Film Market

New Nordic Films is a selective market. We screen the best Nordic films based upon quality and international potential. The programme consists of 20-25 brand new completed Nordic films for theatrical release and around 20 works in progress of upcoming films.

Photo: Grethe Nygaard

New Nordic Films is an industry film market where new and upcoming Nordic feature films will be presented to festival programmers, distributors, film funds and institutes, international sales agents, and potential co-producers. The market is a showcase for the best of the recent and upcoming films from the five Nordic countries. The market consists of online market screenings, on site works in progress presentations and project pitches of feature films for the co-production market.

The main aim for the market is to create an international awareness for Nordic films and increase the circulation of the films to festivals and international platforms.

 

Marked Screenings 2021 (more titles to follow)

 

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A-HA – THE MOVIE by Thomas ROBSAM, Aslaug HOLM

ENGLISH, NORWEGIAN – Documentary, Art – Culture – NORWAY – 2021 – 108 min Contact: FIRST HAND FILMS (Shan GUO)

A story of great music, big ambitions, broken friendship – and maybe forgiveness.

ALMA by Kristín Jóhannesdóttir

ICELANDIC – Drama – ICELAND – 2021 – 100 minContact: DUO PRODUCTIONS (Gudrun Edda THORHANNESDOTTIR)

Alma is serving time in a psych ward for murdering her boyfriend, a crime she can’t remember. But when she discovers the boyfriend’s still alive, she decides to escape and kill him after all.

ANY DAY NOW by Hamy RAMEZAN

FINNISH – Drama – FINLAND – 2020 – 82 min Contact: NEW EUROPE FILM SALES (Ewa BOJANOWSKA)

13 year old Ramin Mehdipour and his Iranian family have been living in a refugee centre in Finland. Just as Ramin starts to enjoy the school holidays, the family receives the terrible news their asylum application has been denied.

BACKYARD VILLAGE (ÞORPIÐ Í BAKGARÐINUM) by Marteinn THORSSON

ENGLISH, ICELANDIC – Drama – ICELAND – 2021 – 92 min Cast: Tim PLESTER, Laufey ELÍASDÓTTIRContact: TENDERLEE MOTION PICTURES COMPANY (Marteinn THORSSON)

Unable to face the mother who left her at a young age, BRYNJA (40) takes shelter in a small guesthouse in a village outside Reykjavik. There she befriends MARK (50), a British tourist, who’s dealing with his own personal tragedy.

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CLARA SOLA by Nathalie ÁLVAREZ MESÉN

SPANISH – Drama – BELGIUM, COSTA RICA, GERMANY, SWEDEN – 2021 – 106 min Cast: Wendy CHINCHILLA ARAYA, Daniel CASTAÑEDA RINCÓN, Ana Julia PORRAS ESPINOZA, Flor María VARGAS CHAVESContact: LUXBOX (Marie LAMBOEUF)

In a remote village in Costa Rica, Clara, a withdrawn 40-year-old woman, experiences a sexual and mystical awakening as she begins a journey to free herself from the repressive religious and social conventions which have dominated her life.

COMPARTMENT N°6 (HYTTI NRO 6) by Juho KUOSMANEN

FINNISH, RUSSIAN – Drama, Road movie, Social issues – GERMANY, ESTONIA, FINLAND, RUSSIA – 2021 – 107 min Cast: Seidi HAARLA, Yuriy BORISOVContact: TOTEM FILMS (Agathe VALENTIN)

As a train weaves its way up to the arctic circle, two strangers share a journey that will change their perspective on life.

EVA & ADAM by Caroline COWAN

SWEDISH – Children’s – SWEDEN – 2021 – 82 min Contact: FILMLANCE INTERNATIONAL AB (Louise BERGBÄCK)

Falling in love for the first time. How do you know? What do you do? When Adam starts a new school, he meets Eva. Suddenly, everything is different.

FUCKING WITH NOBODY by Hannaleena Hauru

FINNISH – Comedy, Drama, Romance – FINLAND – 2020 – 103 min Contact: AAMU FILM COMPANY (Emilia HAUKKA)
Hanna is a film director. She loses her dream job to her rival Kristian who is much more popular, and not single. Thus, she decides to create a parody romance on Instagram, which has unexpected effects.
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GEARED UP (VITT SKRÄP) by Tobias Leo NORDQUIST

SWEDISH – Action/Adventure, Thriller, Crime – SWEDEN – 2021 – 107 min Cast: Ola RAPACE, Ida ENGVOLL, Peter VIITANEN, Erik BOLIN, Donald HÖGBERG. Contact: THE YELLOW AFFAIR (Steven BESTWICK)

In the search for reconciliation with his past, Sami (Ola Rapace) ends up in a small town where he meets Kim (Ida Engvoll) and gets involved in a seemingly sophisticated methamphetamine empire run by a local gangster and his two sons.

GRACIOUS NIGHT (YÖ ARMAHTAA) by Mika KAURISMÄKI

FINNISH – Drama – FINLAND – 2020 – 90 min Cast: Timo TORIKKA, Kari HEISKANEN, Pertti SVEHOLM, Anu SINISALO. Contact: THE YELLOW AFFAIR (Steven BESTWICK)

Kaurismäki’s Gracious Night tells the story of three men who bond over a long night of wine and intellectual discussion, on what could be the final night for a bar under serious financial pressure during lockdown.

