at Nordic Film Market during the event. No press allowed.

The Nordic Film Market programme was presented at the festival’s online industry platform available to the market delegates. Exclusive one-on-one meetings between the projects and market delegates will be followed after the presentations, by invitation only.

Check out the Discovery (films in development) here

 

The selected works in progress for the 23rd edition Nordic Film Market are:

Margrete – Queen of the North

Margrete – Queen of the North (Denmark) directed by Charlotte Sieling, produced by Birgitte Skov and Lars Bredo Rahbek, SF Studios. Sales, REinvent.

1402. Queen Margrete is ruling Sweden, Norway and Denmark through her adopted son, Erik. But a conspiracy is in the making and Margrete finds herself in an impossible and heart-wrenching dilemma that could shatter her life’s work: the Kalmar Union.

Contact: Helene Aurø, helene.auro@reinvent.dk

Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil (Denmark) directed by Christian Tafdrup, produced by Jacob Jarek, Profile Pictures. Sales, TrustNordisk.

On a vacation in Tuscany, a Danish family instantly become friends with a Dutch family. Months later the Danish couple receive an unexpected invitation to visit the Dutch in their wooden house and decide to go for the weekend. However, it doesn’t take long before the joy of reunion is replaced by misunderstandings. Things gradually get out of hand, as the Dutch turn out to be something very else than what they have pretended to be. The small Danish family now find themselves trapped in a house that they wish they had never entered.

Contact: Nicolai Korsgaard, nicolai@trustnordisk.com

Night of Dying

Night of Dying (Denmark), directed by Tea Lindenburg, produced by Lise Stender and Jesper Morthorst, Motor. Sales, TBA.

Told over 24 hours in one location, Night Of Dying is a story about one night at the end of the 1800s that changes 14-year-old Lise’s life forever. Lise is the eldest of eight siblings. She is in love, she is the first in her family to go to school, and she is full of hope and confidence in life. But when her mother goes into labour, it quickly appears that something is wrong: As night falls and the birth intensifies, Lise must prepare herself: a day that began in childhood might end with her becoming the woman of the house. Night Of Dying is a story about the lot of women, about becoming an adult, about losing faith but trying to hold onto the most important thing of all: Hope.

Contact: Lise Orheim Stender, lise@motorproductions.dk 

The Pact

The Pact (Denmark) directed by Bille August, produced by Jesper Morthorst and Karin Trolle, SF Studios & Motor. Sales, REinvent.

Aged 62 Karen Blixen is at the pinnacle of her fame and next in line to win the Nobel Prize for literature. It’s been 17 years since she gave up her famous African adventure only to return to Denmark in ruins. Devastated by syphilis and having lost the love of her life she has reinvented herself as a literary sensation. She is an isolated genius, however, until the day she lays eyes on a handsome 29 year old poet. She promises him literary stardom if he in return will obey her unconditionally – even at the cost of him losing everything else in his life. The Pact is an breathtaking drama in the vein of Dangerous Liaisons. A heart-wrenching story of a sorcerer and her apprentice, about how far you will go for love and art.

Contact: Helene Aurø, helene.auro@reinvent.dk

The Venus Effect

The Venus Effect (Denmark) directed by Anna Emma Haudal, produced by Lise Stender and Rikke Lassen, Motor. Sales, TBA.

Liv is in her early 20s. She works in the family greengrocer business in the provinces when, without warning, she falls in love with the spirited and tempestuous Andrea. Andrea claims to be suffering from stress; but, in reality, she is heartbroken and has sought refuge at her uncle’s apple plantation. Liv has barely cut the apron strings from her parents when Andrea bursts into her life and becomes the catalyst for an identity crisis, which teaches her that love and family may assume many forms. The VENUS EFFECT is a romantic comedy about daring to love another person and oneself – a warm, funny tale about finding yourself in love.

Contact: Lise Orheim Stender, lise@motorproductions.dk

 

Golden Land

Golden Land (Finland) directed by Inka Achté, produced by Liisa Karpo, napafilms. Sales, CAT&Docs.

When Finnish Mustafe discovers his ancestors’ land in the horn of Africa is full of copper and gold, he decides to leave behind the boring but safe life in Finland. Taking his family to Somaliland, an unrecognised, self-declared state in East Africa, comes with an obvious culture shock. As Mustafe struggles to lift the treasures from underground, his kids embark on a bumpy journey to uncover where they really belong.

