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BERLINALE 2011 EFM / Scandinavia

First-timer Yellow Affair ready for Monkey business

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Newly formed Scandinavian-based sales outfit Yellow Affair is doing business for the first time at the European Film Market (EFM). Spearheading the company’s line-up is the Swedish film She Monkeys [+see also:
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by Lisa Aschan, Best Nordic Film winner at the recent Göteborg Film Festival and in competition entry at the Berlinale in the Generation 14Plus sidebar.

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Aschan’s first film is a striking story of power game and sexual attraction between two teenage girls. “The response from the distributors at the Nordic Film Market was very promising,” said Yellow Affair’s Managing Director Miira Paasilinna. “Many said it was very different from what they had seen in a while. “

New films screening at the EFM also include the Swedish romantic comedy Four More Years by actress-turned-director Tova Magnusson, and the Irish film My Brothers by Paul Fraser, a heartfelt drama about three brothers who set on an epic journey to replace their dying father’s watch.

“We are proud of our line-up, which we’ve been able to acquire while the company is less than a year old. We have been working hard the whole year with films in pre-production and by participating in several co-production markets and telling producers about what Yellow Affair is about. For us, it’s important to work closely with our new films in Berlin and their producers. All have high production value and clear messages,” said Paasilinna, who is based at the Marriott Hotel in Berlin.

Another six films are screening at the EFM: Finnish box office hit Lapland Odyssey [+see also:
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, released this week in France on 130 screens; the Indian film That Girl in Yellow Boots, which screened out of competition in Venice; Agnieszka Lukasiak’s Between Two Fires [+see also:
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, winner of a Church Prize at Nordic Film Days 2010; Darragh Byrn’s Irish film Parked; and the black comedy Children of the Green Dragon by Hungarian-born Bence Miklauzic.

Yellow Affair’s catalogue also includes the Swedish film Sebbe [+see also:
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, winner of the Best First Feature prize in Berlin last year and Best Film at Sweden’s annual Guldbagge awards.

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