Veteran helmers Ole Bornedal, Erik Poppe, Mikael Håfström, newcomers Mika Gustafson, Sara Gyllenstierna and rising talent Ula Selim are among 15 Nordic helmers to pitch their feature projects in post-production at this year’s Nordic Film Market.
The leading Nordic film confab will run 2-5 February in a hybrid edition parallel to Sweden’s 46m Göteborg Film Festival (January 27-February 5), Scandinavia’s largest film-TV event.
For its first full-scale outing post-Covid and the first year at the helm of industry chief Josef Cullengaard, the Nordic Film Market is set to draw a record 500 delegates on site, on top of around 60 online visitors. “The interest from the international industry is amazing! This will be a record year for us, even compared to the pre-pandemic period,” boasts. Cullengaard, a habitué of behind-the-scenes gigs, allowed Sia Edstrom in October to focus on Showcase’s TV drama Vision program.
Kullengård said that maintaining an online version, while focusing on the physical market was a natural step, because “the future is hybrid”. “Manufacturing, distribution, consumer characteristics are all transformative and confab organizers are trying to find the best sustainable model to capture the market,” he observed. “For us it is the best way to support the commercial and artistic development of Nordic films and to bring together Nordic and international representatives.”
For global industry representatives unable to travel to Sweden’s second largest city, the digital edition will include a selection of market screenings and streamed pitches of projects in post and development.
This year’s 53 headline-strong programs reflect a Nordic smorgasbord of “what’s happening in the Nordic region,” as directed by the industry chief. “Our ambition is to highlight the voices of gender, ethnic, social plurality among the Nordics,” continued Kullengård. “We are proud to have so many projects from women directors and a good mix of established and new voices. One of the consequences of the pandemic is that we have a record number of projects in development, so our discovery strand has a very strong slate.
Female prodigies set to film their latest at Discovery include Te Lindeberg of “Today in Heaven” as “The Seal Woman,” Isabella Carbonell of “Dogborn,” “Utopia” and Fanny Metelius of “The Heart” 2001,” while Patricia Bbaale Bandak, nominated for a Danish Robert Film Award with his short “Villa Villekulla,” will make his fiction debut with “Wannabe.” Among the rising Danish talents, genre-savvy Gabriel Bier Gislason (“Attachment”) will star in the Nordisk Film-produced “No Wait.” All 11 Discovery titles were open for sale at press time.
Debuting at Göteborg’s confab is the Talent to Watch platform with 10 Swedish newcomers due to film on Feb. 2, such as “House of the Dragon” star Nanna Blondel, making her debut behind the camera with “Skin to Skin.” All projects in the new strand have seeded development for the Swedish Film Institute’s new Talent to Watch scheme.
A handful of other female hopefuls will unveil their works, such as Mika Gustafsson, a student of Ruben Östlund at Gothenburg’s Valland Film Academy. His realistic drama “Sisters,” about three socially deprived young sisters, was produced by Hobab’s writer-director Nima Yousefi (“Clara Sola”).
In the suspense genre, debutante Sarah Gyllenstierna, who started with Spike Lee from AD, will present “Hunters on a White Field”, where Magnus Kreper (“The Unlikely Murderer”, “Margrete-Queen of the North”) and Ardalan Ismaili (” Snabba Cash”, “The Charmer”) take part in a hunt that turns into a dangerous game.
New talent from Iceland and former NYU Tisch School alumnus Nina Palmadotti will bring “Loneliness,” which chronicles the friendship between an elderly farmer forced to move to the city and a paper delivery boy. The play, written by Rúnar Rúnarsson (“Volcano”), was awarded the Artechino International Prize at Les Arcs Film Fest 2021. Party Film Sales is attached
Emerging Danish filmmaker Ulla Selim (“Sons of Denmark”) will unveil footage from her sophomore sci-fi “Eternal,” described by Kullengaard as “a poignant love story that turns to climate change and social issues, with true cinematic flair. filmed with.” New Europe Film Sales handles sales.
