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                                                                                                                              One region - five countries,
                                                                                                                              One film prize - five contesters,
                                                                                                                              One winner - and the talent behind it all.

                                                                                                                              Welcome to High Five, the magazine about:
                                                                                                                              · The Nordic Council Film Prize 2009
                                                                                                                              · The five competing films and the nominated writers, directors, producers
                                                                                                                              · The filmmaking and makers in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway & Sweden
                                                                                                                              · The film events coming to you soon…

                                                                                                                              The High Five magazine is divided into three sections:
                                                                                                                              · An English language editorial section
                                                                                                                              · A national language section presenting the five nominated films and the Nordic Council Film Prize
                                                                                                                              · A national programme section telling you where and when to screen the five films in cinemas in
                                                                                                                                Copenhagen, Helsinki, Reykjavik, Oslo & Stockholm

                                                                                                                              Nordisk Film & TV Fond administers the Nordic Council Film Prize and it is a great pleasure
                                                                                                                              presenting this years selected titles. Since these five films are “only the tip of the big Nordic film
                                                                                                                              iceberg” it makes perfect sense to take this opportunity to also introduce a number of the people (and
                                                                                                                              their work) behind the success of the Nordic film industry.

                                                                                                                              Norden is not a region known for bragging and loud mouthing. However, in my opinion, there is
                                                                                                                              something to brag about.

                                                                                                                              Enjoy.
 Editor Hanne Palmquist                                                    The Tip Of The Iceberg                        03
 Coordinator Ann-Sophie W. Birkenes                                        Stealing Bicycles                             04
 Cover, Back Cover & All Special Photography Helene Hasen (Rawformat.dk)   Millenium: Back For More                      08
 Design & Artwork Paul Wilson (Yellow1.dk)                                 Music To Thrill                               09   Hanne Palmquist
 Print Delta Grafisk AS                                                    National Section                              11   CEO, Nordisk Film & TV Fond
                                                                           Nordic Council Film Prize Facts               12
                                                                           Films In Competition;                         13
                                                                                 Antichrist                              14
                                                                                 Sauna                                   16   I Wish to thank Roy Andersson, Annika Pham & Karolina Lidin for editorials, Nordic Council of
                                                                                 The Amazing Truth about Queen Raquela   18   Ministers, Jesper Schou-Knudsen, John Durie, Camera Film, BioRex, Green Light Film, Arthaus,
                                                                                 North                                   20
                                                                                 Light Year                              22
                                                                                                                              Nonstop Entertainment, Freddy Neumann, Liisa Lehmusto, Hanne Liseth, Ylva Swedenborg
                                                                           Regional Events                               24   & Paul Wilson for overall collaboration & all Jury Members.
                                                                           Larger Than Life                              27
                                                                           Burning Ambitions                             28
                                                                           Boody Nordic Film                             30
                                                                                                                              Nordisk Film & TV Fond’s purpose is to support film and TV productions of high quality in the five Nordic countries, by providing top-up financing for feature films,
                                                                           Faces To Watch Out For                        32
                                                                           Nordic Treasure Trove Of The True             34   TV-fiction / series and creative documentaries. The Fund also supports distribution and film cultural initiatives. The annual budget is approximately €950,000. Partners; Nordic
                                                                           Partners                                      35   Council of Ministers, The Five Nordic Film Institutes, 11 Nordic TV-stations.




02
                 ycles
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     A true story
     about Costs &
     Investments
     by Roy Andersson
     Photography by Helene Hasen

     A few years ago, the City of
     Stockholm tried to save money by       “I know that
     cutting back on snow clearing and
     gritting. The cost of healthcare for    for all of us it
                                             remains one of
     the victims of slipping accidents far
     exceeded the savings made.

     Inspired by this example, I would like life’s fondest
     to debate the concepts of cost and
     investment, and cite two experiences
     that have exerted a major influence
                                             memories, and
     on my life.
                                             has aroused
     In 1917, the Gothenburg doctor
     Henry Allard suggested that urban       our desire to
     children not privileged enough
     to spend summer holidays in the         give something
     to get out into the sun and swim in the back.”
     countryside should be given a chance

     sea every day. The City of Gothenburg
     approved the idea and provided            After World War II, Italian cinema
     children with free train tickets to the   was in the midst of one of its many
     Askim Baths at one of Gothenburg’s        periodic golden ages, this time centred
     finest beaches. The scheme continued      around neo-realism. Several of the films
     into the 1950s, under the name “The       that we now consider immortal classics
     bathing kids”. I was one of those kids.   belong to this genre, including Vittorio
                                               de Sica’s “The Bicycle Thief”. Screened
     Free train travel to the sea was great,   in Swedish cinemas in the ‘50s, it was
     but the scheme as a whole had much        also distributed as a 16mm reel to film
     more to offer. Instructors taught us to   clubs across the country. It was in this
     swim. At noon we were given milk in       form that I first came across it along
     mugs that we had brought from home,       with some friends in a youth club’s
     as well as fragrant caraway buns. But     table-tennis room, which had been
     that was not all.                         temporarily transformed into a cinema.
                                               On a small yellow cloth, a crackling
     Before returning to the city, many of     16mm projector cranked out a piece of
     bathing kids were recipients of perhaps   film unlike anything we had seen before:
     the most beautiful of all the many
     caring gestures. Those who lived so far   The film is set in post-war
     from the train station that they had to   Italy, during a period of massive
     take a bus or tram home were given        unemployment. Hundreds of
     two tokens – one for the bus or tram      thousands of would-be breadwinners
     journey home, and one for the next        queue up at employment exchanges
     day’s trip to the train station.          looking for work. One of them is
                                               Antonio, an unemployed Roman
     Along with thousands of Gothenburg        father of two.
     children, I experienced, at the most
     formative of ages, the privilege of       One day, after months of waiting at
     being treated with respect and care.      the exchange, his name is finally called


04
                                                                        ROY ANDERSSON
                                                                        Although he directed only
                                                                        four feature films in nearly
                                                                        four decades, Roy Andersson
                                                                        is an iconic figure of Swedish
                                                                        cinema and today, one of
                                                                        the most exportable Swedish
                                                                        filmmakers. Born in Gothenburg
                                                                        in 1943, Andersson got his
                                                                        major breakthrough in 1970
                                                                        with A Swedish Love Story,
                                                                        winner of four awards at the
                                                                        1970 Berlin International Film
                                                                        Festival. His second feature
                                                                        film Giliap was presented at the
                                                                        Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes
     out. He is offered a job. But the job calls for a bike. He does    1976. Andersson then spent the
     not have one. He had to pawn it. Other people with bikes           next 25 years concentrating on
     offer their services. Desperate for work, Antonio promises to      commercials, building himself
     turn up with a bike.                                               a world reputation. In 1981, he
                                                                        founded his company Studio
     He has promised too much. He has no assets whatsoever.             24 in Stockholm to produce
                                                                        and make his films in total
     Although Antonio is downhearted, his young wife has a              freedom. He then came back to
     solution. She removes the sheets from their bed. They can          the big screen via the short film
     pawn them.                                                         Something Happened (1987)
                                                                        and World of Glory (1991).
     After easing the experienced pawn clerk’s concerns about the       Songs From the Second Floor,
     value of the sheets, the couple raise enough to get the bike       Anderson’s third feature film
     back.                                                              made in 2000 was hailed by many
                                                                        as a chef-d’oeuvre and cemented
     At this point, the narrative temporarily leaves the poor           his new filmic style. The film
     couple, and follows the sheets. They are taken care of by an       won the Jury Prize in Cannes
     assistant, who registers them in a book, marks them, and,          2000. Roy Andersson won The
     with considerable difficulty, begins to climb a ladder that        Nordic Council Film Prize for his
     leans against the shelves where linen goods are stored. We see     film ‘You, The Living’ in 2008.
     that the room’s ceiling is very high, and that shelf after shelf
     is brimming with the sheets of Rome’s poor and unemployed
     masses.

     The film does not end happily. The poor father of two’s bike
     is stolen. After searching in vain for it among Rome’s endless
     human throng, he takes the desperate decision to steal one
     himself, but is caught in the act.

     “The Bicycle Thief” left indelible marks upon us young
     people. We were doubly shaken – not only by the sad story,
     but also by the revelation that there were people in the world
     who had, with great care and understanding, taken the time
     to make a movie about these insignificant and impoverished
     people. Encountering this sense of respect and social
     responsibility restored our faith in humanity.

     The world felt closer . . . and warmer.

     We had come into contact with a model example of an
     unselfish, humanist piece of art.

