Three Nordic Films In Berlin’s Official Competition

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The good news came this Wednesday when the 60th Berlinale (February 11-21) announced that Danish filmmakers Thomas Vinterberg and Pernille Fischer Christensen, (photo) as well as Norway’s Hans Petter Moland will all vie for the coveted Golden Bear award with their latest feature films, Submarino, A Family and A Somewhat Gentle Man respectively, all supported by Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

The three Nordic filmmakers will compete against 23 other international films by world renowned filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski, Zhang Yimou and Michael Winterbottom. «Congratulations to all three films that have been selected at the Berlinale, one of the most prestigious and important film festivals in the world. Having three Nordic films in official selection is further proof of the unique creativity and diversity of filmmaking in the Nordic region consisting of only 24.5m people,» said Nordisk Film & TV Fond CEO Hanne Palmquist.

Berlin is Pernille Fischer Christensen’s ‘lucky’ festival where her directorial debut A Soap won both the Silver Bear and Best Debut awards in 2006. Her new film A Family (En familie) is a drama about a woman torn between family obligations and her own dreams of self-fulfilment. In the lead roles are Jesper Christensen (Casino Royale) and Lene Maria Christensen (Terribly Happy). The film is produced by Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Vinca Wiedemann for Zentropa. The Danish release through Nordisk Film is scheduled for October 28, 2010.

Submarino is the fifth feature film by Vinterberg (Celebration). Co-written with Tobias Lindholm (R) the film tells of two estranged brothers whose lives are brought back together, forcing them to face dramatic childhood memories. The brothers are played by Jakob Cedergren (Terribly Happy) and Peter Plaugborg in his first major role. The film was produced by Morten Kaufmann for Nimbus Film. Sandrew Metronome will release it domestically on March 25.

Hans Petter Moland was in competition in Berlin 2004 for his international epic Beautiful Country. His new film A Somewhat Gentle Man (En Ganske snill mann, previously known as Regnskap) is his first black comedy. Stellan Skarsgård (star of Moland’s Zero Kelvin and Aberdeen) plays an ex criminal, recently released from prison. Like any other man, he has to deal with aging…possibly with dignity. Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B. Kvae are producing for Paradox and Nordisk Film will handle the domestic release in March 2010.

Denmark’s well established scriptwriter Kim Fupz Aakeson has written the scripts both for A Somewhat Gentle Man and A Family (in collaboration with Fischer Christensen). Sales agent TrustNordisk is representing both films in Berlin, and Submarino is handled by The Match Factory.

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