TrustNordisk is ramping up sales for the chiller ‘Superposition’3 min read
Following its world premiere at the Intl. Earlier this week at the Film Festival Rotterdam, where it continues to have sold-out screenings, Caroline Lyngby’s “Superposition” is scaring audiences outside the Netherlands, TrustNordisk has signed a deal with September Film Rights in Benelux, in Poland with Mayfly, the former Yugoslavia cinema group, and CIS region with Provzglyad – Vesta LLC.
“I’m very interested in genre,” says Lingbai diversity At the Dutch festival. “Denmark has more of that dramatic tradition, but recently we’ve opened up. I always look up to Von Trier and Lynch and I’m a huge fan [Robert Eggers’] ‘The lighthouse.’ When you mix genre with a character-driven plot, you get something special.”
In the film – produced by Amalie Lyngbo Quist for BO Starling Ivs – Stine and Tait decide to leave their comfortable city life behind. With their young son, they head straight to the Swedish forest where they are supposed to heal their relationship, marked by betrayal and mutual recriminations. But when their child disappears into the forest, they discover they are not alone. They actually have neighbors who look like them.
“I thought it would be fun: you meet these people but they’re not some horrible version of you. They’re the same, only their circumstances are a little different. So what should you do now?,” laughs Lingbai.
“It’s a chance to see your faults from the outside, but it can also be great. Here is someone who already knows everything about you, who accepts you completely and has the same problem Who knows how much you actually hate your husband.”
Faced with a rather unusual doppelganger problem, the couple – Marie Bach Hansen and “A Royal Affair’s” Mikael Bo Folsgaard – must uncover their long-dormant problems.
“Maybe it’s this relationship that makes this relationship, maybe it’s something else. The thing is, they can’t get over it,” observes the director.
“They are used to talking, expressing their every thought. It doesn’t really help them – they still don’t trust each other at all. But suddenly there is no luggage? What if you see your partner as before?”
Determined to create a sense of overwhelming dread, Lingbai wasn’t interested in jump scares, trying to find fear and suspense in “organic places,” he says.
“We don’t want it to be too impact-driven. It was important to keep it at this existential level, while still suggesting that something is seriously off.”
He also shared the trailer diversity, the pair’s ambitious plan to “find each other as a family and as a couple” quickly went down the drain. But while aware of their faults, Lingbai did not want to ridicule his heroes.
“I’m these people. I see them everywhere I go,” she says. “I have a daughter, a boyfriend who’s an artist. We have exactly the same problem. At the same time, I know we’re privileged and spoiled—just like Stine and Like tight.”
“I feel for them though, because they are trying their best too. We all keep thinking: ‘How can I be happy? How can I be perfect, in every area of my life, all the time?’ Many people, myself included, are looking for ways to avoid this constant stress. And just be.”
Despite its mysterious setup, as briefly explained in the story, Lingbai wanted to keep things simple in “Superposition”.
“We talked a lot about how much we should expose. At one point, they were supposed to have a quantum computer under their house,” he jokes.
“Then I realized it didn’t matter at all. It was better to put the audience and the characters in the same position: nobody knows what’s going on. But it’s really happening – it’s not just some crazy dream. I didn’t want to get too technical about it, so you have to get into this crazy universe and take it for what it is.”
Buoyed by the film’s warm reception — at the time of writing, “Superposition” is still among IFFR audiences’ top 10 favorites — Lingbai intends to continue playing with genre elements in his work.
“I would say that this film is a combination of arthouse that is much more accessible, which I love and I’m keen to explore that further. There is an audience for that.”