The Yellow Affair set to market Girls Lost at Cannes
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The Swedish-Finnish international sales agency will bring seven new movies to the Film Market at Cannes, including award-winning Finnish director Aleksi Salmenperä’s The Mine
Swedish director Alexandra-Therese Keining’s new feature, Girls Lost [+see also:
film profile], which has been selected for Écrans Juniors at Cannes – a programme of eight international films considered to be of special interest to young French people aged between 13 and 15 – will be marketed at the Film Market by Swedish-Finnish international sales agency The Yellow Affair. And The Yellow Affair CEO Miira Paasilinna, who will be in Cannes with sales and marketing director Chris Howard, hopes it will happen more peacefully than during the recent Moscow Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival, where the screening was cancelled when the cinema received a bomb threat.
“Girls Lost usually gets strong reactions,” said Keining, who was attending the event in Moscow. Since being premiered at Toronto six months ago, it has toured the world, including stops at film festivals in Chicago, Rome, New York, São Paulo, Gothenburg, Rotterdam, Budapest and Lübeck.
Scripted by Keining, the Helena and Olle Wirenhead production for Göta Film follows three 14-year-old girls who discover a magic flower: by drinking its nectar they are transformed into boys, and they enter a new world. Although there are downsides to it, one of them gets seriously addicted.
The Yellow Affair will also present The Mine [+see also:
film profile], the new feature by Finnish director Aleksi Salmenperä, who won three Jussis – Finland’s national film prize, including Best Director – for Distractions [+see also:
film profile] (2015); the drama-thriller is about an ambitious young man who realises that the owner of a nickel and uranium mine in Lapland whose environmental permit he is in charge of is using methods that lead to environmental hazards.
Swedish director Måns Månsson’s The Yard [+see also:
film profile] portrays a single father and poet (played by Anders Mossling) who loses his job as a critic when he writes a review of a non-existent book. In Sara Nemeth’s script from Kristian Lundberg’s novel, he ends up at The Yard, a transshipment hub for car imports, where he must face the suspicions of his co-workers and the regulations of the Swedish management.
Paasilinna and Howard will also be promoting two films by Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki (his latest, Homecoming [+see also:
film profile], and his 2015 title The Girl King [+see also:
film profile], a portrait of Queen Kristina of Sweden), Australian-Indian director Anupam Sharma’s UnIndian and Hungarian director János Edelényi’s UK-produced The Carer [+see also: