If its 2013 selection turns out to be as striking as last year’s — with titles such as Mikael Marcimain’s “Call Girl,” Gabriela Pichler’s “Eat Sleep Die” and Tobias Lindholm’s “A Hijacking” — there are plenty of reasons to visit the Nordic Film Market, taking place Jan. 31-Feb. 3 at the Goteborg Festival.
The market is an international bazaar and networking venue for Nordic feature films and TV drama. Up to 40 titles — features and works in progress — will be presented in an effort to enhance the standing of Nordic films and provide a solid platform for their financing and worldwide distribution.
New on this year’s program is Nordic Film Lab Discovery on Feb. 1 when participants from Denmark, Norway and Sweden will present their upcoming projects. Moderating the session is former film editor Mike Goodridge, CEO of London-based international sales and financing company Protagonist Pictures.
Among 10 participants showing works in progress are Swedish helmer Ester Martin Bergmark, awarded for “She Male Snails” at Goteborg last year; Anna-Maria Kantarius, Swedish producer of upcoming crime series “Maria Lang”; and Norwegian scribe-director Mariken Halle, whose soph pic “The World Is Waiting” is about three Swedish waitresses in Oslo. Unlike the works in progress shown at the regular market, Discovery presents projects set for future release.
Also showcased within the Nordic Film Market is TV Drama Vision, an event where tube industry gets together Jan. 31 to exchange ideas. The agenda includes the following seminars: The Structure of TV Drama, with Company Pictures’ John Yorke, creator of BBC Writers Academy; What Comes After Nordic Crime? Trends in Scandinavian TV Making; and The Story Behind ‘Dag,’ a case study with the creators of Norwegian TV’s “Dag,” a comedy series that has gathered a hardcore fan base throughout Scandinavia, with the remake rights sold to Fox Television Studios.
August FoolsFinland, Taru Makela director, Kinosto production
BlindNorway, Eskil Vogt director, Motlys production
HotelSweden, Lisa Langseth director, B-Reel production
The Hour of the LynxDenmark, Soren Kragh-Jacobsen director, Lars Bredo Rahbek production
PioneerNorway, Erik Skjoldberg director, Friland production
Princess of EgyptFinland, Jan Forsstrom director, Making Movies production
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