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CANNES 2008 Market / Scandinavia

NonStop gets bloody serious

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Stockholm-based NonStop Sales has just picked up world distribution rights to Not Like Others, a new Swedish vampire film by first-time director Peter Pontikis, and The Valley of Fears by Hungarian director Mihály Györik.

Pontikis has directed several shorts, including The Gift, selected in the 2006 Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s Forum of Independents. The filmmaker describes Not Like Others as “a film about the fear of being alone, a universal fear told through the eyes of two vampire sisters.” Jenny Lampa and Ruth Fernandez Vega, who play the sisters in question, are flanked by 2007 Danish Shooting Star David Dencik (A Soap [+see also:
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Currently in post-production, Not Like Others is produced by Patrick Sobieski. NonStop Entertainment will handle its theatrical release in Scandinavia, Iceland and the Baltic countries.

Györik’s feature debut The Valley of Fears – a co-production between Riforma Film, Focus Film and Downtown Pictures – is a psychological thriller currently shooting in Switzerland and Hungary.

NonStop’s sales team Michael Werner and Judith Toth have a strong line-up of eight titles screening at the market. Screening today for the first time in its full length is the 3D animated film Gnomes and Trolls: The Secret Chamber, already licensed to 40 territories.

Three Norwegian films are also making their market debut: Nils Gaup’s epic film The Kautokeino Rebellion [+see also:
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, the number one hit in Norway this year; The Man Who Loved Yngve, the acclaimed directorial debut of Stian Kristiansen; and Patrik Syversen’s horror title Manhunt.

Other films screening include Jens Jonsson’s Sundance hit The King of Ping Pong [+see also:
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, Norwegian youth film Switch by Ole Martin Hafsmo, Icelandic award-winning family film No Network by Ari Kristinsson, and Dutch thriller Blood Brothers by Arno Dierickx.

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