HAUGESUND, Norway– “Magic,” Andreas Ohman and Oskar Gullstrand’s fantasy-filled adventure project, won best project at the New Nordic Films, a mini-mart hosted by Haugesund’s Norwegian fest that wrapped today.
Pic centers on two siblings waking up one morning to realize that their parents are gone, along with other all other grown-ups, and have been replaced by monsters. The two children set out on a journey to find their parents, traveling across mountains and oceans.
Ohman and Gullstrand are producing the movie via Naive, their Stockholm-based commercials and post-prod shingle, and Filmlance, the well-established outfit behind “The Bridge.” The helmer duo explained the project is a spinoff of a music video they directed in 2011 which stirred upbeat buzz on Youtube.
Gyda Velvin Myklebust, the programme director of the New Nordic Films Programme, said her team sifted through a record 75 applications to come up with the final 20 projects, many of which were genre titles with fantasy or thriller elements. The two-day event gathered 300 international and local industryites, including festivals toppers, as well as acquisition and sales execs from TrustNordisk, LevelK, The Yellow Affair, Wild Bunch, Memento and Les Films du Losange.
Other talked-about projects pitched in the New Nordic Films included Rasmus Heisterberg’s “In The Blood,” Hans Petter Moland’s “The Indian Bride.”
Set in Copenhagen, “In The Blood” turns on a 23-year old man, Simon, who struggles to let go of the freedom of his youth and become an adult. Pic is Heisterberg’s directorial debut. An accomplished screenwriter, Heisterberg is behind Nicolaj Arcel’s “A Royal Affair” and ‘The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo,” among other Scandi hits. “Blood” is produced by Caroline Schluter Bingestam, who led-produced Jonas Alexander Arnby’s Critics Week player “When Animals Dream” while working at Alphaville Pictures Copenhagen.
Budgeted at 1.8 million Euros,”Blood” will lense in Danish and is expected to start shooting in Summer 2015. Bingestam is looking for a sales agent and co-producers.
“The Indian Bride,” which marks Moland’s follow-up to Berlin-competiting “In Order of Disappearance,” was adapted by Erlend Loe from Karin Fossum’s bestseller. It turns on a long-time bachelor from Norway who falls in love with an Indian woman who gets brutally murdered upon arriving in Norway. Produced by Helen Ahlsson (“Armwrestler from Solitude”), Motlys (“Louder than Bombs”) and Tre Vanner (“The Boy with the Golden Trousers”), the 4.7 million Euros movie will depict the crime investigation that reveals the flawed lives of several suspects. Ahlsson is looking for co-producers and a sales company.
The forum also presented projects of Nordic up and comers, including the drama “What Will People Say” by Iram Haq, whose debut “I Am Yours” played at Toronto, and “Homesick,” a psychological drama about incest directed by Anne Sewitsky (“Happy, Happy,” “Totally True Love,” well as projects backed by seasoned producers such as the thriller “Sophisto” from Danish shingle Beofilm whose credits include Sundance-winning “Teddy Bear.”
Lastly, the Norwegian festival hosted two work-in-progress sessions that delivered a few highlights, notably Charlotte Blom’s feature debut “Staying Alive.” Produced by Maipo Film, the dramedy, turning on a woman who finds out her long-time husband has been unfaithful, sparked laugher among participants. “Alive” is repped by Trust Nordisk, as were most of the projects presented at Haugesund.