Worldwide deals to include major players

Scandinavian sales company TrustNordisk has dubbed this year’s Cannes as its “best market in years” after having three titles in official selection – including Lars Von Trier’s competish entry “Melancholia” – and notching up more than 50 deals with 38 international distributors for its sales slate.

The worldwide deals, stretching from Asia to the Middle East and including “all the major players form the English speaking territories”, the company said.

“Upcoming projects presented for the first time, premiering with either short exclusives promos or few clips, were quickly snatched during Cannes. Forty percent of the deals closed were films in pre-production or production,” the company said Monday. (May 30)

Highlights included Nikolaj Arcel’s epic drama “A Royal Affairs”, which sold to over nine of the biggest territories including US, Australia, UK, Germany, Benelux and Spain and “Comrade” Academy Award-nominee Petter Naes’ upcoming anti-war drama, which was picked up by Australia, UK and Spain amongst others.

Another strong seller at Cannes was Norwegian action-thriller “Headhunters” by Morten Tyldum, which sold to 30 countries before its market premiere.

Another big seller, where deals closed ” on pitch only” was the collaborative project between Martin Scorsese and Lars von Trier, “The Five Obstructions Scorcese vs. Trier”, which was picked up by distirbutors from the US to Russia.

Rikke Ennis, TrustNordisk ceo said: “Looking at our line-up for 2011, 2012 and yes, even 2013 I can proudly say that we will be representing the very best from the Nordic countries; ranging from high scale crime to acclaimed bestsellers novels as well as works from some of the most talented and inspiring directors in the North. We see huge commercial value and skilled quality in all upcoming projects, and with a company like Nordisk Film behind us, using its muscle, we look so much forward to continue the fruitful development and aim for even better results in the time coming. It’s going to be busy and it’s going to be fun.”

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