Thirteen Nordic titles go to Toronto
by Annika Pham
31/08/2009 - Thirteen Scandinavian films have been selected for the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival (September 10-19, 2009).
Lars von Trier’s Antichrist [trailer, film focus], one of the few Nordic titles already acquired for North America (IFC Films for the US and E1 Entertainment for Canada) is leading the Danish line-up of five titles. Antichrist is screening in the Masters programme; Martin Pieter Zandvliet’s feature debut Applause [trailer, film focus], winner of a Best Actress Award in Karlovy Vary, is screening in Discovery; Mogens Hagedorn’s family adventure Timetrip: The Curse of the Viking Witch in the Sprokets Family Zone; Ole Bornedal’s Deliver Us from Evil [trailer] in Contemporary World Cinema; and Nicolas Winding Refn’s Valhalla Rising [trailer, film focus] in Special Presentations.
Norway has three titles going to Toronto. The local hit Max Manus [trailer] will screen as a Gala Presentation, and two feature debuts will vie for the Diesel Discovery award. In Margreth Olin’s The Angel [trailer], Maria Bonnevie plays a woman who wants to quit drugs to make a fresh start. Together [trailer] by Matias Armand Jordal is a drama about a father and son who try to deal with the recent death of the family’s wife/mother.
Two of Iceland’s most world renowned filmmakers, Dagur Kari and Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, will both attend TIFF with their latest works, respectively the world premiere of The Good Heart [trailer] (Special Presentations) and the documentary Sunshine Boy (Reel to Real).