Works in Progress
Works in Progress of Nordic Film Market
Works in Progress of Nordic Film Market
15 Nordic works in progress were presented at this year’s Nordic Film Market on February 3 and 4 at Stora Teatern.
The selected works in progress at the 24th Nordic Film Market:
B.O.Y (Denmark), directed by Søren Green, produced by Pelle Folmer, Morten Holst and Per Holst, Asta Film. Sales: TBA
16-year-old Tobias is forced by his absent mother to spend the summer with his grandparents where he falls in love with the more experienced Aron. However, inner demons prevent Tobias from accepting anything other than fleeting affection and when a tragedy strikes, he plunges headfirst into a dark hole of self-harm, lust, and loneliness.
Sales contact: TBA
Children of the Lowest Heaven (Denmark), directed by Birgitte Stærmose, produced by Lise Lense-Møller, Magic Hour Films. Sales: TBA
In the murky streets of post-war Pristina 2009, a group of children sell cigarettes and whisper tales of loss and hope. Now young adults with children of their own, the war lingers on in their hearts, and they still fight for survival and dignity in one of Europe’s youngest and poorest nations. The only escape from the harshness of their reality is religious fundamentalism or emigration. A collective portrait of a state of being, set in a world now marked by a new devastating war in Europe.
Contact: Lise Lense Møller, email@example.com
Eternal (Denmark), directed by Ulaa Salim, produced by Daniel Mühlendorph, Hyæne Film. Sales: New Europe Film Sales
Young climate change scientist, Elias, falls in love with an aspiring singer, Anita. But when an opportunity arises for him to join a mission researching a dangerous climate change phenomenon – a mysterious fracture on the ocean floor – he chooses career over love. Years later, during his mission, he experiences a vision of what his life could have been like if he made a different choice, and his new obsession becomes to get his old life and love back.
Sales contact: Jan Naszewski, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nightwatch – Demons Are Forever (Denmark), directed by Ole Bornedal, produced by Thomas Heinesen, Nordisk Film Production. Sales: TrustNordisk
The young medicine student, Emma, is determined to help her father overcome his trauma from the fatal night the psychopathic inspector Wörmer almost killed him and Emma’s mother. She starts to unravel the sinister acts of Wörmer and how the fear of his return, has tormented and scarred her family. But Emma’s investigation of the past unintentionally initiates a bloody revenge on all of those who sealed Wörmer’s destiny. Emma and her father are now surrounded by vindictive maniacs whose only motive is revenge.
Sales contact: Susan Wendt, email@example.com
Comeback (Finland), directed by Petri Kotwica, produced by Aleksi Bardy, Helsinki-filmi. Sales: TBA
No Love Lost rocketed to fame and made its members stars. Guitarist Tony has drunk himself to poverty when a message reaches him: after years of sobriety, singer Katarina has relapsed and is in dire straits. Tony gets a visit from Katarina’s distant daughter Ellie. She’s looking for answers to questions about her family – in exchange for the key to the band’s comeback. Wanting to reclaim their fame and money, Tony and bassist Pete set out on an adventure – determined to bring No Love Lost back.
Contact: Aleksi Bardy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stormskerry Maja (Finland) directed by Tiina Lymi, produced by Markus Selin, Jukka Helle, Hanna Virolainen, Solar Films. Sales: TBA
Stormskerry Maja tells a lifespan story of Maja, her husband Janne and their family. They move together to a barren and remote island of Stormskerry. Their everyday life on Stormskerry is relentless hard work for survival. Maja, grown up in a world of old values, awakens an awareness of the advent of a new era: a woman can be an equal operator instead of a mere bystander. Stormskerry Maja is a story of an extraordinary woman who experiences the kind of love that every human being should have. A love that transcends the boundaries of death.
Contact: Hanna Virolainen, email@example.com
A Happy Day (Norway), directed and produced by Hisham Zaman, associate producer Turid Øversveen, Snowfall Cinema. Sales: Arthood Entertainment
Three teenage boys are stuck at a remote asylum centre in the frozen north of Norway. To avoid being sent out of the country on their 18th birthdays, they hatch a plan to escape over the mountain to a place where their dreams can be fulfilled. But when one of them falls in love, their plan begins to unravel.
