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  • Unconscious (Inconscientes)


  • 2004: Danes strike a serious tone


    The Danes struck a more serious tone in front of the camerain 2004, moving away from the tried-and-tested formula of contemporary familydrama with a touch of tragedy but plenty of heart and humour.
  • SWEDEN 21 December


  • Cultural minorities split the Nordic markets


    While minorities have longbeen a part of the daily lives in the Nordic region, they have had a hard timemaking an impression on the big screen.
  • Refn's Pusher II dominates Danish Oscar nods


    Nicolas Winding Refn's drama PusherII (With Blood on my Hands - Pusher II) bagged the most nominations forthe Danish Film Academy's ROBERT awards with 12 nods including best film,director, script and actor Mads Mikkelsen.
  • SWEDEN 13 December


  • Mandeville, Fuse to remake Danish comedy for Disney


    David Hoberman's Mandeville Films has joined MikkelBondesen's Fuse Entertainment in remaking the Danish romantic comedy OhHappy Day.
  • DENMARK 7 December


  • SWEDEN 7 December


    Having OliverStone in town to promote Alexander didn't give the epic enough leverageto stay on top of the Swedish box-office chart, and it dropped heavily to thirdbehind Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason and The Incredibles.The romanticcomedy retained a solid $4,832 screen average from its high 80 ...
  • The Oyster Farmer


    Dir/scr: Anna Reeves. Aust-UK. 2004. 91minsAustralian newcomer Anna Reeves does little to changethe image of her countrymen or local cliches with Oyster Farmer, servingup the typical Aussie quirky characters, black humour, beer and sex in equalmeasure.
  • SWEDEN 2 December


  • Norwegian-Pakistani Goodfellas gets greenlight


    With a substantial $1.2m (NOK 7.5m) backing, the NorwegianFilm Fund has put the first Norwegian-Pakistani action movie on the fast trackfor veteran producer John M. Jacobsen's Filmkameratene.
  • Silver City


  • Silver City


  • DENMARK 23 November


    The Incredibles only had one weekat the top of the Danish box-office before BridgetJones: The Edge Of Reason came and out grossed it with its DKK 2.58mopening from 65 prints - Working Title's biggest and Universal's third biggestever opening behind Van Helsing and Jurassic Park: The Lost World.
  • Cold Light dominates Icelandic Oscars


    Iceland's official Oscar candidate, Hilmar Oddsson's ColdLight, swept the country's film awards, the EDDA, on Sunday night inReykjavik.
  • TLA Releasing acquires NonStop's UNO


  • FINLAND 18 November


    Like thepopular preview screenings of TheIncredibles indicated on the chart last week, the Finns were ready towelcome the superfamily to the top of the box-office, where it grossed a strongEuro 216,922 over the weekend.It had aEuro 3,740 screen average from its 58 prints, and did not leave much room forthe week's ...
  • Nordic Council to award annual film prize


    Two years afterawarding a film prize for the first time at its 50th anniversary gala, theNordic Council has decided to make the Nordic Film Prize an annual event.
  • Day And Night disqualified from Swedish awards


    Danish writer-director Simon Staho's Swedish-languagearthouse hit Day And Night has hit a serious snag on its way to Sweden'snational film awards.
  • DENMARK 16 November


  • DENMARK 16 November


  • Norwegian Milk wins Kinderfilmfest nod


    Torun Lian's Norwegian family film The Colour OfMilk, which was named best Nordicchildren's film at last week's Nordic Film Days Festival in Lubeck,is the first film to be selected for the Berlin Film Festival'sKinderfilmfest in 2005.
  • Darwin's Nightmare, Melancholia win at CPH:DOX


    The second edition of Copenhagen's international documentaryfilm festival CPH:DOX wrapped on Saturday night when it split its Euro 5,000main prize between Hubert Sauper's Austrian Darwin's Nightmare and PirjoHonkasalo's Finnish Three Rooms of Melancholia.
  • SWEDEN 9 November


  • CPH:DOX unveils ambitious 2nd edition


    The second editionof Copenhagen's international documentary film festival CPH:DOX, runs in theDanish capital from Nov 5-14, with higher expectations and a greater number offilms after last year's success which recorded 11,700 admissions.
  • Red Dust


  • DENMARK 2 November


    With itshigh 77 prints Sharks (Inkasso)stayed on top of the Danish box-office chart with the 60 prints of Kings' Game a close second.The newrelease of Michael Mann's Collateralcame in third with a better box-office screen average (DKK32,129) from its 40prints.
  • SWEDEN 2 November