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     by Annica Pham




     “The Millennium trilogy is about            With 2.7 million admissions across           treated in hospital, after having being
     the oppression of women, within the         Scandinavia alone for The Girl with          shot in the head, and then has to go to
     family in the first book, within the        the Dragon Tattoo, and thousands             prison.”
     trafficking milieu in the second book,      of screens around the world still
     and within the political spheres in         playing Niels Arden Oplev’s thriller,        “Because of the stronger focus on
     the third book” says producer Søren         never before had a Scandinavian              Lisbeth Salander, Film 2 and 3 will
     Stærmose.                                   film reached such rocketing figures          probably appeal even more to cinema
                                                 and global exposure. Of course, as           audiences, plus the character of Mikael
     The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,            rightly put by Jan Lehmann, market           Blomqvist will be more interesting as
     the first film based on Stieg Larsson’s     director for Nordisk Film Distribution       we will actually see him working as an
     Millennium trilogy is continuing to         Denmark, Dragon Tattoo is most               investigative journalist for Salander’s
     open on world screens and to break all      certainly a ‘one time in a life time’ box    freedom.” For Alfredson, the other
     box office records for a Scandinavian       office phenomena for a Scandinavian          strong character in the Millennium
     film. The two other film adaptations        film, based on a unique best-selling         sequels, Salander’s ‘over the top’
     -The Girl Who Played with Fire and          novel. But world appetites for Nordic        surreal father Zala (Bulgarian born
     The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s            crime novels have been successfully          actor Georgi Staykov) will provide
     Nest, more focused on the fascinating       transferred onto a Nordic film, and          extra spice to the storyline, as well as
     character of Lisbeth Salander, will hit     audiences who were satisfied by the          Salander’s girlfriend Mimmi (Yasmine
     Scandinavian screens this autumn.           first film are now eagerly waiting for       Garbi).
                                                 the sequels.
     Since the rights to Stieg Larsson’s                                                      Shot back to back early January over
     trilogy were bought in 2005 by              Like the first book adaptation, the          100 days, Millennium 2 and 3 will
     Sweden’s production house Yellow            second film The Girl Who Played              run over two hours, just like the first
     Bird, specialist in screen adaptations of   with Fire and the third one The              instalment. Nordisk Film Distribution
     Nordic crime novels, the Millennium         Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s                 will open The Girl Who Played
     books and film saga have gone from          Nest will remain “very loyal to the          with Fire simultaneously in Sweden,
     high to high.                               novels,” according to producer Søren         Norway, and Denmark on September
                                                 Stærmose, and actors Noomi Rapace            18 and a week later in Finland. The
     Publishers                                  and Michael Nyqvist will carry on the
                                                 gripping adventures of their respective
                                                                                              Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
                                                                                              will hit screens on November 27 in
     to film                                     characters IT hacker Lisbeth Salander
                                                 and journalist Mikael Blomqvist.
                                                                                              Sweden, Norway and Denmark and
                                                                                              in January 2010 in Finland. The six
     producers and                               For Sweden’s Daniel Alfredson (Tic
                                                 Tac, Wolf) who replaced his Danish
                                                                                              TV films will be broadcast by SVT
                                                                                              (Sweden), ZDF (Germany), DR

     distributors                                counterpart Arden-Oplev behind
                                                 the camera, the main changes in
                                                                                              (Denmark), TV2 (Norway) and MTV
                                                                                              3 (Finland) early 2010.

     have been
                                                 Millennium 2 and 3 will come from
                                                 the setting itself, Stockholm, -unlike
                                                 the first film set in a fictitious island-
     taken by                                    and from the focal point on Lisbeth
                                                 Salander. “Millennium 2 and 3 are
     surprise by                                 really one long story about Lisbeth
                                                 Salander. How she comes to terms
     the books’                                  with her past and learns how to be a
                                                 free woman again. The big difference
     and film’s                                  also is that she is very much a lone
                                                 wolf in films 2 and 3. We get to see
     phenomenal                                  her a lot, but she doesn’t interact
                                                 much with others: in film 2, she is

     success.                                    suspected of murders and has to hide
                                                 all the time, and in film 3, she’s being
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     “Music is an emotion. It’s an added feeling to
      the characters, to a film’s dramatic shape, and
      it should never take over. It is part of a bigger
      artistic expression.”
      Jacob Groth, the Millennium composer and one of             In feature film, one of his longest collaborations has been
      Scandinavia’s biggest names in film scores, is betting on   with Rumle Hammerich, a friend since primary school,
      the film series’ international success to widen his work    with whom he worked on his first feature, Otto is a
      opportunities.                                              Unicorn in 1979. Two decades later, the two have teamed
                                                                  up again with Head Hunter, a thriller starring Lars
      May 14 2009. Cannes. The day after the opening night        Mikkelsen, set to open in Denmark this autumn.
      of the biggest festival in the world and the release of
      The Girl with the Dragon tattoo (aka Men Who Hate           One of his numerous collaborations with Søren Kragh-
      Women) on 552 French screens, the Millennium score,         Jacobsen gave him a Silver Bear at the 1996 Berlinale for
      written by Danish composer Jacob Groth, filled the          the score of The Island on Bird Street, co-written with
      breezy open air of the Cinema de la plage, waves in the     Zbigniew Preisner. With Arden-Oplev, Groth shares
      background hitting the shore. As the Athelas Sinfonietta    a ‘common language’, developed through four feature
      Copenhagen prepared to play the themes from the film        films and three TV dramas. When given the opportunity
      and a new song from The Girl Who Played with Fire,          to work together on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,
      director Niels Arden Oplev presented him as “the most       they knew that a symphonic score would be the most
      experienced and without any doubt, one of the greatest      appropriate for such a grand scale Hollywood style
      composers in Scandinavia”.                                  entertainment. And music there was, almost in every
                                                                  scene, to help characters come to life.
      The 51 year-old musician and composer has put his
      stamp on 37 film and TV series in Scandinavia over          Millennium was a project that Groth went after, after
      the last 20 years. His compositions, mixing symphonic       reading Stieg Larsson’s trilogy. Inspired by the character
      orchestra with electronic and acoustic elements, have       of Lisbeth Salander, he instantly got an idea for the
      created the mood and subtle emotions for DR’s popular       main theme, and had to let the music come out of him.
      drama Taxa, the Emmy-award winning crime series Unit        Millennium the film is now out in the world, and Groth
      One (Rejseholdet), and The Eagle (Ørnen), his personal      hopes its success will carry him further away from the
      favorite.                                                   Nordic shores.


10
     Markmið                                                        Fyrri handhafar Kvikmyndaverðlauna Norðurlandaráðs
     Tilgangur kvikmyndaverðlauna Norðurlandaráðs, er               Árið 2002 hélt Norðurlandaráð hátíðlegt 50 ára
     að auka fjölbreytni og dreifingu norrænna kvikmynda            afmæli sitt og af því tilefni voru Kvikmyndaverðlaun
     á öllum Norðurlöndum, styrkja sameiginlega norræna             Norðurlandaráðs veitt í fyrsta sinn.Finnska kvikmyndin
     menningu og þróa Norðurlöndin sem menningarlegan               Mies vailla menneisyyttä (Maðurinn án fortíðar) eftir Aki
     heimamarkað. Þá er tilgangurinn einnig að styrkja              Kaurismäki hlaut verðlaunin.
     norræna kvikmyndagerð á alþjóðavettvangi.
                                                                    Árið 2005 voru kvikmyndaverðlaunin fest í sessi og
     Verðlaunaðar kvikmyndir                                        handhafar verðlaunanna árin þar á eftir voru:
     Tilkynnt er um verðlaunin einu sinni á ári og eru þau          2005: Morðið, leikstýrt af Per Fly, skrifuð af Kim Leona,
     afhent í tengslum við Norðurlandaráðsþing í lok október.       Dorte Høg, Mogens Rukov og Per Fly og framleidd af Ib
     Verðlaunin eru veitt fyrir, kvikmynd með listrænt gildi        Tardini fyrir Zentropa, Danmörku.
     sem framleidd er af norrænum framleiðanda, lengd
     myndarinnar skal vera a.m.k. 72 mínútur. Kvikmyndin            2006: Zozo, skrifuð og leikstýrt af Josef Fares og
     verður að hafa verið frumsýnd í framleiðslulandinu á           framleidd af Anna Anthony fyrir Memfis Film í Svíþjóð.
     síðustu 12 mánuðum fyrir tilnefningu til verðlaunanna
     og fyrir 1 septmber.Verðlaunin skiptast jafnt á                2007: Listin að gráta í kór, leikstýrt af Peter Schønau Fog,
     milli handritshöfundar, leikstjóra og framleiðanda             skrifuð af Bo Hr. Hansen (byggð á skáldsögu eftir Erling
     kvikmyndarinnar. Með þessu er lögð áhersla á að                Jepsen) og framleidd af Thomas Stenderup fyrir Final Cut
     kvikmynd sem listgrein er árangur náins samstarfs þessara      í Danmörku.
     þriggja aðila.
                                                                    2008: Þið, sem lifið, skrifuð og leikstýrt af Roy Andersson
     Fimm kvikmyndir eru tilnefndar og verður tilkynnt um           og framleidd af Pernille Sanström fyrir Studio 24 í
     þær þriðjudaginn 27/8.Tilkynnt verður hvaða kvikmynd           Svíþjóð.
     hlýtur verðlaunin miðvikudaginn 21. október.

