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Toronto: Michael Nyqvist, Olivia Williams to Star in ‘Shadows’

Film based on Swedish bestseller ‘Skugga’

Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist and Brit thesp Olivia Williams are set to topline “The Shadows,” an English-language thriller directed by first-timer Ludovic Bernard, who worked as first assistant director on a flurry of EuropaCorp movies, from Luc Besson’s “The Lady” to Olivier Megaton’s “Taken 2” and Scarlett Johansson starrer “Lucy.”

Based on Swedish author Karin Alvtegen’s bestselling novel “Skugga,” “The Shadows” is a dark family thriller.

Pic is set up at Thomas Saignes’ Paris-based financing firm Tomato Pictures and is lead-produced by Same Player. A major Swedish partner is in talks to come on board.

Headquartered in Paris with an office in Montreal, Tomato Pictures sets up international financing and co-productions for films such as Benoit Jacquot’s Berlin-preeming “Farewell, My Queen” and Juan Solanas’ “Upside Down,” starring Kirsten Dunst. “After focusing on co-productions between Europe and Canada, we’re now also diving more and more into European co-productions,” said Saignes.

The company’s other ambitious projects include $20 million period drama “Il etait une fois en France.” Pic is the bigscreen makeover of the well-known comicbook series depicting the true story of Joseph Joanovici, an enigmatic billionaire Jew who worked for the French underground movement while collaborating with the Nazis during WWII. Fabien Nury, who penned the comicbook, is set to direct this French-German co-production. Same Player is producing with the backing of a French mini-major.

At Toronto, Saignes is also looking to complete the financing for Michale Boganim’s English-language coming-of-age drama “Lost in America.” The $10 million pic follows the journey of a young woman who is raised in an ultra-orthodox community in Brooklyn, gets pregnant out of wedlock and has to run away. Michel Propper’s MP Prods. is producing. Saignes is looking for North American co-producers.

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