Headhunters, A Funny Man: Top local openings in Norway and Denmark for 2011
Norwegian director Morten Tyldum’s thriller Headhunters [+see also:
film profile] took 104,997 admissions during the August 26-28 weekend, making it this year’s best local opening, and second only to the 140,000 taken by in 2008 by Max Manus [+see also:
Following its world premiere on the Piazza Grande at the Locarno International Film Festival, the Jo Nesbø adaptation was screened at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, before a special presentation is due to take place at the Toronto Festival, from September 8-18.
With Aksel Hennie in the lead, Headhunters was produced by Asle Vatn and Marianne Gray, for Friland and Yellow Bird Norge AS, in collaboration with Nordisk Film & TV AS (NO). Denmark’s TrustNordisk has licensed the film to 45 countries.
In Denmark, Danish director Martin Zandvliet’s A Funny Man, a biopic of the late Danish comedian Dirch Passer, sold 67,100 tickets for Nordisk Film Distribution – a 2011 best, but still 70,000 fewer than Klovn–The Movie in 2010. Its first festival showing will be during Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema.
Produced by Mikael Christian Rieks for his own Koncern Film with Nordisk Film, Zandvliet’s third feature follows up on his Applause [+see also:
interview: Martin Pieter Zandvliet
film profile] and stars Nikolaj Lie Kaas as Passer, Lars Ranthe as his partner, Kjeld Petersen, and Julie Zangenberg. International sales will be handled by Denmark’s LevelK.
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