Three Non Stop films in Toronto
by Annika Pham
NonStop Entertainment(NSE), the Scandinavian distribution group owned by Stockholm-based Millennium Media Group, has two titles screening at Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema section this week: Hany Abu-Assad’s award-winning filmParadise Now [+see also:
film profile] produced by Dutch production outfit Augustus Film and bought from Celluloïd Dreams, as well as Michael Caton-Jones’ Rwandan genocide drama Shooting Dogs bought from Renaissance Films.
A third title screening in Toronto in the Masters section and acquired from Celluloid Dreams is Takeshi’s from the Japanese acclaimed director Takeshi Kitano.
All three titles have been acquired by NSE for Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland and the first to be released in Scandinavia in Spring 2006 is Shooting Dogs according to NSE’s Head of distribution Jakob Abrahamsson. Currently playing in Scandinavia is Alexandra Leclère’s Les sœurs fâchées released in Sweden on September 2, and upcoming European releases include the award-winning films The Beat That My Heart Skipped [+see also:
film profile] by Jacques Audiard and Me & You & Everyone We Know by Miranda July.
Set up in 1998 to acquire quality feature films with a strong commercial potential for the Scandinavian and Baltic markets, NSE has a first look deal with Scandinavian powerhouse Sandrew Metronome for Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, and signed last May an output deal with Icelandic distributor Myndform regarding all their titles with Icelandic rights.