Danish international distributor LevelK will start world sales of Norwegian director Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken’s action adventure thriller “Cave” at New Nordic Films, the market of the 44th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund. The market unspools at the Scandic Maritim Hall Aug. 23-26.
“Cave,” Dahlsbakken’s third feature, will close the festival Aug. 25. “In Haugesund, we will introduce it to the international market for real,” said LevelK CEO Tine Klint. LevelK handled Norwegian-Kurdish director Halkawt Mustafa’s drama “El Clásico” (2015), which won two prizes at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, and Norwegian director Aslaug Holm’s documentary, “Brødre” (“Brothers”), licensed to 24 countries.
“I see many talented Norwegian filmmakers and a huge variety of features that we can also market internationally – there is a tremendous curiosity and creativity both in storytelling and financial structures,” Klint said, announcing at Haugesund that she has also acquired the Norwegian director Izer Allu’s feature debut, “Hunting Flies.”
Dahlsbakken, who scripted, directed and produced “Cave,” has described the film as “probably my most ambitious project so far,” after his 2015 debut Returning Home” and this year’s “Sensommer” (Late Summer); he currently has 1920s-set thriller “The Outlaws” (“De fredløse), in post, and is developing “Cave 2.”
Shot in Norway and Mexico, starring Heidi Toini, Benjamin Helstad, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen and Ingar Helge Gimle, “Cave” follows a a group of former military elite operatives who set out to explore an uncharted abyss, not knowing their worst nightmare is waiting for them deep beneath the ground. It was lensed and co-produced for FilmBros by Dahlsbakken’s brother, Oskar Dahlsbakken.
“Hunting Flies,” scripted by and produced by Aliu, co-produced by Khalid Maimouni for Storyline Pictures, and starring Burhan Amiti, is set the day when Ghani, an idealistic teacher, has lost his job. In a final attempt to get it back he locks his students inside the classroom and forces them to try to resolve a generation-long conflict between their villages.
Outside Norway, Klint has inked a pact for Danish director Rasmus Heisterberg’s directorial debut, “In the Blood” (“I blodet”). The writer/co-writer of films by Nikolaj Arcel, Mikkel Nørgaard, Søren Kragh-Jacobsen sets a story that follows a medical student who share an apartment with three friends during the happy-go-lucky days in Copenhagen. But Simon is not ready to leave the party, drink and chase girls, while the others want to sell the apartment, steadily gravitating towards the safe haven of adulthood. Pic stars Kristoffer Bech, Elliot Crosset Hove, Aske Bang and Mads Reuther in the Caroline Schlüter Bingestam production for Profile Pictures feature.
“It is rare that a documentary travels that well,” she said of Holm’s “Brothers” (2015), which has so far screened at 35 international festivals, bringing home seven awards, including best international documentary at Toronto’s Hot Docs; it also won Holm an Amanda, Norway’s national film prize, for best director. The brothers in the film are her own sons, Markus and Lukas – now 14 and 11 years old – whom she filmed over a period of eight years, “to go into the children’s real world and discover truth and original life.” It was produced by Tore Buvarp, for Fenris Film.