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Scandinavian films in AFM spotlight

Genre films from the region set for market

Scandinavian crime and horror are riding high after the worldwide success of the Millennium trilogy — “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and two successors — brought Nordic darkness into the spotlight.

With David Fincher currently in Sweden shooting an English-language remake of “Dragon Tattoo,” starring Daniel Craig as journalist Mikael Blomkvist, for Columbia, sales agents from the region are setting out their wares.

TrustNordisk — which handles international sales for Scandi mini-major Nordisk Film and Zentropa — will represent five titles from the Nordic dark side at the American Film Market, which begins today in Santa Monica.

“Priest of Evil,” directed by Finland’s Olli Saarela and based on a bestseller by Matti Joensuu, explores themes author Stieg Larsson touched on in his Millennium trilogy — loss, religion and systematic killings.

“All our AFM titles investigate the darker side of us, and all of them offer a glimpse of what Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland currently have to offer when speaking of crime, horror and thriller,” Alexandra Emilia Kida of TrustNordisk said.

Other titles in the lineup are helmer Mikkel Braenne’s “Cold Prey — The Beginning,” a Norwegian horror pic that sees a group of five young friends run into a killer on a snowboarding trip; helmer Niels Norlov’s “Utopia,” the second in a series of six “Those Who Kill” films produced by Denmark’s Miso Film; “The Writing on the Wall,” directed by Stefan Faldbakken; and “Beck — Buried Alive,” directed by Harald Hamrell and starring Mikael Persbrandt.

TrustNordisk is also handling pre-sales on the sequels to Daniel Espinosa’s “Easy Money,” Sweden’s biggest-earning film so far this year; “Melancholia,” by Lars von Trier; and Morten Tyldum’s “Headhunters.”

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