New films by Winding Refn, Gaup and von Horn sell around the world
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The Neon Demon, The Last King and The Here After have proved to be strong items for Wild Bunch and TrustNordisk Film Sales
After his award-winning Cannes contender Only God Forgives [+see also:
interview: Nicolas Winding Refn
film profile] (2013), Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn is about to wrap principal photography for his next horror thriller, The Neon Demon [+see also:
Q&A: Nicolas Winding Refn
film profile], in Los Angeles.
Scripted with Mary Laws, the film follows an aspiring, young model who moves to LA, where she becomes the target of a group of beauty-obsessed women, eager to devour her youth and vitality by any means necessary.
Elle Fanning, Abbey Lee, Keanu Reeves, Karl Glusman, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote and Christina Hendricks star in the Danish production by Lena Børglum for her own and Refn’s Copenhagen-based outfit, Space Rocket Nation.
France’s Gaumont and Wild Bunch are co-producing the movie, which has been sold for Germany (to Koch Media), the UK (Icon), Italy (IIF), Benelux (Cinéart), Latin America (California Filmes), South Korea (Double and Joy), Indonesia (Amero), Japan (Gaga), the Philippines (Pioneer), Taiwan (Movie Cloud), Portugal (Leopardo), Hungary (Vertigo), Poland (Gutek), the Czech Republic/Slovakia (Film Europe), Romania (Independenta), the former Yugoslavia (MCF), Turkey (Fabula), Scandinavia (Scanbox) and Canada (D Film).
Oscar-nominated Norwegian director Nils Gaup’s The Last King [+see also:
interview: Nils Gaup
film profile] – a medieval tale about two Norwegian warriors’ efforts to bring the last remaining heir to the throne across the mountains to safety – had its market debut at Cannes for Denmark’s TrustNordisk Film Sales.
Starring Jakob Oftebro, Kristofer Hivju, Thorbjørn Harr and Pål Sverre Hagen, the title had already been acquired by Germany, Austria and Switzerland; now, Italy (Minerva Pictures Group), the Czech Republic (Film Europe Media), the Middle East (Gulf Film), India (Pictureworks) and Estonia (Estinfilm) have been added to the sales book.
Scripted by Ravn Laneskog, and produced by Stein B Kvae and Finn Gjerdrum for Paradox Film, with Nordisk Film, Newgrange Pictures Ltd and Proton Cinema+Theatre, Gaup’s war epic will be ready for domestic release in February 2016.
Lastly, Polish-based, Swedish director Magnus von Horn’s feature debut, The Here After [+see also:
interview: Magnus von Horn
film profile], which had its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, has been licensed to Nour Films (for France), Soda Pictures (the UK) and Atnine Film (Korea), also by Denmark’s TrustNordisk Film Sales.
The Swedish-Polish production by Madeleine Ekman for Zentropa International Sweden and Mariusz Włodarski for Lava Films, with Sophie Erbs for France’s Cinéma Defacto, will be domestically distributed by Nordisk Film in Sweden and Gutek Film in Poland.