Magazine article Screen International

Haugesund: Co-Pro Market Showcases Nordic Animation, Thrillers

Magazine article Screen International

Haugesund: Co-Pro Market Showcases Nordic Animation, Thrillers

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The Nordic Co-Production And Finance Market at Haugesund's New Nordic Films event hosted its project pitches today (August 24).

They included Daniel Dencik's drama about a disintegrating relationship 1000 R.I.P.; a children's animation from Norway's Aleksander Nordaas, the director of festival hit Thale; Icelandic director Marteinn Thorsson's new psychological thriller; Martin Skovbjerg's debut feature produced by hot new Danish outfit Snowglobe (who won Locarno's Golden Leopard with Godless); and a new family film, hand drawn 2D animated Amundsen & Nobile.

Projects from Georgia, Italy and Canada were also included in the 19-strong line-up.

Overview of pitches:

1000 R.I.P., dir Daniel Dencik, prod Michael Haslund-Christensen, Company Haslund/Dencik Entertainment (Den)

The team behind 2015's Gold Coast reunites for this fable inspired by The Passenger about a couple who meet a half Japanese model in the desert, and the aftermath that ensues. "This project revolves around the very themes that have occupied my mind and imagination since childhood - luck, destiny, numbers, identity, obsessive behaviour, a civilized world vs a wilderness. It's the raw, pure adventure of life," said Dencik. To shoot in 2017.

24 Hours, dir Ingvild Soderlind, prod Frode Sobstad, Tenk.tv (Nor)

One night in the life of two teenage girls in a multicultural suburb of Oslo, seen in parallel stories. Soderlind said, "It's a film about dawning sexuality, the need to be seen, about love, but also about rawness and brutality." The story was inspired by a hate crime 15 years ago. To start production in summer 2017.

Amundsen & Nobile, dir Kajsa Naess, prods Tonje Skar Reiersen and Lise Fearnley, Mikrofilm (Nor/Fr) Animation about two noble men and a lapdog on a giant airship to discover the North Pole. The film is "an equally dramatic and absurd tale," said Skar Reiersen. The film is made with "ambitious hand drawn 2D animations," said Naess, who showed some early animation tests for the fox terrier Titina - who she said was "a pampered dive and totally unsuited for polar expedition." The film includes a "playful scene in which Titina gets high." The 80-miinute film will also include about 10 minutes of 1920s documentary footage. To shoot in 2017.

A Big She-Bear, dir Lali Kiknavelidze, prod Jana Sardlishvili, JRA Production(Georgia)

Mythological drama/thriller, adapted by Mikho Mosulishvili from his own novel, about a young boy trying to save a bear that the other people in his mountain village want to kill; he believes it is his reincarnated mother.

Kiknavelidze said the film will have a "rich visual atmosphere" and she noted "one of the film's important themes is confrontation between man and nature." The film will shoot with a real bear. To shoot in 2017.

The Crocodile Thief, dir Lars Berg, prod Hakon Overas, 4 ½ Fiksjon (Nor)

Live-action, CGI-heavy family film about an 8-year-old class misfit plans to steal a crocodile from Bergen's aquarium. Berg noted the film was inspired by true events. Taran Bjornstad wrote the book offthe same name, which Robert Naess is adapting. The team are children's film veterans who have won two Berlinale Crystal Bears previously. "Our main target audience is 6 to 10 years old," said Berg. Overas added that the film would be a good one for dads to take their kids to the cinema. SF will distribute in the Nordic countries and the project will be multi-platform with a TV series, game and more. To shoot spring 2017.

The Deposit, dir Asthildur Kjartansdottir, prod Eva Sigurdarddottir, Askja Films (Ice) [pictured]

Complications arise when a bankrupt fortysomething woman rents spare rooms in her gorgeous house to a Muslim woman from Uzbekistan and an illegal immigrant from Uganda with her 6-year-old daughter. Sigurdarddottir, who was the line producer on Rams, said the film is "a drama with a social political edge. It deals with the themes of immigration and the sensitivities and difficulties that arise when locals and immigrants mix, in Iceland this is quite a new phenomenon. …

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