     Skilyrði tilnefningar
     kvikmynd sem tilnefnd er verður að tengjast menningu
     Norðurlandanna.Tilnefna má kvikmyndir sem búa yfir
     miklum listrænum gæðum, sem hafa vakið athygli fyrir
     listrænan frumleika, og sem sameina og kalla fram ólíka
     þætti kvikmyndarinnar sem listforms og gera hana að
     sannfærandi og heilsteyptu verki. ÞærÞþ Þær kvikmyndir
     sem eru tilnefndar eiga fyrst og fremst að vera á norrænu
     tungumáli. Við mat á kvikmyndunum getur dómnefnd
     einnig forgangsraðað tilnefndum kvikmyndum, sem að
     formi og/eða innihaldi þykja nýskapandi með tilliti til
     hefðbundinna kvikmynda.

     Dómnefndir
     Dómnefndir þjóðlandanna, einn fulltrúi og einn
     varafulltrúi, eru tilnefndar af Norrænu ráðherranefndinni




                                                                                                                                                   tion...
     (menningarmálaráðherrunum). Í dómnefnd skal skipa þá




                                                                                                                                              mpeti
     einstaklinga, sem með störfum sínum hafa sýnt hæfileika
     til greiningar og gagnrýni á kvikmyndum. Dómnefndin




                                                                                                                                         In Co
     skal vera óháð kvikmyndaiðnaði heimalandsins og er hún
     tilnefnd til þriggja ára í senn. Fulltrúar norrænu ríkjanna




                                                                                                                                   Films
     fimm horfa saman á þær fimm kvikmyndir sem tilnefndar
     eru í kvikmyndahúsi og velja og rökstyðja síðan val á þeirri




                    Um
     kvikmynd sem hlýtur verðlaunin.

     Fulltrúar: Anne Jerslev (Danmörku), Johanna Grönqvist
     (Finnlandi), Sigurjón B. Sigurdsson (Íslandi), Le LD
     Ngyen (Noregi) og Eva af Geijerstam (Svíþjóð).
     Varamenn: Bo Green Jensen (Danmörku), Kati Sinisalo




                  ðlaun
     (Finnlandi), Sif Gunnarsdottir (Íslandi), Øyvor Dalan Vik




             daver
     (Noregi) og Tony Forsberg (Svíþjóð).




     Kvikmyn       aráðs
        Norðurland
12
     IN COMPETITION DENMARK


     Andkristur
     Antichrist
     Hjón lenda í miklum erfiðleikum og konan fær ofsaleg kvíðaköst. Með það að markmiði að
     græða brostin hjörtu þeirra og erfitt hjónaband, fara þau til „Eden“ afskekkts bústaðar sem
     þau eiga úti í skógi. En dvölin verður undarlegri og hryllilegri en þau gætu nokkurn tíma hafa
     ímyndað sér þegar náttúran tekur völdin og allt verður enn verra en áður. Það reynir verulega
     á samband þeirra og þau neyðast til að takast á við sjálf sig og ótta sinn.

     Leikstjóri Lars von Trier
     Handritshöfundur Lars von Trier
     Framleiðandi Meta Louise Foldager
     Framleiðslufyrirtæki Zentropa
     Sala á alþjóðamarkaði TrustNordisk
     Lengd kvikmyndarinnar 104 Mins




     LEIKSTJÓRI/                                 FRAMLEIÐANDI
     HANDRITSHÖFUNDUR                            META LOUISE FOLDAGER
     LARS VON TRIER                              Meta Louise Foldager fæddist árið
     Lars von Trier, einn af                     1974 og nam kvikmyndafræði við
     upphafsmönnum dönsku Dogma                  Kaupmannahafnarháskóla. Sem
     stefnunnar í kvikmyndagerð á tíunda         framleiðandi hjá Nimbus Film á
     áratug síðustu aldar, er einn af virtustu   árunum 2002 til 2005 vann hún með
     kvikmyndagerðarmönnum Evrópu.               Nikolaj Arcel við gerð myndarinnar
     Hann fæddist í Danmörku árið                King’s Game, Island of Lost Souls
     1956, útskrifaðist frá Danska               og Ole-Christian Madsen við gerð
     kvikmyndaskólanum árið                      myndarinnar Angels in Fast Motion.
     1983, og árið eftir gerði hann              Hún hóf störf hjá Zentropa í janúar
     fyrstu kvikmyndina, sem hlaut               2006, sérstaklega til að framleiða
     viðurkenningu, The Element of               kvikmyndir Lars von Trier, en hún
     Crime. Meðal nýjustu verka hans             tók við af Vibeke Windeløv. Hún
     eru; Dogville (2003), Manderlay             hefur síðan framleitt The Boss of
     (2005) and The Boss of it All (2006).       it All og Andkrist. Aðrir danskir
     Lars von Trier er fastagestur á             kvikmyndaframleiðendur sem hún
     kvikmyndahátíðinni í Cannes, hann           hefur nýlega starfað með eru meðal                   “Andkristur, kvikmynd Lars von Triers, er allt í senn óþægileg og
     hefur unnið þar til fjölda verðlauna,
     meðal annars verðlauna dómnefndar,
                                                 annarra Morten Hartz Kaplers
                                                 (AFR), sem hlaut kvikmyndaverðlaun
                                                                                                       heillandi, hrífandi falleg og ósegjanlega ofbeldisfull kvikmynd
     Grand Prix du Jury, fyrir kvikmyndina       Norðurlandaráðs árið 2007 og Pernille                 um sorgir, bræði og samviskubit, um það hvernig líf tveggja
     Breaking the Waves (1996) og
     gullna pálmann, Palme d’or, fyrir
                                                 Fischer Christensen (Dancers). Næsta
                                                 kvikmynd sem hún framleiðir verður
                                                                                                       einstaklinga breytist, fer úr skorðum og verður ein allsherjar óreiða
     Dancer in the Dark (2000). Sem              mynd Arcel A Royal Affair.                            þegar ungur sonur þeirra deyr. Í Andkristi rennur hið innra og ytra
     handritshöfundur, hefur hann starfað
     með Thomas Vinterberg við gerð                                                                    saman í skelfilegri en jafnframt fallegri sýn á sársaukann og reiðina
     myndarinnar Dear Wendy og Jacob                                                                   sem nær heljartökum á sögupersónunum. Lars von Trier tekst ekki
     Thuesen við gerð myndarinnar The
     early Years-Erik Nietzxche Part 1, en                                                             einungis með frumlegri úrvinnslu á hryllingsmynd að grafa djúpt og
     sú mynd var framlag Danmerkur til                                                                 valda umróti í innri lífi sögupersónanna heldur vekur kvikmyndin
     kvikmyndaverðlauna Norðurlandaráðs
     árið 2008.                                                                                        sömu viðbrögð hjá áhorfandanum.”
                                                                                                       National Jury, Denmark: Anne Jerslev & Bo Green Jensen



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     IN COMPETITION FINLAND


     Sána
     Sauna
     Árið er 1595. Stríðinu langa er loks lokið. Bræðurnir Knut og Erik, fulltrúar í sendinefnd sem
     marka á landamæri milli Finnlands og Rússlands, drýgja hræðilega synd þegar þeir skilja
     unga stúlku eftir til að deyja drottni sínum á hryllilegan hátt. Á leið þeirra yfir ókannaða mýri,
     gengur stúlkan aftur og ásækir þá, úr andliti hennar rennur óendanlegur óþverri. Í leit að
     fyrirgefningu, taka Knut og Erik til sinna ráða.....

