TrustNordisk sends Vinterberg and his The Commune on a worldwide tour
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- CANNES 2015: Cannes buyers have signed for Thomas Vinterberg’s new feature and Stig Björkman’s documentary on Ingrid Bergman
Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune [+see also:
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The Ulrich Thomsen, Trine Dyrholm, Fares Fares and Lars Ranthe starrer has most recently been licensed to Spain (Golem Distribución), Switzerland (Praesens-Film AG), Korea (Challan), Russia (Silver Box), Estonia (EstinFilm) and Romania (Independenta Film), adding to the previously announced sales to France (Le Pacte), the UK (Artificial Eye), Germany/Austria (Prokino Filmverleih), Benelux (September Film), Greece/Cyprus (Seven Films), the Czech Republic/Slovakia (Film Europe), the former Yugoslavia (MCF Megacom Film), Poland (Gutek Film), Brazil (California Filmes) and Hungary (Vertigo Media).
Scripted by Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm, the Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Morten Kaufmann production for Denmark’s Zentropa Entertainments follows a young, academic couple, Erik and Anna, who in the 1970s move into a commune in Hellerup with their daughter; the movie is described as “a humorous, sensitive but also painful and touching portrait of a bygone era”. In the beginning, it was like being invited into a dream, “living, discussing, arguing, making love, inspiring each other”; but then Erik’s young girlfriend joins the collective.
Swedish director Stig Björkman’s documentary on the Swedish actress adorning this year’s festival poster, Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words, has also generated interest among distributors worldwide, which “does not come as a surprise”, according to TrustNordisk CEO Rikke Ennis. “Bergman was one of the biggest stars of our time, and the film shows a more personal side than ever seen before.”
Produced by Stina Gardell for Mantaray Film, with Germany’s ZDF and ARTE, among others, the Ingrid Bergman biopic has been picked up by Italy (Cinema Srl), Australia (Transmission Films), France (Pretty Pictures), Japan (Tohokushinsha Film Corporation) and Taiwan (Momentum), with several territories currently in negotiations. NonStop Entertainment is handling Nordic distribution.