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BERLINALE 2008 Market / Sweden

SF pushes Norway’s Veum and Gone with the Woman

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SF International, headed by Ann-Kristin Westerberg, is taking offers on Norwegian films Varg Veum and Gone With the Woman [+see also:
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, as well as introducing to buyers the new Kaj Pollack from the Sonet Production stable.

“We are really pushing the Varg Veum series and are on the verge of closing in Russia, after deals done for Benelux and Poland,” said Westerberg, who has backed her sales effort with ads in the daily trades and posters at the entrance of the Martin Gropius Bau.

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Petter NæssGone With the Woman, Norway’s submission for the Oscars 2008 (though not a finalist), presented for the first time at a European market, was sold to Australia and Canada.

To start raising buyers’ interest, Westerberg has organised private screenings of the quality war drama The Border, produced by Jörn Donner (Academy Award-nominated for Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny & Alexander), and is waiting for another festival platform to sell it more officially.

Two new films produced by Sonet Film have been added to Westerberg’s slate following SF Group’s acquisition of the Swedish company. Kjell Sundvall’s The Hunters 2, as well as the new untitled film by Pollack (As It Is in Heaven [+see also:
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), both in early stages of production.

With Angel, Colin Nutley, one of Sweden’s most successful filmmakers, has teamed up again with the acting duo from House of Angels, Helena Bergström and Rolf Lassgård. Bergström plays an aging rock star who wants to return to the limelight. The film will be released this spring.

The Gift by Danish filmmaker Niels Gråbøl will be ready in time for Cannes. It tells the story of an unstable father who offers his son a sports car for his birthday to try to repair family ties.

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