Moland’s Disappearance selected for Tribeca’s Spotlight sidebar
- Having just screened at the Berlinale, Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s “intelligent black comedy with Stellan Skarsgård as an unlikely vigilante” will screen in New York
“An intelligent black comedy set in the dead of frozen Norwegian winter, with Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård as an unlikely vigilante,” is how New York’s Tribeca Film Festival introduces Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s Berlinale contender, In Order of Disappearance [+see also:
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Domestically released last month (February 21) by Nordisk Film Distribusjon, Moland’s action comedy and third Berlinale entry is about to tour the rest of the world, too, having been licensed to more than 40 countries by Danish international sales agency, Trust Nordisk. Major deals covers UK (Metrodome), Germany and Austria (Neue Visionen), France (Chrysalis), Benelux (Wild Bunch) and Italy (Teodora Film).
In Tribeca’s presensation, “upstanding community leader Nils (Skarsgård) has just won an award for Citizen of the Year, when he learns the news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Suspecting foul play, Nils begins to investigate, and soon finds himself at the center of an escalating underworld gang war between Serbian drug dealers and a sociopathic criminal mastermind known only as The Count.
Scripted by Danish writer Kim Fupz Aakeson, starring Skarsgård with Swiss actor Bruno Ganz and Norwegian actor Pål Sverre Hagen, In Order of Disappearance was staged by Norwegian producers Finn Gjerdrum-Stein B Kvae, for Paradox. Tribeca’s Spotlight programme includes 31 international productions, both features and documentaries.
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