I AM ZLATAN (JAG ÄR ZLATAN) by Jens SJÖGREN

ENGLISH, SWEDISH – Drama – SWEDEN – 2021 – 100 minContact: TRUSTNORDISK (Naya MØRCH-JESSEN)

I AM ZLATAN is a coming-of-age story depicting Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s upbringing in a rough Swedish suburb.

MARGRETE – QUEEN OF THE NORTH (MARGRETE DEN FØRSTE) by Charlotte SIELING

DANISH – Drama, Epic – DENMARK – 2021 – 115 min Cast: Trine DYRHOLM, Søren MALLING, Morten HEE ANDERSEN, Jakob OFTEBRO. Contact: REINVENT INTERNATIONAL SALES (Ida STORM)

The year is 1402. Margrete has achieved what no man has managed before. She has gathered Denmark, Norway and Sweden into a peace-oriented union, which she single-handedly rules through her young, adopted son, Erik.

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NELLY RAPP – MONSTER AGENT (NELLY RAPP – MONSTERAGENT) by Amanda ADOLFSSON

SWEDISH – Children’s, Fantasy – SWEDEN – 2020 – 92 min Cast: Matilda GROSS, Lily WAHLSTEEN, Johan RHEBORG, Björn GUSTAFSSON, Marianne MÖRCK. Contact: REINVENT INTERNATIONAL SALES (Ida STORM)

Nelly Rapp is an ordinary girl. Well, maybe not a completely ordinary girl – she’s actually a monster agent – the kind who has responsibility for keeping monsters and ghosts where they should be. Yes, they actually do exist.

NOTHING TO LAUGH ABOUT (INGENTING Å LE AV) by Petter NÆSS

NORWEGIAN – Comedy, Drama – NORWAY – 2021 – 106 min Cast: Odd-Magnus WILLIAMSON, Sara KHORAMI, Øystein MARTINSEN. Contact: TRUSTNORDISK (Naya MØRCH-JESSEN)

Kasper Berntsen (40) is a successful stand-up comedian. He has everything a man could ask for: his regular gig at the city’s top comedy club, his beautiful girlfriend and his fabulous life as a public figure. However, one day everything changes.

OH IT HERTZ! by Gunnar Hall JENSEN

ENGLISH – Documentary – NORWAY, SWEDEN – 2021 – 87 min Cast: Laurie AMAT, Stig Arne SKILBREI, Jamie BUTURUFF, Dame Evelyn GLENNIE, Yoko SEN, Dr. Toby HEYS, Jeff VOLK. Contact: UPNORTH FILM (ORKANGER) (Christian FALCH)

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PLEASURE by Ninja THYBERG

ENGLISH, SWEDISH – Drama – FRANCE, NETHERLANDS, SWEDEN – 2021 – 109 min Contact: PLATTFORM PRODUKTION (Ludwig KÄLLÉN)

19-year-old Linnéa leaves her small town life in Sweden for Los Angeles to become Jessica, the world’s next big porn star. But the road to her goal turns out to be bumpier than she imagined.

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QUAKE (SKJÁLFTI) by Tinna HRAFNSDÓTTIR

ICELANDIC – Drama, First film, Book adaptation – ICELAND – 2021 – 106 min Cast: Aníta BRIEM, Edda BJÖRGVINSDÓTTIR, Jóhann SIGURÐARSON, Sveinn GEIRSSON. Contact: FREYJA FILMWORK (Tinna HRAFNSDÓTTIR)

Repressed memories that Saga unconsciously blocked as a child suddenly start to come back, revealing the truth about her past.

STAY HOME (VI BLIR HJEMME) by Marianne MØRK, Maren Victoria THINGNÆS

BRAZILIAN-PORTUGUESE, SPANISH, FRENCH, ENGLISH, NORWEGIAN, ARABIC-LEBANESE – Documentary, Family, Female director – NORWAY, SWEDEN – 2021 – 87 min. Contact: FUGLENE AS (Gudmundur GUNNARSSON)

In Stay Home, we experience the first year of the pandemic through the eyes of eleven children and teenagers, from eight different countries around the world. They all go through big changes when the lockdown hits them at the same point in history.

THE APE STAR (APSTJÄRNAN) by Linda HAMBÄCK

ENGLISH – Animation, Family, Fantasy – DENMARK, NORWAY, SWEDEN – 2020 – 76 min Contact: ATTRACTION DISTRIBUTION (Sylvia KOCMAN)

Jonna dearly wants to be adopted and will accept anyone so long as her new parent loves her. When her potential new mom drives up to the orphanage in an old car, she gets a big shock when the door opens and a gorilla steps out!

THE MARCO EFFECT (MARCO EFFEKTEN) by Martin ZANDVLIET

DANISH – Thriller – DENMARK – 2020 – 120 min Cast: Ulrich THOMSEN, Zaki YOUSSEF, Sofie TORP, Zdenek GODLA. Contact: TRUSTNORDISK (Frederik HEMMINGSEN)

When a boy is arrested at a boarder control for possession of a missing public servant’s passport, Carl Mørck is tasked with finding the connection.