Contact: Catherine Le Clef, cat@catndocs.com

Yellow Sulfur Sky

Yellow Sulfur Sky (Finland) directed by Claes Olsson, produced by Jukka Helle and Hanna Virolainen, Solar Films. Sales, TBA.

The Yellow Sulphur Sky is a bittersweet film about the difficulty to hold on to love and friendship during decades. The main character of the film, the middle-class Frej, who tries to be an author, falls madly in love with the upper-class girl Stella Rabell and is fascinated by the life of her wealthy family. When Alex, Stella’s older brother, now the CEO of Rabell´s business empire, has been stabbed on the street, Frej has to walk down the memory lane of his youth and later decades which are full of forceful experiences of love and jealousy, life and death. The Yellow Sulphur Sky is a story about class distinction and about the social game in which friendship and suspicion alter over the years

Contact: Jukka Helle, jukka.helle@solarfilms.com

Cop Secret

Cop Secret (Iceland) directed by Hannes Thór Halldórsson, produced by Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir, Pegasus. Sales, TBA.

A tough super-cop, in denial about his sexuality, falls in love with his new partner while investigating a string of bank robberies where nothing seems to have been stolen.

Contact: Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir, lilja@pegasus.is

Wolka

Wolka (Iceland), directed by Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson, produced by Hilmar Sigurdsson and Beggi Jónsson, Saga Film. Sales, ARRI Media International.

Wolka tells the story of Anna, who gets released from a Polish prison. Once free, Anna has but one goal, which is to find a woman called Dorota but to fulfill it, she needs to break her parole, break the law, and head on to the remote island of Iceland.

Contact: Moritz Hemminger, mhemminger@arri.de

Nothing to laugh about

Nothing to laugh about (Norway) directed by Peter Næss, produced by Gudny Hummelvoll and Eleonore Anselm, Hummelfilm, and Rikke Ennis, REinvent. Sales, TrustNordisk.

Kasper Berntsen (40) is a successful stand-up comedian. He has everything a man could ask for: His regular gig at the city’s top comedy club, his beautiful girlfriend and his fabulous life as a public figure. However, one day everything changes. Kasper is laid off and loses his regular gig, and the same night he gets home, his girlfriend leaves him. To make matters even worse, Kasper is faced with the worst nightmare imaginable when he is called to the doctor to discover that he has incurable cancer. All on the same day. Nothing To Laugh About is the heartwarming story of Kasper’s life coping with a serious illness, and how he gains a newfound self-belief and finds laughter again.

Contact: Nicolai Korsgaard, nicolai@trustnordisk.com

Clara Sola

Clara Sola (Sweden) directed by Nathalie Alvarez, produced by Nima Yousefi, Hob Ab. Sales, TBA.

Clara, 40, withdrawn and with an intuitive relationship to nature, is believed to have a special connection to God. As a “healer”, she sustains a family and a village in need of hope. Clara’s sexuality, which has always been repressed by her mother, is stirred by her attraction to her niece’s new boyfriend. This new awakened force takes Clara through unexplored territory, allowing her to cross boundaries, both physical and mystical. Empowered by her self-discovery, Clara gradually frees herself from her role as “saint”, which allows her to finally heal herself.

Contact: Nima Yousefi, nima@hobab.se 

The Emigrants

The Emigrants (Sweden) directed by Erik Poppe, produced by Fredrik Wickström Nicastro, SF Studios. Sales, REinvent.

Set in the 1850s, Kristina and Karl-Oskar leave Sweden and barks upon a journey across the Atlantic to give their children a better future in America. In a grand and timeless adventure this the story about the courage to go into the unknown to find a new home. The courage to follow the longing of dreams. The movie is based on the beloved best-selling novels by Vilhelm Moberg.

Contact: Helene Aurø, helene.auro@reinvent.dk

The School Master Games

The School Master Games (Sweden) directed by Ylva Forner, produced by Sofia Ferguson, Northern Fable. Sales, LevelK.

At St Sebastian, a university where everyone are gay men and everything pulsates of eroticism and power games, the strict Schoolmaster works. His secret bdsm-affair with his student Charles, comes to an abrupt end when a mysterious carving on his door brings back a traumatic memory from his past. Simultanesly, the auditions for the annual Winter Procession engulfs the boy quartet; Tim, Fred, Paul and Noak, and the process challenges their internal hierarchy and threathens their friendship and unity.

Contact: Tine Klint, tine.klint@levelk.dk

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