Scandi pics screen at Berlin

'Rebounce,' 'Skyscraper' among titles

Films screening in Berlin’s youth-oriented Generation competition are among EFM titles being repped by Scandinavian sales houses this year.

Danish director Rune Schjott’s “Skycraper” is among a raft of new films and presales on offer from TrustNordisk.

A gentle comedy about a maligned 17-year-old boy who finds salvation from parental criticism when a beautiful blind woman comes into his life, the Danish-language movie was produced by Fine & Mellow.

Another Generation player is “The Liverpool Goalie,” a coming-of- age comedy by Norwegian director Arild Andresen that has received rave reviews in Norway and nabbed nearly 40,000 admissions since its release in October. Produced by Hakon Overas and Karin Julsrud for 4½ Fiksjon, NonStop (Stockholm) reps the pic.

Other Scandinavian buzz titles films at EFM include “Rebounce” a Danish teen drama, also in Generation, is directed by Heidi Maria Faisst and produced by Zentropa Entertainment. TrustNordisk has sales.

Norwegian drama “I Travel Alone,” directed by Stian Kristiansen, is among a package of market films repped by Sweden’s NonStop Sales. The comfortable world of literature student Jarle Klepp explodes when he discovers he is the father of a 7-year-old girl. Kristiansen updates the life of a character first introduced as a teenager in his debut film “The Man Who Loved Yngve.” Pic’s produced by Oslo-based Motlys, Oslo with NonStop Sales selling rights.

Also from Norway is Anna Sewitsky’s “Happy Happy,” about the lengths a woman will go to keep a loveless marriage alive until a perfect couple move in next door, unleashing a torrent of emotions in her. Producer is Maipo Film with sales from TrustNordisk.

TrustNordisk also has a range of new crime thrillers at EFM, reflecting the strong market for Scandinavian crime movies.

Aimed at both television and film audiences and shot as six-part standalone episodes, titles include Danish series “Those Who Kill,” based on the universe of crime writer Elsebeth Egholm, directed by Birger Larsen; and “Veum,” based on the novels of Norwegian writer Gunnar Staalesen and directed by Morten Tyldum. Both series are produced by Miso Film.

TrustNordisk also has Sigma Film’s Scottish production “Perfect Sense,” directed by David Mackenzie and starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green about a couple whose passionate affair seems to reflect a worldwide emotional upheaval.

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