Sales contact: Said Nur Akkus, firstname.lastname@example.org
Quisling – The Final Days (Norway), directed by Erik Poppe, produced by Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B. Kvae, Paradox. Sales: REinvent International Sales.
The German occupation of Norway ends after five years on May 8, 1945. The rebuilding of the nation must begin, but the chapter of Nazi occupation must be closed for healing to start. Vidkun Quisling, the Prime Minister of Norway and notorious Nazi collaborator, sits in a dark cell at Akershus Fortress. He has made the greatest betrayal of all and must now be held accountable for his actions and the atrocities that the ideology of Nazism led to.
Sales contact: Helene Aurø, email@example.com
Sex Dreams Love (Norway), directed by Dag Johan Haugerud, produced by Yngve Sæther and Hege Hauff Hvattum, Motlys. Sales: TBA
Sex Dreams Love is a trilogy consisting of three loosely connected stories that in different ways thematize sex, love and inner longings. Moral fables and existential drama comedies about sexuality with a queer sensibility set in Oslo today. All three films will be launched within the same year, premiering in spring, summer and fall of 2024.
Contact: Yngve Sæther, firstname.lastname@example.org
Glaspest (Sweden), directed by Elina Sahlin, produced by Christian Kielberg, Makeriet. Sales: TBA
This drama revolves around horses, drugs and EPA tractors in rural Sweden. Farmgirl Jackie is 13 when her daring best friend Nova dies in a drug-related accident. Devastated and partly to blame, Jackie runs away from her family farm in order to find the mailman who supplies the village’s kids with drugs. Despite the 17 years age difference, Jackie moves in with the dealer in his ramshackle apartment, determined to stay until she learns the truth about the fateful night.
Contact: Christian Kielberg, email@example.com
Hunters on a White Field (Sweden), directed by Sarah Gyllenstierna, produced by Maria Larsson Guerpillon and Charlotte Most, MostAlice Film. Sales: TBA
In this mysterious suspense drama, three men – Alex, Greger and Henrik – spend an extended weekend in a remote cabin, intending to hunt deep in the Swedish woods. Their plan is to go duck hunting on a lake and stalk deer in the woods. An initial spell of hunting success sharpens their instincts and stirs a sense of rivalry. But one day all animals vanish without a trace and the forest turns eerily quiet. Yet the men are determined to continue the hunt.
Sisters (Sweden), directed by Mika Gustafson, produced by Nima Yousefi, Hobab. Sales: Intramovies
A working-class area in Sweden. Laura (16), Mira (12) and Steffi (7), live alone, as their mother is often gone. When social services demand a meeting, Laura must find someone to play their mom, to avoid foster care and the three sisters being separated. Laura keeps this a secret, so as not to worry her younger sisters, but frictions arise with the meeting inching closer, hanging them on a thin line between the euphoria of freedom and the depths of discomfort.
Stockholm Bloodbath (Sweden), directed by Mikael Håfström, produced by Helena Danielsson and Jim Cargill, Viaplay Studios. Sales: Viaplay Content Sales
In the bloody year of 1520 two women hunt five men in a quest for revenge. When her wedding ends in a massacre and her family is murdered, Anne goes on a revenge rampage together with her foster sister Freja. Their quest leads them to Stockholm where they are drawn into a ruthless power play culminating in a mass execution – an event that would kill nearly 100 Swedish nobles and civilians and become known to history as the Stockholm Bloodbath.
Sales contact: Vimish Gandesha, Vimish.Gandesha@viaplaygroup.com
Cold (Iceland), directed by Erlingur Thoroddsen, produced by Heather Millard and Sigurjón Sighvatsson, Compass Films & Eyjafjallajökull Entertainment. Sales: LevelK
As Ódinn investigates decades old deaths at a juvenile treatment center, he begins to suspect that the sinister secrets he uncovers are connected to his ex-wife’s mysterious suicide as well as his teenage daughter’s strange behavior.
Sales contact: Debra Liang, firstname.lastname@example.org
Solitude (Iceland), directed by Ninna Pálmadóttir, produced by Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir and Hlín Jóhannesdóttir, Pegasus. Sales: Party Film Sales.
Gunnar is forced by the state to sell his country home. He leaves without looking back, abandoning his horses to relocate to the capital. He soon meets 10-year-old Ari and their friendship proves to be transformative for them both.