While in Goteborg, Variety caught up with the Nordics' Wonder Woman, the spunky and forward-thinking Rikke Ennis, who is the CEO of TrustNordisk, the Denmark-based European powerhouse attached to Lars Von Trier's Zentropa. Among the company's credits: Thomas Vinterberg's Oscar-nominated "The Hunt," Susanne Bier's "In a Perfect World" and, of course, all of Von Trier's movies. Ennis discussed the company's strategy, its upcoming move into China with the launch of Zentropa China, the booming appeal of Nordic cinema, production trends...
At the helm of TrustNordisk, Scandinavia’s biggest international sales banner, Rikke Ennis has succeeded in nurturing a pool of talented Nordic filmmakers such as Thomas Vinterberg (“The Hunt”), Lars von Trier (“Nymphomaniac”) and Susanne Bier (“In Another World”). Ennis has also forged relationships with up-and-coming Scandi filmmakers like Fenar Ahmad (“Darkland”) and Kristoffer Borgli (“Drib”).
One of Ennis’s main achievements is the launch of Zentropa China in 2012. The outfit is developing three movies, including the first Chinese/Danish co-production, “My best Friend Andersen,” which is a feature film adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales. Shu Huan, whose credits include Chinese B.O. hits such as “Lost in Thailand,” “Lost in Hong Kong” and “Buddies in India,” is writing the script, which Ennis says will combines romance and fantasy. Shooting is expected to start in Spring 2018.
Ennis started her career in international sales at OS ApS, a TV sales company owned by M&M, Nimbus Film, Grasten film and Zentropa. Following the merger of Zentropa and Nordisk, OS ApS became TrustNordisk, which still ranks as one of Europe’s most influential sales companies with a library of more than 600 films.
Earlier this year, Ennis launched Trust Studio, a sister banner to TrustNordisk which is involved in financing, development and co-production of both films and TV drama. The first project on Trust Studio’s slate is “Last Light,” an eight-part dystopian series co-produced with Sydney Gallonde and Brain Academy.