Jacob and Elias against the giants - a Nordic drama in a fantasy world
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
12/02/2013 - After a year of development – and a first presentation at the Nordic Film Market during the Göteborg International Film Festival - Swedish-Danish producer Richard Georg Engström (photo) and Danish director Tommy Ipsen are in Berlin to find co-producers for their Exodus, a €4 million English-language sci-fi project, which they are launching at the European Film Market.
“A Lars von Trier drama in the visual universe of Blade Runner” is how they promote it – “still, it is not part of a new Scandinavian wave of science fiction films, like Finnish director Timo Vuorensola’s Iron Sky [trailer, film focus], more a Nordic real-life drama set in a fantasy world,” Engström explained.
Scripted by Danish writer Christoffer Örnfeldt, Exodus is the story of a traumatised elite soldier, Jacob, who tries to protect his younger brother Elias from the secret of what soldiers do. But Elias, who admires his brother, wants to fight the giants, too; when he goes into battle, Jacob follows him, and they are both captured by the giants.
Engström has signed Danish-Canadian lead layout artist Thomas Pringle for the project, with Danish actor Cyron Melville (A Royal Affair [trailer, film focus]), Hollywood actress Brigitte Nielsen (Eldorado [trailer]), Swedish actor Matias Varela (Easy Mone [trailer]y) and Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones).
“We are particularly interested in meeting Canadian potential co-producers, since Canada has a major industry of special effects for films and games, which suits the production fine,” said Engström, who will produce for his TSOMM Pictures (recently nominated for a Danish Robert for Jesper Bern’s novella film, Black Coffee & Vinyl).
“When pitching the film in Göteborg, we had a rather strong response to style and genre, so we hope to finish the script, and package and finance the production this year, start pre-marketing activities (crowd sourcing, probably funding) and shoot the film in 2014, for delivery the following year,” Engström concluded.