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BERLINALE 2020 EFM

TrustNordisk comes bearing Hope to Berlin

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- The Danish firm is presenting Maria Sødahl’s autobiographical drama in Panorama and Monty and the Street Party in Generation Kplus, along with various titles getting market screenings

TrustNordisk comes bearing Hope to Berlin
Hope by Maria Sødahl

Danish international sales agent TrustNordisk is bringing a total of seven films and projects that will be participating both in the various selections of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival (20 February-1 March) and in the European Film Market (EFM, 20-27 February).

In Panorama, Norwegian director Maria Sødahl is coming along with her sophomore feature, Hope [+see also:
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. The film is an autobiographical and emotionally fragile love story that follows Anja, who is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour that is inoperable, according to the initial diagnosis. As she has only a short time to live, Anja has to address this turn of events with her partner Tomas and their children during the Christmas holiday period. Written by Sødahl, Hope is based on her personal life story, and in the leading roles are Andrea Bræin Hovig and Stellan Skarsgård. The film already had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released in Norway last November.

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Also, in Generation Kplus, the sales agent will be representing the Danish 3D animated feature Monty and the Street Party [+see also:
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by Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler, which will have its international premiere at Berlin. The story is about Monty, the happiest boy in the world, who lives with his parents in a big residential area. His happiness ends abruptly when he finds out that his mother is about to abandon him and his father after falling in love with a CrossFit trainer. Monty will do everything in his power to reunite his parents at the upcoming annual street party.

At the EFM, TrustNordisk will showcase Swedish director Amanda Kernell’s sophomore feature, the family drama Charter [+see also:
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, which premiered in Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition last month. Also, a couple of days before its domestic release, the Norwegian fantasy adventure Mortal by André Øvredal (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark) will be available for the market audience to watch. The film is about a young man, Eric (Nat Wolff), who discovers he has God-like powers stemming from ancient Norwegian mythology. After killing a teenager in an unusual way, he is arrested, and before being interrogated, he meets Christine (Iben Akerlie), a young psychologist who tries to find out what happened.

The rest of the EFM screenings include the upcoming film by Swedish director Joachim Hedén (10 000 Timmar [+see also:
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), Breaking Surface, a survival drama in which Ida (Moa Gammel) is trying to rescue her sister Tuva (Madeleine Martin), who is trapped underwater after a diving accident. This is in addition to two Norwegian flicks: the disaster movie The Tunnel [+see also:
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by Pål Øie (Astrup - Catching the Flame [+see also:
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), which was released in its homeland on Christmas Day last year; and The Crossing [+see also:
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, the debut movie by Johanne Helgeland, a war film set during the German occupation of Norway in 1942, which is aimed at youngsters and is soon to be released locally.

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