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CANNES 2013 Market / Nordic countries

Blind Spot, Tappeluft and LittleBig lead Nordic genre invasion in Cannes

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- Sequels to Iron Sky, Dead Snow, new features American Burger and Nymphs are in the line-up for six Nordic production companies joining forces on the Côte d'Azur

Blind Spot, Tappeluft and LittleBig lead Nordic genre invasion in Cannes

"During the last five festivals in Cannes we have organised the Iron Sky [+see also:
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Lounge - this time we will also have other cool Nordic projects at the stand, said Finnish producer and Blind Spot chief Tero Kaukomaa, who have partnered with ao Norwegian production outfit Tappeluft Pictures and Sweden's LittleBig Productions to launch a Nordic Genre Invasion at the Cannes International Film Festival.

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Based at 24 la Croisette, six companies - also including Finland's Fisher King, Troll VfX and Germany's 27 Films Production - will promote a slate of genre features at different stages of production to international financiers and buyers.

Last year Kaukomaa launched Finnish director Timo Vuorensola's €7.5 million dark sci-fi comedy, Iron Sky. Partly crowd-funded, the film took 183,000 admissions domestically, was sold to more than 60 territories and won an AACTA, the Australian Oscar. Now he and Vuorensola are partners in Blind Spot, touting the sequel,  Iron Sky II - The Coming Race; a horror film set in a submarine, Deadrise, and another time travel for I Killed Adolf Hitler, about a UK hitman sent back in history to assassinate der Führer.

Tappeluft is packaging Dead Snow II, Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola's sequel to his 2009 horror comedy about Nazi zombies, which his production partner Kjetil Omberg announced at the European Film Market in Berlin and sold to 20 territories. "It will be bigger, scarier, funnier, more action-filled an gorier than No 1," declared Wirkola, whose first Hollywood movie, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters [+see also:
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has now exceeded €173 million box office worldwide since its January 25 release.

LittleBig is in production with Swedish directors Bonita Drake and Johan Bromander's feature debut, American Burger, which they hope "will do for burgers what Jaws did for sharks". Produced by Anna G Magnúsdóttir and Anders Granström, the English-language horror comedy depicts a bus load of American students - jocks, cheerleaders, nerds - on a culture trip to Europe, where they realise that the European notion of American hamburgers is different from what they are used to. The film will be ready for an autumn release.

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