All Fun And Little Work For Dane Buyers

The Danish majors will be out in force at the Cote d’Azur, scouting avidly for strong pics sold with all rights for Scandinavia, and most majors will be looking in on the finished results of pics bought as prebuys on previous markets.

Cannes continues to attract attention among the Danish indies. However, many do feel that the pan-Scandi deals of the majors are an increasingly hard act to follow, and that niche products have a tendency to become obscured by the sprawling festivities at Cannes. Majors and indies alike find Cannes is really more of a pleasant social event than an effective market.

Scandinavian Media Alliance, a distribbery alliance between the two Nordic majors par excellence, Sweden’s Svensk Filmindustri and Denmark’s Pathe-Nordisk, will be a dominating factor among Scandi buyers at Cannes this year.

Nordisk topper Jesper Boas Smith will be representing SMA from Denmark and will be backed by a team consisting of Peter Philipsen and Jan Lehmann. From the Nordisk Film Cinemas the market will be attended by Gerhard Pedersen and Helle Schmidt. The Nordisk people will be looking for attractive pics, but will also spend time nurturing contacts and watching the results of prebuys made earlier on at Mifed and AFM.

Indie cahoots

Working in cahoots with owner Pathe-Nordisk is “independent” distribbery Constantin Film. Leif Bernt and Kim Philipsen, a veteran of the Cannes fest, will this year among other things be checking on Kevin Costner in “Prince Of Thieves” and Blake Edwards’ comedy “Switch.”

Another strong multi-Scandi impact will be made by Egmont Audio Visual Group sending a contingent comprising president Ole Timm, executive vice president Tivi Magnusson and buyers Goran Sjostedt and H.P. Ludh. Egmont will be scouting for all-windows Scandi rights for what they refer to as “double A pics.”

They will also be shopping for items suited for direct to video release and/or tv. According to H.P. Ludh, Egmont, as a follow-up on recent success, would like to make a concentrated effort at Cannes, but the fest constitutes a difficult working environment. Egmont might also make prebuys and will be watching pics acquired as prebuys at markets past.

Danish Metronome will strike pan-Scandi deals with Swedish partner Sandrews, and from Denmark the alliance will be represented by Anne Frabicius-Bjerre, Henrik Fabricius-Bjerre and Jan Thielsen. This team will be looking for quality fare for Metronome’s chain of multiplexes. Sandrews/Metronome are shopping exclusively for all-rights in Scandinavia, but will also need direct to video/tv pics.

Metronome does make prebuys and will this year be checking on several finished products. Among them a J&M package containing: “Homicidal,” “Iron Maze” and “Year Of The Gun.” Also to be screened for the Metronome buyers is the Richard Gere vehicle “Rhapsody In August.”

Homevid distribbery Scanbox will be represented in Cannes by acquisition chief Kurt Wellejus, Kim Peschardt and Danish, albeit England-based, owner Anders Jensen. Per Wellejus Scanbox will be at the Cannes and hopefully will close deals initiated at AFM. Scanbox buys all rights for Scandi, but is primarily looking for strong action pics and the like for direct homevid release. An occasional theatrical feature might be brought home in order to be released through Constantin Film.

Sonet Film & Video will be scouting for homevid and theatrical releases in the mid-price range. From Denmark, Karl Emil Knudsen will be part of a joint Scandi buying team.

Leading indie exhib/director Peter Refn will be in Cannes but in the capacity of reporter for film magazine One Thousand Eyes. Refn’s chief aide, Kirsten Dalgaard, will be taking care of business on behalf of Refn’s Camera Film and the Grand six-plex specializing in art and quality fare. Last year, Dalgaard picked up “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Interrogation.”

Karne Film run by producer/distribber Per Hoist mostly distributes his own productions but, in Cannes, Karne will be looking for good theatrical releases. However, Per Hoist Film Prods. has great expectations for its animated feature “War Of The Birds” which has made it into Cannes Junior. Representing Karne Film/Per Hoist Film Prods. will be Per Hoist, his wife, Christina, and his brother, Christian.

Exhib/distribber Jan Webersoe expects to be in Cannes on behalf of Copenhagen Film/Klaptraet. Another stoic indie is Christian Braad Thomsen of Kollektiv Film. Braad Thomsen this year celebrates his “silver jubilee” as a Cannes regular. He won’t make a great effort to pick up films, but “you never know what might turn up.”

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