TrustNordisk touting The House That Jack Built at Cannes
by Vassilis Economou
- Lars von Trier shrugs off his persona-non-grata status and returns to the Croisette for the tenth time; his new effort is the jewel in the Danish sales agent’s crown
Danish international sales agent TrustNordisk is heading to the 71st Cannes Film Festival (8-19 May) at full pelt with a former festival pariah on board, as after a seven-year enforced absence, Lars von Trier is returning for the tenth time to his regular Promenade walk of fame.
Added during the second round of announcements, Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built [+see also:
interview: Lars von Trier
film profile] is in Cannes’ Official Selection as an Out of Competition screening. Set in the USA in the 1970s, the story follows Jack (Matt Dillon) through five incidents as we are introduced to the murders that define his development as a serial killer. Everything is seen from Jack’s highly intelligent perspective, and his murders are presented as works of art. Jack’s dysfunctional social presence will gradually be exposed through descriptions and after encountering the mysterious Verge (Bruno Ganz). The cast is rounded off by Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, Siobhan Fallon Hogan and Sofie Gråbøl as some of the women whom Jack meets along the way.
As expected, The House That Jack Built has already secured its presence in multiple territories, as TrustNordisk has already promoted it at previous markets. For the Cannes Film Market (8-17 May) screenings, the Danish sales agent is bringing along the upcoming Swedish compilation Bergman Revisited, which comprises six different films inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s legacy and is being made for the centenary celebrations of his birth. Exploring different genres, from Bergmanesque drama to animated satire, the films are directed by contemporary Swedish helmers, including Tomas Alfredson, Lisa Aschan, Pernilla August, Patrik Eklund, Jane Magnusson and Linus Tunström. Furthermore, Erik Poppe’s drama U – July 22 [+see also:
interview: Erik Poppe
film profile], which premiered at Berlin earlier this year, will have a market screening.
In terms of pre-sales, Out Stealing Horses by Hans Petter Moland is a new addition to TrustNordisk’s slate, as the film starring Stellan Skårsgard started shooting a couple of months ago (see the news). Furthermore, Christoffer Boe has started shooting The Purity of Vengeance, the fourth film in the Department Q thriller franchise (see the news), which will be available for pre-sales, with a few territories still up for grabs. The long-awaited film Congo by Norwegian director Marius Holst (see the news) is in post-production and on offer for multiple territories, while another freshly announced acquisition is Paradise War (working title) by Swiss filmmaker Niklaus Hilber (Amateur Teens [+see also:
film profile]), which is in post-production and follows the true story of Swiss human rights activist and environmentalist Bruno Manser, who in 1984 joined a nomadic tribe living in the jungles of Borneo.
The remainder of the pre-sales slate includes some films that have already been presented elsewhere: Michael Noer’s period drama now in post-production Before the Frost (see the news), some scenes of which will have their first screenings at the Film Market; the disaster movie The Quake by John Andreas Andersen (see the news); the dramedy That Time of Year by Paprika Steen (see the news); the Swedish love story Swoon, directed by The Bridge duo Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein (see the news); and the Norwegian figure-skating biopic Sonja – The White Swan by Anne Sewitsky (see the news).
It’s worth noting that after 20 years, former managing director Rikke Ennis has left TrustNordisk to start her own company, and she is being replaced by Susan Wendt, who previously served as director of International Sales and Marketing.
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