     Leikstjóri AJ Annila
     Handritshöfundur Iiro Küttner
     Framleiðendur Tero Kaukomaa/Jesse Fryckman
     Framleiðslufyrirtæki Bronson Club
     Sala á alþjóðamarkaði Bogeydom Licensing
     Lengd kvikmyndarinnar 80 Mins




     LEIKSTJÓRI                             HANDRITSHÖFUNDUR                         FRAMLEIÐENDUR
     AJ ANNILA                              IIRO KÜTTNER                             TERO KAUKOMAA
     Aj Annila fæddist árið 1977,           Iiro Küttner er viðurkenndur             & JESSE FRYCKMAN
     útskrifaðist frá Tampere School of     rithöfundur sem komið hefur að gerð      Tero Kaukomaa hefur rúmlega
     Art and Media árið 2002, og fjallaði   fjölda kvikmynda og sjónvarpsþátta       20 ára reynslu sem framleiðandi.
     ritgerð hans um bardagakvikmyndir      í Finnlandi frá því á tíunda áratug      Fyrirtæki hans Blind Spot Pictures
     frá Hong Kong . Fyrsta kvikmynd        síðustu aldar. Virtir leikstjórar sem    er eitt afkastamesta og farsælasta
     hans, Kung fu ævintýramyndin           hann hefur unnið með eru meðal           kvikmyndafyrirtæki Finnlands, með
     Jade Warrior (2006), var fyrsta        annarra Jukka-Pekka Siili, Saara         mikla tengingu við Evrópu. Virtir
     kvikmyndin sem framleidd hefur         Saarela, Pekka Lehto og AJ Annila        kvikmyndagerðarmenn sem hann
     verið sameiginlega af Finnlandi og     en fyrir hann skrifaði hann handrit að   hefur unnið með eru meðal annarra
     Kína. Sauna er önnur kvikmynd hans.    bæði Jade Warrior (2006) og Sauna        Auli Mantila (Geography of Fears),
     Annila vinnur þessa stundina að gerð   (2008).                                  Aleksi Salmenperä (Producing
     „Ninja Musical“ fyrir Blind Spot                                                Adults, A Man’s Job), AJ Annila
     Pictures og að gerð kvikmyndarinnar                                             (Jade Warrior, Sauna) og einnig
     Adrift sem Dimension Film                                                       Lars von Trier (Dancer in the
     framleiðir.                                                                     Dark) og Jan Troell (Everlasting
                                                                                     Moments). Starfsaðstaða Kaukomaa
                                                                                     hefur verið í Zürich í Sviss frá
                                                                                     árinu 2002. Hann er meðeigandi að       “Í Sauna er leitast við að troða nýjar slóðir í finnskri kvikmyndagerð
                                                                                     kvikmyndaframleiðslufyrirtækinu
                                                                                     Bronson Club sem hefur aðstöðu í         og tekst það vel. Myndin er metnaðarfull hrollvekja þar sem lögð
                                                                                     Helsinki.                                er áhersla á að skapa nýjan heim og mikil hughrif í stað þess að
                                                                                     Jesse Fryckman rekur fyrirtækið          nýta tækni og brellur til að vekja ótta. Sauna ryður nýja braut – sem
                                                                                     Bronson Club í Helsinki, sem
                                                                                     hann stofnaði árið 2007 ásamt
                                                                                                                              stundum virðist óendanleg eins og botnlaust fat. Í kvikmyndinni er
                                                                                     framleiðandanum Tero Kaukomaa.           sýnt fram á að nálgast má á nýstárlegan hátt viðfangsefni eins og
                                                                                     Fyrirtækið sérhæfir sig í framleiðslu
                                                                                     efnis fyrir ýmsa miðla og
                                                                                                                              syndina, reiðina og sáttir, þemu sem eiga sér rætur í goðsögninni
                                                                                     kvikmyndagerð. Sauna, kvikmynd           um finnska þunglyndið og skapa listgrein í hrollvekju sem hingað til
                                                                                     AJ Annila, er fyrsta kvikmyndin sem
                                                                                     hann framleiðir. Af nýjum verkefnum      hefur ekki verið áberandi í finnskum kvikmyndum.”
                                                                                     hans má nefna barnateiknimyndina
                                                                                     Ella and Aleksi þar sem áhorfendum       National Jury, Finland: Johanna Grönqvist & Kati Sinisalo
                                                                                     er gefinn kostur á að syngja með.


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     IN COMPETITION ICELAND


     The Amazing Truth about Queen Raquela
     The Amazing Truth about Queen Raquela
     Raquela er kynskiptingur frá Filippseyjum sem dreymir um að skipta á götum Cebu borgar
     og ævintýralífi í París. Til þess að láta drauminn rætast hættir hún vændi og snýr sér að
     hinu mun arðvænlegra netklámi. Frami hennar sem klámstjarna færir henni nýja vini, þar á
     meðal Valerie, kynskipting á Íslandi og Michael, eiganda vefsíðunnar sem hún vinnur fyrir.
     Valerie hjálpar Raquela að komast til Íslands. Þaðan býður Michael henni á stefnumót
     í París. Finnur Raquela svarið við draumum sínum í París? Og reynist Michael vera
     draumaprinsinn hennar?

     Leikstjóri Olaf de Fleur Johannesson
     Handritshöfundar Olaf de Fleur & Stefan Schaefer
     Framleiðandi Olaf de Fleur Johannesson/Stefan Schaefer/Helgi Sverrisson/Arleen Cuevas
     Framleiðslufyrirtæki Poppoli Pictures
     Sala á alþjóðamarkaði Visit Films
     Lengd kvikmyndarinnar 80 Mins




     LEIKSTJÓRI/                              MEÐHÖFUNDUR/                             FRAMLEIÐANDI
     HANDRITSHÖFUNDUR/                        FRAMLEIÐANDI                             HELGI SVERRISSON
     FRAMLEIÐANDI                             STEFAN SCHAEFER                          & ARLEEN CUEVAS
     OLAF DE FLEUR JOHANNESSON                Stefan Schaefer sem fæddur er í          Helgi Sverrisson hefur starfað
     Ólafur Jóhannesson sem fæddist           Bandaríkjunum hefur unnið við            sem kvikmyndagerðarmaður og
     í Búðardal hefur stundað                 óháða kvikmyndagerð sem leikstjóri,      framleiðandi á Íslandi í meira en 20
     kvikmyndagerð í rúman áratug.            handritshöfundur og framleiðandi         ár. Mörg verkefna hans hafa verið fyrir
     Fyrstu tvær heimildarmyndir hans         í meira en 12 ár. Kvikmyndin             Ríkissjónvarpið. Hann hefur framleitt
     Blindsker og Africa United unnu          Confess vann til verðlauna fyrir besta   þrjár mynda Ólafs Jóhannessonar.
     verðlaun sem bestu heimildarmyndir       handrit á Hamptons International
     á Edduverðlaununum 2003 og               Film Festival og önnur mynd hans         Hin 29 ára gamla Arleen Cuevas
     2004. Fyrsta leikna mynd hans The        Arranged hefur verið sýnd á meira en     frá Filippseyjum hefur verið afar         “The Amazing Truth about Queen Raquela er hrífandi og ögrandi
     Amazing Truth about Queen Raquela        30 kvikmyndahátíðum. Schaefer hitti      virk sem framleiðandi í heimalandi         kvikmynd sem segir sögu titilpersónunnar, stelpustráks frá
     (2008) hefur hlotið fjöldamörg           Ólaf árið 2003. Hingað til hafa þeir     sínu . Hún starfar oft með ungu
     verðlaun. Næsta leikna mynd hans         gert tvær leiknar kvikmyndir saman.      kvikmyndagerðarmönnunum                    Filipseyjum. Á hógværan máta er áhorfandanum boðið inn í veröld
     var gamanmyndin Stóra Planið en í
     henni fóru margir af fremstu leikurum
                                              The Amazing Truth about Queen
                                              Raquela og Stóra planið en auk þess
                                                                                       Adolfo Alix Jr og Raya Martin frá
                                                                                       Filippseyjum.
                                                                                                                                  Raquelu án fordóma, en þó ekki án þeirrar forvitni sem lífshættir
     Íslands með hlutverk og einnig           hina nýstárlegu vísinda-vefseríu                                                    hennar hljóta að vekja. Með því að má út mörk heimildarmyndar og
     bandaríski leikarinn Michael Imperioli
     (The Sopranos).
                                              Circledrawers, 2009.                                                                leikinnar myndar hefur leikstjórinn, Ólafur de Fleur Jóhannesson,
                                                                                                                                  fundið leið til þess að taka mannlega afstöðu til harðneskjulegs
                                                                                                                                  raunveruleika sögupersónunnar um leið og hann nýtur þess að
                                                                                                                                  vinna með alla frásagnarmöguleika „góðrar sögu”. Hvort sem
                                                                                                                                  Raquela er að selja sig á götunni eða framan við vefmyndavélina
                                                                                                                                  til siðlauss fjölskylduföður/klámkóngs í New York, eða sóla sig á
                                                                                                                                  ströndinni og versla með vinkonunum, minnir raunsæ og vonglöð
                                                                                                                                  afstaða Drottningarinnar til lífsins okkur á, að það er ekki okkar að
                                                                                                                                  dæma hvort líf annarra er þess virði að lifa því.”
                                                                                                                                  National Jury, Iceland: Sigurjón B. Sigurdsson & Sif Gunnarsdottir


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     IN COMPETITION NORWAY


     Norður
     Nord
     Skíðamaðurinn Jomar hefur einangrað sig sem vörður á skíðasvæði eftir að hafa fengið
     taugaáfall. Þegar hann fréttir að hann gæti verið faðir barns sem býr langt í norðri heldur hann
     af stað í undarlega og ljóðræna ferð í gegnum Noreg á snjósleða, með fimm lítra af áfengi
     sem einu vistirnar. Á ferð sinni um ótrúlegt heimskautalandslag virðist Jomar gera allt til þess
     að komast hjá því að ná á áfangastað. Hann hittir aðrar viðkvæmar og villtar sálir sem allar
     leggja sitt af mörkum til að ýta Jomar áfram á mótþróakenndri ferð hans í átt að bjartari hlið
     lífsins.