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THE PACT (PAGTEN) by Bille AUGUST

DANISH – Drama – DENMARK – 2021 – 116 min Cast: Birthe NEUMANN, Simon BENNEBJERG, Asta AUGUST, Nanna VOSS. Contact: REINVENT INTERNATIONAL SALES (Helene AURØ)

Aged 62 Karen Blixen is at the pinnacle of her fame and next in line to win the Nobel Prize for literature. It’s been 17 years since she gave up her famous African adventure only to return to Denmark in ruins.

THE VENUS EFFECT (VENUSEFFEKTEN) by Anna Emma HAUDAL

DANISH – Comedy, Drama, Romance – DENMARK – 2021 – 105 min Cast: Johanne MILLAND PEDERSEN, Josephine PARK, Sofie GRÅBØL, Lars MIKKELSEN, Morten HEE ANDERSEN. Contact: MOTOR (Rasmus LUND)

Liv is in her early 20s. She works in the family greengrocer business in the provinces when she, without warning, falls in love with the spirited and tempestuous Andrea. Andrea has sought refuge in her uncle’s idyllic apple orchard because she is suffering from stress and Liv has barely cut the apron strings from her parents when Andrea bursts into…

TRUST ME by Emil TRIER

ENGLISH, NORWEGIAN – Documentary, Crime, Social issues – NORWAY – 2021 – 75 min Contact: FIRST HAND FILMS (Shan GUO)

How did the young entrepreneur and media darling, Waleed Ahmed, known as “Norway’s Mark Zuckerberg” end up being arrested by the FBI and sentenced to 11 years in prison?

WILD MEN (VILDMÆND) by Thomas DANESKOV

DANISH – Comedy, Thriller – DENMARK – 2021 – 103 min Cast: Rasmus BJERG, Zaki YOUSSEF, Bjørn SUNDQUIST, Sofie GRÅBØL. Contact: CHARADES (Nicolas REBESCHINI)

Man VS Life

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WOLKA by Arni Olafur ASGEIRSSON

ENGLISH, POLISH – Drama – ICELAND, POLAND – 2021 – 104 min Cast: Olga BOŁĄDŹ, Anna MOSKAL, Eryk LUBOS, Jan CIĘCIARA

Contact: THE PLAYMAKER MUNICH (MEDIA SERVICES GMBH) (Julian WEIßER)

Anna gets released from a Polish prison on parole after fifteen years behind bars. Once free, Anna has but one goal – to find a woman whose name is Dorota.

 

 

FILMS IN OUR NEXT NORDIC GENERATION PROGRAM

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MY FAVOURITE DAUGHTER (YNDLIGSDATTER) by Susi HAANING

DANISH – First film – DENMARK – 2021 – 8 minContact: NEW NORDIC FILMS (HAUGESUND) (Dragica VIDOVIC)

Favourite Daughter (Regissør Susi Haaning, Den danske filmskolen)

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DEATH, DICTATE SILENCE by Javid SINA

SWEDISH – First film, NEXT NORDIC GENERATION – SWEDEN – 2021 – 15 minContact: NEW NORDIC FILMS (HAUGESUND) (Dragica VIDOVIC)

Death, Dictate Silence (Regissør Javid Sina, HDK-Valand)

 

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FITTEFAEN by Ingrid STORRØNNINGEN

NORWEGIAN – First film, NEXT NORDIC GENERATION – NORWAY – 2021 – 18 min Contact: NEW NORDIC FILMS (HAUGESUND) (Dragica VIDOVIC)

Fittefaen (Regissør Ingrid Storrønningen, Westerdals | Høyskolen Kristiania)

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PECKING ORDER (HØNEKAMP) by Johannes Veine WIIK

NORWEGIAN – First film – NORWAY – 2021 – 15 min Contact: NEW NORDIC FILMS (HAUGESUND) (Dragica VIDOVIC)

Hønekamp (Regissør Johannes Veine Wiig, Westerdals | Høyskolen Kristiania)

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BURN (BRENN) by Syver FLEM

NORWEGIAN – First film, NEXT NORDIC GENERATION – NORWAY – 2021 – 11 min Contact: NEW NORDIC FILMS (HAUGESUND) (Dragica VIDOVIC)

Brenn! (Regissør Syver Flem, Westerdals | Høyskolen Kristiania)

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YOUNG & AFRAID by Petter AABERG, Sverre KVAMME

NORWEGIAN – Documentary – NORWAY – 2018 – 100 min Contact: CURIOUS FILMS (Rachel WATTS)

In 2017 Petter (24) decides to end his life, but at the very last moment, is stopped by the police. His best friend and fellow film student Sverre is determined to help and suggests they make a film to keep Petter busy and focused on getting better. Equipped with a camera, they search the streets of Oslo and get to befriend people.

 

 

All screenings are for professionals only. No press.

New Nordic Films is supported by Creative Europe, Nordic Film & TV Fond, Norwegian Film Institute, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Filmkraft Rogaland.