TrustNordisk sells Levring and sets up own shop
by Annika Pham
- CANNES 2014: The Scandinavian sales agent intends to do great business at Cannes this year
TrustNordisk, which will this year be doing business for the first time ever from an apartment (23 Rue des Etats-Unis), is selling Kristian Levring’s Cannes entry The Salvation [+see also:
interview: Kristian Levring
film profile] and should also be handling the director’s new film, Detroit, a horror written by Lars von Trier.
Although at the time of going to press TrustNordisk was reluctant to give any details about the project, Levring told the Danish newspaper Berlingske: “Lars and I have often talked about making a horror movie – a real horror movie. I've always thought that Lars would make the film, but then he came one day and said, ‘I want to write the movie for you,’ and he is doing it. The inspiration for the upcoming horror film comes from horror classics like The Exorcist but with a slightly different starting point. It's going to be about a man who literally struggles with inner demons.”
Levring’s current film, the western The Salvation, starring Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mikael Persbrandt and Eric Cantona, will premiere at Cannes on Saturday at a Midnight Screening. Rikke Ennis, the company’s CEO, said: “The film has a €12 million budget, which is high for Scandinavia, but it looks like a $100 million movie production-wise. It’s a western, not your typical arthouse movie, so we needed that platform in Cannes to close the MGs we’re looking for.” Territories already secured for the tale of revenge set in 19th-century America include Benelux (Wild Bunch), France (Jour2Fête/Chrysalis), Australia/New Zealand (Madman), Greece (Hollywood Entertainment), Scandinavia (Nordisk Film) and Estonia (Estin Film).
TrustNordisk’s other priority in Cannes is to close pre-sales on five features: Susanne Bier’s Danish-language film A Second Chance, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (already pre-sold to Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Benelux, the former Yugoslavia, Japan and Israel), Mikkel Nørgaard’s The Absent One, the second film in the Jussi Adler-Olsen crime-film series (available worldwide except Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Russia, Poland and China), the fantasy/adventure movie The Shamer’s Daughter [+see also:
film profile], based on the bestselling book by Lene Kaaberbøl, and the quirky Norwegian film Here Is Harold [+see also:
interview: Gunnar Vikene
film profile] and family title Operation Arctic.
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