     Leikstjóri Rune Denstad Langlo
     Handritshöfundar Erlend Loe
     Framleiðandi Sigve Endersen
     Framleiðslufyrirtæki Motlys
     Sala á alþjóðamarkaði Memento Film Sales
     Lengd kvikmyndarinnar 78 Mins




     LEIKSTJÓRI                             HANDRITSHÖFUNDAR                        FRAMLEIÐANDI
     RUNE DENSTAD LANGLO                    ERLEND LOE                              SIGVE ENDRESEN
     Hinn 37 ára gamli leikstjóri er        Erlend Loe hefur verið einn virtasti    Sigve Enderesn hefur starfað við
     fæddur í Þrándheimi og hefur meira     rithöfundur Noregs síðan um             kvikmyndagerð í Noregi síðan 1975.
     en tíu ára reynslu sem leikstjóri      miðjan tíunda áratug síðustu aldar.     Hann leikstýrði fyrstu stuttmynd
     og framleiðandi heimildarmynda.        Fyrsta bók hans Tatt av kvinnen         sinni árið 1978 og stofnaði
     Norður er fyrsta kvikmynd hans         (Tekinn af konunni) kom út árið         framleiðslufyrirtækið Motlys árið
     í fullri lengd. Hann hóf störf hjá     1993 og önnur skáldsaga hans Naive      1983. Fyrirtækið sem nú er rekið
     framleiðslufyrirtækinu Motlys árið     Super (1997) varð feikivinsæl og        af honum ásamt framleiðendunum
     1998 sem aðstoðarmaður framleiðanda    metsölubók um alla Evrópu. Sem          Yngve Sæther og Brede Hovland,
     og rannsóknarmaður fyrir mynd um       handritshöfundur með prófgráðu frá      er eitt fremsta framleiðslufyrirtæki
     Roald Amundsen. Síðan leikstýrði       danska kvikmyndaskólanum hefur          leikinna kvikmynda og
     hann heimldarmyndunum Too              hann skrifað kvikmyndahandrit úr        heimildarmynda í Skandínavíu.
     much Norway (2005), til að minnast     bókum sínum Tekinn af konunni           Endresen hefur leikstýrt fjölmörgum
     aldarafmælis landsins og 99% Honest    fyrir kvikmyndagerðarmanninn Petter     heimildarmyndum sem hlotið
     (2008) um hip hopp hljómsveit. Báðar   Næss og Kurt snýst til hins illa sem    hafa verðlaun og komið á framfæri
     voru þær sýndar í kvikmyndahúsum
     og hlutu lof gagnrýnenda.
                                            leikstjórinn Rasmus A. Sivertsen
                                            gerði að teiknimynd. Hann skrifaði
                                                                                    nokkrum af öflugustu leikstjórum
                                                                                    Noregs, eins og Nils Gaup(Misery
                                                                                                                           “Norska myndin sem tilnefnd er til kvikmyndaverðlauna
                                            einnig handritið að hinni margrómuðu    Harbour) Marius Holst (Dragonflies),    Norðurlandaráðs að þessu sinni er sígild vegamynd þar sem hefðin
                                            Detektor, sem var fyrsta kvikmynd Pål   og Gunnar Vikene (Falling Sky).
                                            Jackman í fullri lengd.                 Hann var einnig meðframleiðandi
                                                                                                                            er brotin upp í allri vinnslu. Myndin fjallar um mann sem á í innri
                                                                                    dönsku myndarinnar Listin að gráta      baráttu og verður jafnframt áhrifavaldur í lífi annarra. Í kvikmyndinni
                                                                                    í kór sem hlaut Kvikmyndaverðlaun
                                                                                    Norðurlandaráðs árið 2007 og sænsku     er teflt saman sjónrænum andstæðum stórbrotins landslags og
                                                                                    myndarinnar Everlasting Moments.        einfaldra sviðsmynda á fáförnum slóðum til að lýsa þeim átökum
                                                                                                                            sem eiga sér stað í huga aðalpersónunnar. Leikur aðalleikarans
                                                                                                                            Anders Baasmo Christiansen er á sinn undirfurðulega hátt afar
                                                                                                                            áhrifamikill, kvikmyndin er einfaldlega frábær og á tíðum mjög
                                                                                                                            skemmtileg.”
                                                                                                                            National Jury, Norway: Le LD Ngyen & Øyvor Dalan Vik


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     IN COMPETITION SWEDEN


     Ljósár
     Ljusår
     Þungamiðja kvikmyndarinnar er sólríkur matjurtagarður. Við götuna vestan megin eru þéttir
     dísarunnar; norðan megin veggur timburhúss; hindberjarunnar girða lóðina af sunnan megin
     og við garðinn austan megin vex ræktarlegur geitatoppur. Þarna eru útihús, hænsnagirðing,
     moltukassi úr múrsteinum og kryddjurtagarður. Risavaxinn rósarunninn stendur við hlið
     gamla eplatrésins og þar er fjöldi fugla allt árið, staðfuglar, farfuglar og gestir. Mikael
     Kristersson kannar mikilvægi lítilla hluta í garðinum sínum í Falsterbo sem er lítið þorp í
     Suður-Svíþjóð, með frábærri myndatöku og hljóðupptöku. Við sjáum raunveruleikann frá
     sjónarhorni smáfugls, vespu og kálfiðrildis og okkur mannfólkið sem eina dýrategund meðal
     margra annarra.

     Leikstjóri Mikael Kristersson
     Handritshöfundar Mikael Kristersson
     Framleiðandi Lisbet Gabrielsson
     Framleiðslufyrirtæki Lisbet Gabrielsson Film AB
     Sala á alþjóðamarkaði Post Scriptum & Media
     Lengd kvikmyndarinnar 104 Mins




     LEIKSTJÓRI                              FRAMLEIÐANDI
     MIKAEL KRISTERSSON                      LISBET GABRIELSSON
     Mikael Kristersson, sem er fæddur       Gabrielsson, fæddist í Växjö
     árið 1947, gerði fyrstu heimildarmynd   árið 1944, stundaði nám í
     sína fyrir sænska sjónvarpið árið       kvikmyndaframleiðslu árið 1969
     1972. Að loknu námi í ljósmyndun        til 1971 við Kvikmynda-, útvarps-,
     og kvikmyndagerð frá Dramatiska         sjónvarps- og leikhúsháskólann
     Institutet árið 1975, gerði hann 35     í Stokkhólmi. Hún starfaði sem
     myndir, aðallega heimildarmyndir.       framleiðandi barnaefnis, teiknimynda,
     Hann leikstýrði Pica Pica fyrstu        stutt- og heimildamynda hjá sænsku
     heimildarmynd sinni í fullri lengd      kvikmyndastofnuninni árin 1975 til
     árið 1987 og þeirri annarri Kestrel’s   1993, síðan sem framkvæmdastjóri
     Eye árið 1998. Báðar hlutu lof          „Greenhouse-new filmmakers” hluta
     gagnrýnenda og var vel tekið á          stofnunarinnar til ársins 1996, en þá                 “Í þriðju heimildarkvikmynd sinni Ljósár lýsir Mikael Kristersson ári
     alþjóðlegum kvikmyndahátíðum.           stofnaði hún framleiðslufyrirtækið
     Ljósár er þriðja heimildarmynd          Lisbet Gabrielsson.                                    í lífi sínu í eigin garði. Með skýrri sýn og ekki síður einstakri heyrn
     Kristersson í fullri lengd.                                                                    endurskapar og endurnýjar hann náttúrukvikmyndina. Á einstakan
                                                                                                    hátt lýsir hann þeim raunveruleika sem umkringir okkur og við
                                                                                                    þekkjum minnst. Hann dregur ekki skörp skil á milli ósnortinnar
                                                                                                    náttúru og menningar. Að gera dýrin mannleg er honum jafn
                                                                                                    framandi og að fjalla á rómantískan hátt um „villta náttúruna”. Í
                                                                                                    Ljósári er fjallað um alla íbúa garðsins á jafnréttisgrundvelli, þar
                                                                                                    til maðurinn stendur ekki lengur upp úr sem miðja alheimsins og
                                                                                                    sjálfskipuð kóróna sköpnarverksins. Sú afstaða á einstaklega vel
                                                                                                    við á Darwinsári sem nú er haldið hátíðlegt.”
                                                                                                    National Jury, Sweden: Eva af Geijerstam & Tony Forsberg


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     Larger Than Life
     by Annica Pham



     One of the most wanted production designers
     on grand scale international movies, Karl ‘Kalli’
     Júlíusson is working on his third Viking movie after
     having created haunting forest sceneries for Lars von
     Trier’s Antichrist.

