Non Stop Sales in Berlin
by Annika Pham
The Scandinavian-based international sales company Non Stop Sales is in Berlin with three films competing for the Crystal Bear award at the Kinderfilmfest sidebar, and two brand new pick-ups from Norway and Sweden.
The Finnish film Pelicanman (Pelikaanumies) -screening for the third time at the Kinderfilmfest Friday 18th, tells the humorous adventures of a pelican and a ten-year old boy in a world where the line between reality and make-belief is not always clear. The film directed by Liisa Helminen has attracted almost 80,000 Finnish cinemagoers since its December 2004 release.
The two other Non Stop Sales films screening at the new Kinderderfilmfest 14 + section are first feature films. Falling Beauty (Falla vackert) by Lena Hanno Clyne, is a story about grown-ups pretending to be teenagers, and teenagers growing up too fast. Fourteen Sucks (Fjorton suger) is produced and directed by four 25-year old film lovers: Martin Jern, Emil Larsson, Henrik Norrthon and Filippa Freijd, in co-production with Film I Skåne and Sonet Film. It’s a teen-movie about human relations and first love.
Michael Werner, Sales director and Karin Thun, sales executive for Non Stop Sales will start negotiating the rights on two new films in their catalogue. Rancid by Los Angeles-based Swedish director Jack Ersgard, is the first English language film produced by Sonet Film. The thriller co-produced by the director and Brad Southwick, stars Matthew Settle, Faye Masterson and Pernilla August.
The Norwegian film Monster Thursday just picked up at the last Sundance Film Festival where it had its world premiere in the World Cinema Section, is the second feature film by Arild Ostin Ommundsen following his 2001 low budget hit Mongoland. This new romantic drama set in the surfer scene of Stavanger in Norway is played by Danish actors Kim Bodnia (Pusher) and Iben Hjejle (Mifune) and Norwegian actors Vegar Hoel (United) and Silje Salomonsen (Jonny Vang).
The sales company which represents around 20 different production companies and independent producers in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Ireland and the US, will also have an international premiere of the Swedish film Macbeth and market premieres of the Dutch film The Preacher (De Dominee), and the Norwegian children film Little Grey Fergie (Gråtas).
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