Among the heavyweight Nordic names in the works are Erik Poppe (“The Immigrants”), with his WWII drama “Quisling” from Reinvent International Sales, the “Nightwatch-Demon’s Forever” sequel Ole Bornedal. 1994 hit, repped by TrustNordisk; and Mikael Håfström (“Outside the Wire”), his star-studded period drama “Stockholm Bloodbath,” produced by Viaplay and repped by Viaplay Content Distribution.
Seasoned Danish director Birgitte Stærmose (“Room 304”) will present her event hybrid “Children of the Lost Heaven,” an extension of her acclaimed short film “Out of Love,” featuring disadvantaged street children in Kosovo.
Another standout work highlighted by Kullengård is acclaimed Norwegian helmer Dag Johan Hagarud’s (“Beware of Children”) film trilogy “Sex Dreams Love,” produced by Motleys in partnership with Viaplay.
Meanwhile the program of 17 Nordic titles takes in several Gothenburg world premieres, including the Rotterdam-bound “Copenhagen Doesn’t Exist,” “Four Little Adults,” “100 Seasons,” “Manvirki17,” “Superposition” and the opener. Exodus” and the closing film “Camino.”
The Nordic Film Market is in the works, the full lineup:
Hisham Zaman’s “A Happy Day” (Snowfall Cinema, Norway)
“Boy” by Søren Green (Asta Film, Denmark)
“Child of Lower Heaven” by Birgitte Stærmose (Magic Hour Film, Denmark)
“Comeback” by Petri Kotvika (Helsinki Films, Finland) “Cold” by Erlingur Throdsen (Compass Films, Iceland)
“Eternal” by Ula Selim (Hine Films, Denmark)
“Glasker (English title TBC) by Elina Sahlin (Makeriet, Sweden).
“Hunters on a White Field” by Sarah Gyllenstierna (Most Alice Films, Sweden)
“Nightwatch – Demons Forever” by Ole Bornedal (Nordisk Film Production, Denmark)
“Sex Dreams Love” by Dag Johan Hagarud (Motlis, Norway).
“Sister” by Mika Gustafsson (Hobab, Sweden)
“Solitude” by Ninna Palmadottir (Pegasus Films, Iceland)
“Stockholm Bloodbath” by Mikael Hafström (Viaplay, Nordics)
“Stormskerry Maza” by Tina Limmy (Solar Films, Finland)
“Quisling” by Erik Poppe (Paradox, Norway)
“100 Seasons” by Giovanni Bucchieri (French Quarter Film, Sweden)
“Camino” by Birgitte Stærmose (Motor, Denmark)
“Copenhagen doesn’t exist” by Martin Skovbjerg (SnowGlobe, Denmark)
“Dancing Queen” by Aurora Gosse (Oslo Pictures, Norway)
“Ellos Eatnu-Let the River Flow” by Ole Giæver (Mer Film, Norway)
“Empire” by Fredrik Aspok (Meta Film, Denmark)
Abe Hasan’s “Exodus” (B-Reel Film, Sweden)
“Four Little Adults” by Selma Vilhunen (Tuffy Films, Finland)
“Manvirki” by Gustav Geir Bolson (Go to Ship, Iceland)
“Munch” by Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken (The Film Company, Norway)
“One Day It’ll All Be Yours” by Andreas Ohmann (Grand Slam Films, Sweden)
“Operation Napoleon” by Óskar Thór Axelsson (Sagafilm, Iceland)
“Shadow Island” by Johan Sturm (Stormax Films, Sweden)
“Superposition” by Caroline Lyngby (Beau Stirling, Denmark)
Pamela Toler “The Worst Idea Ever” (Helsinki Filmi, Finland)
“Tove’s Room” by Martin Jandvlit (Nordisk Film Production, Denmark).
Christian Arhoff’s “Victor vs. the World” (Haini Film, Denmark)