     For Scandinavia’s top production designer Karl
     Júlíusson, the film adventure started in 1984 in his
     homeland –Iceland- when as a leather manufacturer,
     he was contacted to make boots and costumes for
     the Viking movie When the Raven Flies by Hrafn
     Gunnlaugsson. Twenty five years later, Júlíusson is
     in the middle of prep work for his third Viking epic,
     to be directed by Iceland’s enfant prodige Baltasar
     Kormákur.

     For Júlíusson, Vikingr (working title) is a dream
     project: the opportunity to meet his good old friends
     from his debuts, and to work for the second time
     with Kórmakur (After A Little Trip to Heaven) on a
     Hollywood project. The film is produced by US firm
     26 Films, for $50 to $60 million, a ‘realistic’ budget
     for Júlíusson that will allow him to use his skills, and
     imagination to the full, to recreate in Iceland the
     whole Viking universe with a crew of over 200 men.

     The Scandinavian production designer who worked
     on other US movies (K-19-The Widowmaker, The
     Hurt Locker) praises the Hollywood system that gave
     him the means for his artistic ambition, something
     much harder to secure on the other side of the
     Atlantic.
                                                                “In Europe, producers
                                                                 often think: How cheap
                                                                 can I make this movie?
                                                                 Whereas in the US they
                                                                 think: How spectacular
                                                                 can I make this movie?”
                                                                “They give more respect to production designers and encourage
                                                                us to have a vision because films are bigger in scope.”

                                                                Despite his frustration with financial restrictions on European
                                                                films, Júlíusson is proud to have been -and to be- associated
                                                                with some of Europe’s biggest auteurs, from Lars von Trier
                                                                with whom he has worked on four occasions (including the
                                                                Cannes 2009 competition entry Antichrist which he describes
                                                                as a ‘kammerspiel set in a forest’), to Hans Petter Moland (The
                                                                Beautiful Country) and Nils Gaup (Head Above Water).

                                                                Gaup’s Sami epic The Kautokeino Rebellion gave Júlíusson
                                                                his most recent accolade from the Norwegian film industry: an
                                                                Amanda Award in 2008 for Best Production Design. Together
                                                                with Max Manus, The Kautokeino Rebellion was one of the
                                                                most expensive –and successful- Norwegian films ever, the type
                                                                of ‘larger than life’ project that Julíusson thrives on.
                                                       #1 Anna Asp (Sweden)                        1996. Back then, the young Cambridge        Nelonen (Channel Four Finland),
                                                       Production Designer                         University graduate Thórhannesdóttir        Pirjo Airaksinen has been with the
          #3
                                                                                                   had just entered the Icelandic film         broadcaster almost since its inception a
                                                       “Using colours                              business, as managing director of the
                                                                                                   Reykjavik International Film Festival,
                                                                                                                                               decade ago, and has played a major role
                                                                                                                                               in the group’s fast expansion.
                                                        to underline                               of which Fridriksson was artistic
                                                                                                   director.                                   Her knowledge in finding tailor-made
                                                        drama”                                     She then held various key positions
                                                                                                                                               programmes for different slots stems
                                                                                                                                               from her previous experience in the
                                                       With her strong artistic sense, polished    in the Icelandic film industry before       making of commercial and industrial
                                                       over her career spanning from the late      turning to film production last year        films and TV series for various
                                                       1970s to the present, Sweden’s top set      with Country Wedding, the directorial       independent production companies
                                                       and production designer Anna Asp            debut of world renowned editor Valdis       (Crea Video, Story Film, Video
                                                       has worked with the greatest names in       Oskarsdottir (Eternal Sunshine of the       Design).




      Burni
                                                  #4   Scandinavian –and European- film.           Spotless Mind).                             As Senior VP, content for Nelonen
                                                                                                                                               Media, she oversees the programming
                                                       Collaborator to Ingmar Bergman on           Mamma Gógó will only be                     of the group’s six TV channels, a job




           ng
                                                       his later works (Autumn Sonata, After       Thórhannesdóttir’s second feature           made harsher by the current global
                                                       the Rehearsal, and Fanny & Alexander        film, but producing the Oscar-winning       economic crisis. But Airaksinen is




      Ambi
                                                       for which she won an Oscar) Asp then        Fridriksson has already made her a hot      proud of what she and her team at
                                                       made six major films with Bille August,     item in the European film world.            Nelonen Media have achieved so far
                                                       including the Palme d’or winners Pelle                                                  and will continue to do in the future:




          tions
                                                       the Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren) and                                                     “TV business is team work. Nobody
                                                       The Best Intentions (Den goda viljan).      #3 Nina Refseth (Norway)                    achieves anything on their own,”
                                                       One of her fondest memories was with        Head of the Norwegian Film Institute        she stresses. “We’ve grown from one
                                                       Andrei Tarkovsky on The Sacrifice.
                                                                                                   “Builder of
                                                                                                                                               channel platform to a multimedia
                                                                                                                                               house. In programming, we have
                                                       Mikael Håfström (Evil/Onskan), and                                                      brought something new to Finnish
                                                       more recently Josef Fares (Zozo) also
                                                       trusted her craftsmanship and unique
                                                                                                    a new Film                                 television from very early on and certain
                                                                                                                                               series are now landmark productions. It
                                                       ability to create moods with colours.
                                                       “Colour unconsciously influences our
                                                                                                    Institute”                                 is rewarding to work with talented and
                                                                                                                                               creative people within this industry.”
                                                       senses and using colour is a good way       Nina Refseth is not the only woman in
                                                       to underline the drama in an image,”        the driver’s seat of the biggest national
     #5                                                she says. For Arn the Knight Templar        film organisation in a Nordic country.      #5 Susanne Bier (Denmark)
                                                       and its sequel, bright and joyful colours   The film institutes in Finland, Iceland     Filmmaker
                                                       were used for Arab cloths and flags         and Sweden are all headed by women,
                                                       to contrast with the European coat of
                                                       arms in black and white, and blue and
                                                                                                   and so is the pan-Nordic Nordisk Film
                                                                                                   & TV Fond. But Nina Refseth is the
                                                                                                                                               “A Danish lady
                                                       white where the main colours for the
                                                       crime series Wallander, as she tried to
                                                                                                   newest in the job, and hers has been the
                                                                                                   most challenging of all.
                                                                                                                                                in Hollywood”
                                                       differentiate the safe police world with                                                The Copenhagen born filmmaker
                                                       blue uniforms and cars, from the crime      A year and a half ago, she was recruited    Susanne Bier is a hot item in
                                                       world set in cobblestoned Ystad .           by the Norwegian government to make         Hollywood these days. From
                                                       Asp is currently preparing for a new        sure the Norwegian Film Institute           Dreamworks ‘ Lost in the Fire to
                                                       collaboration with an ‘old’ friend:         (NFI) would safely come to life, from       Universal Pictures’ love triangle project
                                                       Pernille August, on the actress’s feature   the merger of three existing film           Lost for Words, Bier hasn’t lost her
                                                       debut Svinalängorna based on a novel        organisations. Since the date of birth      time in tinsel town where she has been
                                                       by Susanna Alakoski.                        of the new NFI -April 1st 2008-the          working over the last few years.
                                                                                                   building of the new Institute has been      Her international fame came with the
                                                                                                   harder than anticipated, plus the 43        Dogma drama Open Hearts (Elsker
                                                       #2 Gudrun Thorhannesdottir (Iceland)        year old top exec recruited from the        dig for evigt) in 2002, and her two
                                                       Producer (Spellbound Production)            publishing world, has had to learn fast     following Danish hits Brothers and

