Norwegian and Danish films complete TrustNordisk’s Cannes slate
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- New films by Norwegian director Mikkel B Sandemose and Danish director Peter Schønau Fog are the latest additions to the Danish company’s 2016 line-up
Danish international sales agency TrustNordisk has picked up Norwegian director Mikkel B Sandemose’s upcoming fairytale, The Ash Lad – In the Hall of the Mountain King (read news) to complete its line-up for the Film Market at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
“Sandemose has a unique talent for telling adventurous, fantastic tales with a thrilling twist,” said TrustNordisk CEO Rikke Ennis; a classic in Norwegian folklore, the Ash Lad is about a farmer’s son who – with his brothers - embarks on a dangerous quest to save the princess from a vile troll.The Synnøve Hørsdal and Åshild Ramborg production for Maipo Film will be ready in September 2017. An award-winning director of commercials, Sandemose’s previous work includes horror movie Cold Prey III (2010) and Viking action adventure Ragnarok [+see also:
film profile] (2013).
TrustNordisk will also present Danish director Peter Schønau Fog’s You Disappear, adapted from Danish author Christian Jungersen’s novel, with Sweden’s Michael Nyqvist and Denmark’s Trine Dyrholm and Nikolaj Lie Kaas in the leads (read news). It tells the story of a highly respected headmaster, who has for three years suffered from a slow-growing brain tumour, and is now accused of embezzling €1.6 million from his Copenhagen school. But was he himself when he did it? Louise Vesth produced the film for Zentropa Entertainments, and the premiere is set for February 2017.
At the Cannes market, TrustNordisk will screen Norwegian director Benjamin Ree’s Magnus [+see also:
film profile], a film about Magnus Carlsen who – at the age of 13 – said he wanted to become world chess champion, and made it happen nine years later.
Just released in Norway to critical acclaim, Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjærg’s Pyromaniac [+see also:
interview: Erik Skjoldbjærg
film profile] is about an arsonist in a small community who is actually one of the village firemen. Per Frisch stars in this adaptation of Gaute Heivoll’s novel.
Both a feature and a TV series, Danish director Jesper W Nielsen’s The Day Will Come [+see also:
film profile] reunites Danish actors Lars Mikkelsen and Sofie Gråbøl as teachers at a provincial orphanage that knows exactly how to transform unruly boys into obedient citizens (news).
Swedish director Lisa Ohlin’s Danish feature Walk with Me [+see also:
film profile] stars Mikkel Boe Følsgaard and Cecilie Lassen, as a Danish soldier who has lost both legs during military service in Afghanistan and the aspiring ballerina he meets at a rehabilitation centre respectively.
TrustNordisk will also present promos-selected scenes from four features: Finnish director Saara Cantell's Devil's Bride [+see also:
film profile], depicting a witch hunt on the Åland Islands in the 17th century; Norwegian director Vibeke Idsøe's The Lion Woman [+see also:
interview: Vibeke Idsøe
film profile], portraying a little girl who was born in 1912 with fine yellow hair all over her body, including her face; Danish director Nicolo Donato's Across the Waters – following a Jewish family fleeing Nazi-occupied Denmark in 1943; and Danish director Ole Bornedal’s black comedy Small Town Killers, about two artisans who are fed up with their lifeless marriages and hire a Russian assassin to do away with their wives.