Berlin Daily Spotlight: Scandinavian Cinema

“A Royal Affair”
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Key cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander
International sales: TrustNordisk
Logline: Set in the 18th century, the true story of the love affair between the queen of Denmark and the king’s doctor. Writer-director Arcel co-wrote the original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” Pic screens in competition.

“Magic Silver 2″
Director: Arne Lindtner Ness.
Key cast: Ane Viola Andreassen Semb, Johan Tinus Austad Lindgren
International sales: Non Stop
Logline: Sequel to family-fantasy hit is the first Nordic live-action 3D movie.

“Avalon”
Director: Axel Petersen
Key cast: Johannes Brost, Peter Carlberg, Leonore Ekstrand
International sales: TrustNordisk
Logline: An aging club promoter spins out of control after causing a tragic accident. Lo-fi drama won the debut prize at Toronto.

“The Crown Jewels”
Director: Ella Lemhagen
Key cast: Alicia Vikander, Bill Skarsgard, Bjorn Gustafsson
International sales: TrustNordisk
Logline: Swedish teen drama about a girl accused of attempted murder. Screens in the Generation sidebar.

“Black’s Game”
Director: Oskar Thor Axelsson
Key cast: Thorvaldur David Kristjansson, Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Damon Younger
International sales: TrustNordisk
Logline: Exec produced by Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn and inspired by his “Pusher” franchise, “Black’s Game” is a drug thriller with an arty twist, already presold strongly before its world premiere in Rotterdam.

“Simon and the Oaks”
Director: Lisa Ohlin
Key cast: Bill Skarsgard, Helen Sjoholm, Jan Josef Liefers
International sales: NonStop
Logline: Award-winning $8 million adaptation of classic novel set in WWII, about the friendship between a Swedish boy and a Jewish refugee.

“Rat King”
Director: Petri Kotwica
Key cast: Julius Lavonen, Max Ovaska, Outi Maenpaa
International sales: Yellow Affair
Logline: Psychological thriller about young people addicted to Internet games. Kotwica’s next project, “Fleeing Dreams,” is part of this year’s Co-Production Market.

“Iron Sky”
Director: Timo Vuorensola
Key cast: Christopher Kirby, Gotz Otto, Udo Kier
International sales: Stealth Media Group
Logline: Genre mash-up that imagines what might have happened if Nazis had set up a base on the dark side of the moon, and then returned to invade Earth in the 21st century. More than $1 million of the $10 million budget was raised from fans via the Internet. Screens in Panorama.

“Jackpot”
Director: Magnus Martens
Key cast: Kyrre Hellum, Mads Ousdal, Henrik Mestad
International sales: TrustNordisk
Logline: Twisted action comedy adapted by Jo Nesbo (“Headhunters”) from his own book, about four guys who fall out after winning the lottery.

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