                                                       “Go Mamma
                                                                                                   the ropes of the film business. Today,      Oscar-nominated After the Wedding
                                                                                                   she is grateful to the people in the        (Efter brylluppet) caught the eyes
                                        #1                                                         industry who have been ‘patient and         of Hollywood film package experts.
                                                        Gogo”                                      open-minded’ with her, and she is
                                                                                                   ready to move on to her new challenges.
                                                                                                                                               She has helped Jim Sheridan direct
                                                                                                                                               Jake Gyllenhall and Toby Maguire in
                                                       Voted Iceland’s 2009 ‘Producer              By 2010, she has to help Norwegian          the US version of Brothers (yet to be
                                                       on the Move’ at this year’s Cannes          films reach a 25% market-share (from        released) and will contribute to Open
                                                       Film Festival, Gudrun Edda                  22.5% in 2008), nurture talents, and        Hearts’ US remix. But Bier has never
                                                       Thórhannesdóttir is reaching a peak         bring more women filmmakers/writers/        stopped being in touch with her Danish
                                                       in her career as her feature project        producers to the forefront. The film        producer Sisse Graum Jørgensen from
                                                       Mamma Gógó by veteran Icelandic             business may be unpredictable, but for      Zentropa, who is currently putting
                                             #2        filmmaker Fridrik Thor Fridriksson is       Refseth, it is full of drive and energy.    together the financial puzzle of her next
                                                       getting nearer to completion.                                                           Danish project: Civilization. The road
                                                                                                                                               to success has been a relatively straight
                                                       The director’s comedy is                    #4 Pirjo Airaksinen (Finland)               journey for the former graduate from
          Nordic Women                                 Thórhannesdóttir’s first feature
                                                       film produced for their company
                                                                                                   Senior VP Content, Nelonen Media            the Danish Film School who has made
                                                                                                                                               her name with character-driven dramas.
          setting the film                             Spellbound Productions. “The film
                                                       has Fridriksson’s typical mix of humor,
                                                                                                   “Team work is                               The pragmatic Bier has always kept her
                                                                                                                                               focus on making interesting human-
          world on fire                                compassion and strong visual style,”
                                                       she says. The 40 year-old Icelander is
                                                                                                    essential”                                 related stories that have naturally hit
                                                                                                                                               a cord with Danish and international
          by Annica Pham                               immensely proud to be working with          Top buyer of programmes for                 audiences.
          Photography by Helene Hasen                  Fridriksson whom she has known since        the Finnish commercial channel

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                                                                                                                                 “Each time I
                                                                                                                                  set out to do
                                                                                                                                  a genre film,
                                                                                                                                  it becomes

     Bloody N                                                                                                                     something
                                                                                                                                  else. I add
             ordic
     by Annica Pham
     Photography by Helene Hasen
                                   Film
                                                                                                                                  other stuff.
                                                                                                                                  So I don’t
                                                                                                                                  know if this
                                                                                                                                  is straight
                                                                                                                                  horror.”
                                                                                                                                   Lars von Trier, Variety



                                          The new heat wave of Nordic chillers       directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield).      Bolso Berdal a Norwegian Amanda
                                          on screens                                                                             Award for Best Actress. Cold Prey 2
                                                                                     Meanwhile, Swedish horror master            was as successful, and a third sequel is
                                          What is Nordic cinema’s biggest            Ajvide Lindqvist has teamed up again        in the making.
                                          export these days, apart from the          with Alfredson on his latest novel,
                                          Millennium phenomenon? Not, the            Människohamn (‘Human Harbor’)               Dead Snow (Død Snø), described by
                                          usual psychological dramas under           and another of his best-sellers, the        filmmaker Tommi Wirkola as a ‘feel-
                                          Ingmar Bergman’s influence, absurd         zombie story Handling the Undead            good-Nazi-zombie-splatter-comedy
                                          comedies dramas, or Dogme hand-            (Hanteringen av odöda), is to be            movie’, was sold worldwide and gave
                                          held movies. Horror and vampire films      filmed by award-winning Kristian            its filmmaker a ticket to Hollywood
                                          from Sweden, Denmark, Finland and          Petri. The latter will first complete the   where he is revisiting the Hansel
                                          Norway are the new flavours of the         psychological horror movie Bad Faith        and Gretel tale for Paramount. The
                                          moment, gathering seals of approval        (Ond tro) based on a script by Magnus       latest slasher movie to hit Norwegian
                                          from the hard-core fans of gore flicks     Dalhström. Delivery date is set for         screens is Detour (Snarveien). The
                                          to sophisticated film critics around the   spring 2010.                                film’s massive launch on July 31 was
                                          globe.                                                                                 supported both by the Norwegian Film
                                                                                     In neighboring Norway, half a dozen         Institute and Ministry of Culture,
                                          Lars von Trier’s Antichrist that           horror/thrillers have made it to the        a proof that the genre is taken dead
                                          electrified Cannes crowds in May           cinemas over the last few years, with       seriously in Norway.
                                          before testing general audiences across    a more regular hit rate for the genre
                                          Europe, is among the latest examples       than in the rest of the Nordic region.      More horror has come out of Finland
                                          of Nordic filmmakers’ new thirst for       In direct line to the American horror       in 2008-2009, with uneven results.
                                          bloody images. A lover of the genre,       sequels of the 1980s, the Norwegian         The English language Dark Floors
                                          von Trier had already dipped his           offers have added their own dark            with Eurovision winning creepy group
                                          camera into supernatural horror with       humor while maintaining an overall          Lordi in the cast, failed to enthuse
                                          his1994 television series The Kingdom      high quality level.                         crowds, but AJ Annila’s gothic tale
                                          (Riget) and turned towards stylised                                                    Sauna won several international
                                          gore with Antichrist. “I don’t know        The first film to kick start the slasher    awards and was picked up for foreign
                                          if it is straight horror,” confessed the   trend was Dark Woods (Villmark)             distribution.
                                          Danish bad boy director who made a         in 2003 directed by Pål Øie. The
                                          very personal reinterpretation of the      film was recently voted the ‘scariest       Last but not least, in Iceland where
                                          genre.                                     Norwegian movie ever’ and positioned        only a handful of movies are produced
                                                                                     Øie as Norway’s top director in the         each year, two horror/thrillers set
                                          Just before him, another auteur            genre. “The film opened up the              in fishing vessels, will hit local
                                          filmmaker, the Swedish Tomas               eyes of Norwegian producers to the          screens in 2009-2010: Árni Ólafur
                                          Alfredson had also reinvented horror       genre who saw the possibility to            Ásgeirsson’s Undercurrent (Brim)
                                          with the vampire movie Let the             make low budget films for a larger          and Julius Kemp’s Reykjabik Whale
                                          Right One In. A novice to the genre,       audience,” commented Ivar Køhn,             Watch Massacre. The Texas Chain
                                          Alfredson was taken by John Ajvide         Head of Production for the Norwegian        Saw Massacre star, ‘Leatherface’
                                          Lindqvist’s successful eponymous           Film Institute. Other low budget            Gunnar Hansen will play the captain
                                          novel and transferred to the silver        Norwegian slasher movies followed:          of the whale watching boat. “He is an
                                          screen the vampire essay with an           Manhunt (Rovdyr) (2008), and                Icelander and this time, he is playing
                                          existential twist and social background.   Hidden (Skjult), Øie’s second horror        a good guy and has no mask” stressed
                                          The film has turned into a cult movie      flick released last April. Set in the       Kemp.
                                          in the international film world, and       snowy Norwegian mountains, Cold
                                          was Sweden’s biggest export of 2008.
                                          Right On In’s producer John Nordling
                                                                                     Prey (Fritt Vilt) reached new heights
                                                                                     with Norwegian cinema audiences             Even creepier!
                                          is now working on a US version to be       (270,000 admissions) and gave Ingrid

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                                                                                                                                           Faces To Watch O
     #1 Cyron Melville (Denmark)                  The same year, he was offered his           impudent, Maristo conveyed the
                                                  most challenging feature role in Gudný      complexity of her character and gave
     “With his photogenic looks and               Halldórsdóttir’s The Quiet Storm            a subtle portrait of a young girl’s




                                                                                                                                                                            #1
     imposing physical presence, he has a         (Veðramót) for which he won an              awakening to a new world, in her first
     candid look that engages an audience         Icelandic Oscar, an ‘EDDA’ as Best          leading role on screen. Working for
     immediately, and his evident versatility     Supporting Actor.                           the second time under the guidance
     will ensure his stature as an actor in the                                               of Karukoski (after the 2008 Nordic
     years ahead.” This comment was made          In 2008, Ragnarsson widened his             Council Film Prize nominated film
     by a jury of European film professionals     experience with two Icelandic feature       Home for the Dark Butterflies) was
     who elected him and nine other young         films co-produced with Europe:              crucial for the 24 year old actress for
     European talents as the ‘Shooting Stars      Solveig Anspach’s comedy drama              whom trusting and understanding
     2009’.                                       Back Soon (Skrapp út), and Óskar            the filmmaker’s point of view is
                                                  Jónasson’s Rotterdam-Reykjavik. This        quintessential.
     Half Danish and half Scottish, Cyron         year, Ragnarsson has signed on for the      Before her collaboration with
     Melville, was bitten by the acting bug       third season of Ragnar Bragason’s TV        Karukoski, Maristo had small parts
     through his father, Johnny Melville.         series The Prisonshift and will start       in two Petri Kotwica award-winning
     At the age of 10, he had his first major     shooting this summer the feature film       films, Homesick (2005) and Black
     film role in Carsten Rudolf’s The Beast      Bjarnfreðarson based on the three main      Ice (2007). She is now back on stage,
     within (Menneskedyret). He became a          characters of the TV series.                where she first set foot at primary




                                                                                                                                                                            #5
     household name in Denmark playing                                                        school, continuing to polish her acting
     in the Emmy-awards nominated TV                                                          skills.
     series, The Killing (Forbrydelsen).          #3 Agnes Kittelsen (Norway)
     Since then, he has had several chances
     to play leading roles for instance in        For the 1.2 million Norwegians who          #5 Malin Crepin (Sweden)
     Triple Dare (Supervoksen) by Christina       saw the local blockbuster Max Manus
     Rosendahl and Life Hits (Råzone) by          this year, Agnes Kittelsen is ‘Tikken’      Quote from the jury of the Stockholm
     Christian E. Christiansen. For his part      Lindebraekke, the love interest of the      International Film Festival and L’Oreal
     as Emil in Natasha Arty’s karate film        WWII resistance fighter Max Manus           Paris about Malin Crépin: “She is a
     Fighter, he was nominated as Best            (Aksel Hennie). Never before had she        young talent and has with great courage
     Supporting Actor by the Danish Film          played in a movie, but Max Manus will       tackled challenging parts that touch
     Critics.                                     hopefully be the first of many screen       the audience. She has all the glow and
                                                  adventures for the 29 year-old actress      commitment of a Rising Star.”




