A family's farewell to a loved one – plus nuclear and drone warfare at Cannes
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- CANNES 2014: Danish international sales agency LevelK will introduce Oscar-winning director Bille August’s Silent Heart to the Cannes market
Currently in post-production, Danish Oscar-winning director Bille August’s family drama Silent Heart will attend the Marché du Film at Cannes on a promo reel from Danish international sales agency LevelK, which picked up the SF Film production just prior to Berlin. The film will be launched in late 2014-early 2015.
Danish actress Ghita Nørby, who played Ingmar Bergman’s mother in The Best Intentions – August’s Golden Palm winner in 1972 – stars in Christian Torpe’s story of a weekend when three generations of a family gather together to say goodbye to Esther – their wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and friend.
She is seriously ill, and they have accepted her wish to die before the disease gets any worse, but their decision is not easy to handle. Morten Grunwald, Vigga Bro, Paprika Steen, Jens Albinus, Oskar Sælan, Danica Curcic and Pilou Asbæk are among the cast; August’s latest feature was the romantic thriller Night Train to Lisbon [+see also:
LevelK CEO Tine Klint’s Cannes line-up includes Danish director Christina Rosendahl’s new thriller, The Idealist, with Søren Malling, Peter Plaugborg and Thomas Bo Larsen in the leads. The first production from Toolbox Film follows an investigative journalist exploring a nuclear accident in Greenland in 1968, much to the authorities’ discontent.
More contemporary warfare is exposed in Norwegian director Tonje Hessen Schei’s Drone [+see also:
film profile], currently a 58-minute documentary, with a feature-length version in the making. The Flimmer Film production shows how young video gamers are recruited to operate drones using their computers, killing people 7,000 miles away.
At Cannes, LevelK will also be marketing two Australian movies: Stephen Lance’s erotic drama My Mistress, starring Emmanuelle Béart and Harrison Gilbertson, which will have its world premiere in August; and Ben Chessell’s coming-of-age comedy Sucker, with John Luc in the lead.
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