42:a festivalen 25 jan - 4 feb, 2019

Works in Progress and Development

42:a festivalen
25 Jan -
4 Feb, 2019

Works in Progress 2018


State of Happiness (Lykkeland)

Produced by: Maipo Film

Photo: Petter Skafle Henriksen / NRK / Maipo film

Produced by: Synnøve Hørsdal and Ales Ree, Maipo Film
Broadcaster: NRK (Norway)
Duration: 8 x 45 minutes
Screenplay: Mette M. Bølstad
Based on an idea by Synnøve Hørsdal and a concept by Siv Rajendram Eliassen
Director: Petter Næss & Pål Jackman

State of Happiness tells the story of Western prosperity, a changing nation, a Klondike town, and four young people who are thrown into a whirlwind of opportunities. It’s the summer of 1969 in the small coastal town of Stavanger, Northern Europe. International oil companies have been test drilling for years, but nothing has been found and they are in the process of leaving. Stavanger lives off fish, and the North Sea is emptying out. The town is in crisis. The night before Christmas 1969, Phillips Petroleum finds the largest sub sea oil basin in history. And everything is about to change.


The Hunters (Jägarna) 

Produced by: Harmonica Films and SF Studios

Photo: Oscar Lovnér/CMore/TV4

Produced by: Per Janérus & Björn Carlström, Harmonica Films and SF Studios
Broadcaster: C-More, TV4 (Sweden)
Screenplay: Björn Carlström, Stefan Thunberg
Director: Jens Jonsson
Duration: 6 x 45 minutes

Criminal investigator Erik Bäckström (Rolf Lassgård) has moved back to his old ancestral village in northern Sweden. The rural community and its people are slowly making progress after a long time of recession. But a sudden brutal death puts the hope for a bright future at risk. “The Hunters” resumes the theme from the successful feature films “The Hunters” and its sequel. A suspenseful crime drama about close ties and strong loyalties within a small community.


Projects in Development 2018


All the Sins 

Concept & script: Merja Aakko & Mika Ronkainen
Director: Mika Ronkainen
Producer: Ilkka Matila / MRP Matila Röhr Productions Oy
Duration: 6 x 50 minutes

Lauri, 32, is sent to investigate two murders of old men in the northern town where he grew up. The job offers him a way out of confronting his failing relationship and the therapy his partner has forced him to start. However, the homosexual Lauri ends up facing the conservative Laestadian religious community and his family that he left ten years ago. Together with his easy-going colleague, Sanna, 46, he has to resolve in front of his home town whether one has the power to forgive all the sins.



Producer: Hörður Rúnarsson
Production company: Glassriver
Duration: 8 x 45 minutes

On a cold Reykjavík morning female detective Sandra awakens all battered up after three days of drinking, not remembering anything. Hungover investigating a rape and murder of a young woman the crime scene feels familiar and the injuries on the body resemble the ones she woke up with that morning. She identifies that in order to solve the case she reluctantly has to go on the trail of her BLACKOUT.


Burn baby burn

Creator: Marijana Verhoef
Writers: Marijana Verhoef, Ognjen Sviličić
Duration: 6 x 50 minutes
Language: German, English, Serbian

Esther, a journalist from Berlin, arrives in a remote town in Eastern Serbia to investigate Slavic witchcraft. She becomes deeply engaged in witchcraft, culminating in a ritual where she takes over the body of a local woman. Having left her own body behind, Esther starts living as a doppelganger having only one wish – to become a perfect witch. Her plan clashes with the secret agenda of the pagan community. And her ambition gets challenged by the unexpected arrival of her fiancé Maximilian. Presented in collaboration with CineLink Drama at the Sarajevo Film Festival.


The Beehive

Creators and writers: Domante Urmonaite and  Martynas Mendelis
Broadcaster: SKY Italia
Duration: 10 x 50 minutes

Underground corporation Beehive transforms our present world with a unique illegal technology allowing people to swap their minds. Beehive’s agents can occupy their client’s body for up to eight hours to perform any demanded service from a visit to a dentist to speaking in Japanese. After shady Beehive’s affairs affect agent Jonas personally, he attempts to beat the system from inside. Presented in collaboration with Series Mania and TFL SeriesLab.

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