                                                                                                                                                                            #2
     Two of his latest feature films were         born in Kristiansand.
     released in Danish cinemas in 2009:                                                      The first recipient last year of the New
     the family adventure film Curse of the       Acting is her passion since she was 16.     Rising Star Award from Stockholm
     Viking Witch (Vølvens forbandelse),          As soon as she finished ‘gymnasiat’         International Film Festival and
     and most recently, Love & Rage               (sixth form) in 2000, she enrolled at the   L’Oreal Paris, Malin Crépin has had
     (Vanvittig forelsket) by Morten Giese        Oslo National Academy of Arts. Three        an ideal acting coach and mentor in
     in which he plays Daniel, a young            years later, she was out on the world       Sweden’s most renowned contemporary
     promising pianist who falls in love with     stage. She spent two years at Bergen’s      playwright Lars Nóren with whom
     a girl and becomes extremely jealous.        Nationale Scene, and moved to Oslo’s        she collaborated on three plays, after
     “Daniel’s sensitive but sometimes            National Theatre in 2007, her home          graduating from Malmö Theatre
     aggressive behavior was a great mix          since.                                      Academy: Terminal, Lille Eyolf and
     and a challenging role to play, “says the                                                A la mémoire d’Anna Politkovskaia.
     young actor.”                                For television, she had parts in NRK        For the latter play, staged in Brussels,
                                                  dramas The School (Skolen) and Dahl         Paris and in Sweden, Crépin was the




                                                                                                                                                           ut For
                                                                                                                                                                            #4
                                                  Brothers and the Mystery and Honey          only Swedish actress in an all French/
     #2 Jörundur Ragnarsson (Iceland)             Trap (Brødrene Dal mysteriet med Karl       Belgian ensemble cast. She learnt
                                                  XII gamasjer).                              to speak French to play a Russian
     A familiar face for Icelandic TV viewers                                                 prostitute fighting for survival, the kind
     who have followed his character Daniel       Playing ‘Tikken’ Lindebraekke was a         of challenge that drives the 31 year-old
     over the last two years in the Channel       memorable experience for Kittelsen,         actress.
     2 TV series Nightshift (Næturvaktin)         who feels drawn to strong personalities.
     and Dayshift (Dagvaktin) Jörundur            “Tikken was a modern woman who              It was right after A la mémoire
     Ragnarsson is gradually making his           molded her own happiness out of             d’Anna Politkovskaia in 2008 that
     mark in film as well.                        specific choices. She was a very strong     she was offered her first major part
                                                  and inspiring woman”. Until the next        in a feature film: In Your Veins (I
     He had his first trial as an actor at        screen opportunity, she’s back on           skuggan av värmen) based on Lotta
     the University of Iceland where, as          stage for an Autumn Sonata at Oslo’s        Thell’s eponymous autobiographical
     a student in political science, he was       National Theatre.                           novel about drug addiction. Another




                                                                                                                                                                            #3
     offered a chance to join the Student                                                     challenge for Crépin who eagerly
     Theatre. He then enrolled at the                                                         grabbed it. “After A la mémoire.., I was
     Iceland Academy of Arts. “After that,        #4 Marjut Maristo (Finland)                 in the right landscape, so to speak. It
     there was no turning back!” he recalls.                                                  was a brutal and physical play so I was
     Right after graduating in 2006, he was       In Dome Karukoski’s Forbidden Fruit         already raw and primitive,” she recalls.
     hired to take part in the successful TV
     series Nightshift playing one of the
                                                  (Kielletty Hedelmä), this year’s second
                                                  most successful local film in Finland,
                                                                                              In Your Veins premiered in Sweden
                                                                                              last March and is running its course.          New
     three nightshift employees of a gas
     station in Reykjavik. “What attracted
                                                  Marjut Maristo was the angelic face
                                                  of Raakel, the 18 year-old girl brought
                                                                                              As for Crépin, Norén and his universe
                                                                                              is waiting for her. She is looking             Nordic
                                                                                                                                             Talent on
     me to the project was the fact that the      up in a Christian fundamentalist            forward to another challenging part, an
     producers asked me to co-write the           community whose senses and beliefs are      opportunity to introduce the audience
     series with the two other leading actors,    put to test during a summer holiday.        to people –and characters- that they
     the director and another actor,” stresses
     Jörundur.
                                                  Soft yet determined, shy then
                                                  progressively self-assured and almost
                                                                                              have never seen before or chosen not
                                                                                              to see.
                                                                                                                                             the rise
                                                                                                                                              by Annica Pham
                                                                                                                                              Photography by Helene Hasen

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     by Karolina Lidin
     Photography by Helene Hasen



      Doc-ville:
      from the
      tiniest gem
      to a sparkling
      masterpiece.

     “What defines Nordic                      tradition and high regard for artistic,   I hope these two documentary Films
     documentaries?” is a question I           personal accounts of the world in         (yes, with a capital F!) will have
     have often been asked throughout          which we live. Films that speak not       you come back begging for more.
     the years, and I am almost always at      only to our mind, but also to our         And more there certainly is! Stay
     a loss for a quick answer. Because        heart and soul. Still going strong        tuned in 2009 for BANANAS*,
     how do you describe your whole            are the Masters: Pirjo Honkasalo,         VIDEOCRACY, INTO
     family in a few words? There is the       Jørgen Leth, Stefan Jarl, Fridrik         ETERNITY, ITO – A DIARY OF
     philosophical cousin, the opinionated     Thor Fridriksson and Margret Olin,        A CITY PRIEST, LIVINGROOM
     grandmother, the crazy uncle, the         just to name a few – meticulously         OF THE NATION, SUNSHINE
     freewheeling son – and how about          and resolutely they continue to           BOY, NEMESIS, RESTLESS
                                                                                                                                  Partners
     the unpredictable niece? Among            explore human nature and build            IN PARADISE, COMPLAINTS
     ourselves we spot a lot of differences.   their oeuvre. But they are constantly     CHOIR and many many more.
     But let’s face it, we are all related.    being challenged by the Young Blood
                                               flowing in – fearlessly on the look-      For every new film our Nordic
     The two documentaries nominated for       out for new paths, new horizons,          documentary family grows in new
     this year’s Nordic Council Film Prize     redefining what documentary               directions – and it certainly won’t
     are case in point. How to compare         filmmaking is all about.                  be any easier in the future to find                                                  Nordic Council
     Swedish “Light Year” – a low-key                                                    a short and simple answer to what
     cinematic celebration of our own          So it is hardly surprising that two of    Nordic documentary is all about. “It
     backyard - with “The Amazing Truth        this year’s five films nominated for      takes all sorts” as the Americans say,
     of Queen Raquela” – a Philippine          the Nordic Council Film Prize are         and so it is in our Nordic treasure
     transsexual Cinderella story? These       documentaries, and they will certainly    trove of the true. Here you can find
     two films each mark a boundary            not be the last. This year we honor the   anything from the tiniest gem to the
     of sorts – and between themselves         passionate Swedish veteran, Mikael        sparkling masterpiece. But what ever
     embrace the multitude of subjects,        Kristofersson, who generously invites     their size, shape or form, you can be
     styles, voices and perspectives that      us into his personal sanctuary, and the   sure that they all have in common a
     Nordic documentary filmmaking is all      maverick Icelandic daredevil, Olaf de     strong commitment to the power of
     about.                                    Fleur, who unabashedly pushes the         documentary cinema to make us see
                                               boundaries of traditional documentary     Life anew – again and again and again.
     What we do have in common is              content and form.                                                                  Visit      www.nordiccouncilfilmprize.com
     a strong cinematic documentary                                                      Explore!                                            www.nordiskfilmogtvfond.com


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