  • NORWAY 28 October


  • DENMARK 25 October


  • FINLAND 22 October


  • NORWAY 21 October


  • Von Trier turns to Antichrist


    Danish maverick Lars von Trier might be in the middle of editing his Dogville follow-up, Manderlay, but he has promised producer and Zentropa co-founder Peter Aalbaek Jensen that he will make a more commercial film before turning to the final instalment in the USA trilogy, Wasington.
  • DENMARK 19 October


  • SWEDEN 18 October


  • NORWAY 13 October


  • SWEDEN 13 October


  • Oscar winning short film director to shoot Ambulance


    Oscarwinning short film director Laurits Munch-Petersen is ready to shoot hisfeature debut, Ambulance, after winning $900,000 (DKK5.5m)backing from the Danish Film Institute.Thethriller shoots from late October based on a script by the Danish writer-directorand Lars Andreas Petersen. It stars Thomas Bo Larsen (Festen), PawHenriksen (Brothers) and Helle Fagralid (Kings' Game).Itsees two brothers ...
  • Brides (Nyfes)


  • DENMARK 12 October


  • Multicultural Import-Export takes off in Norway


    More than a year after receiving $1m (NOK7.3m) in productionsupport from the Norwegian Film Fund, Pakistani-Norwegian filmmaker KhalidHussain has finally got his new film Import-Export off the ground with $330,000 from Eurimages.
  • Danish Film Institute names Ramskov as production chief


  • SWEDEN 5 October


    Though As In Heaven, which is now Sweden'sofficial Oscar candidate, stayed securely at the top of the local chart havinggrossed $4.3m and retaining the best screen average of $5,347 from its 103prints, this week's most impressive performance was by another local film.Afteropening ...
  • DENMARK 4 October


  • Nordic filmmakers still speaking English


    Recent years' lackof international and domestic success for Nordic films shot in English, haven'tdeterred filmmakers across the region from trying. Although Norwegianproduction outfit, Dinamo Story, dismantled its feature film department aftermaking Hans Petter Moland's A BeautifulCountry earlier this year, the film's two local producers, Petter Borgliand Thomas Backstroem, are going ahead with Liv Ullmann's English-languageadaptation of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll'sHouse.
  • Hawaii, Oslo named as Oscar candidate by Norway


    The Norwegian Oscarcommittee has chosen Erik Poppe's Hawaii, Oslo as the country's official candidate for the Oscars'best foreign language film category.
  • Thriller pair win Danish funding


    The Danish Film Institute has shelled out $2.2m (DKK13.1m)in production support for two new local thrillers that begin shooting inOctober.
  • DENMARK 28 September


    The new release of TheVillage did manage to scare up this week's best screen average ofDKK40,307, but was unable to topple Shrek2 from the top spot, which it has held for four weeks. Susanne Bier's Brothers, which took home both the bestactor and actress award from San Sebastian this weekend, actually had moreadmissions, but a lower average and dropped 16.8% to third in its fifth week.
  • Pollack's Heaven named as Swedish Oscar contender


    Swedishwriter-director Kay Pollak's Saa Som I Himmelen (literally: As InHeaven), has been selected as Sweden's official candidate for the 2004 bestforeign language Oscar.The filmis riding high in the local box-office chart at the moment having attractedsome 350,000 admissions and has grossed $3.3m after ...
  • SWEDEN 28 September




    In its third weekKay Pollak's local romantic drama Saa Som I Himmelen managed tooutperform Shrek 2 as it moved into the top spot with a strong $6,673screen average on its high 100 prints.In second place Shrek2 had just half that on its 159 prints, while the new release of TheBourne Supremacy ...
  • Finland submits Producing Adults as 2004 Oscar entry


    Aleksi Salmenpera'sfeature directing debut Producing Adults was been selected as the official Finnish submission forthe 2004 foreign language film Oscar.
  • Hotel Rwanda


    Dir: Terry George. 2004.S Afr-UK-It. 122mins.
  • NORWAY 16 September


    Thehighly anticipated release of actor Aksel Hennie's directing debut UNO lived up to its expectations thisweekend, where it took the top spot with a impressive NOK77,07 average on its37 prints. The film had highly favorable reviews and screened at the filmfestival in Toronto this week. Hennie also plays the lead as a young mantrapped between his love for ...
  • SWEDEN 16 September


    It was anunusually uneventful weekend at the Swedish box-office this weekend as all thefilms on the top six kept their position. That meant Kay Pollak's Saa Som IHimmelen stayed second after Shrek 2, but it actually improved its alreadysolid run taking a this weekend's best screen average of $5,496 from 88 prints.Eternal ...
  • DENMARK 15 September


  • NORWAY 9 September


    BuenaVista saw its animated Home On The Rangedebut as number one in the Norwegian charts. This week's biggest disappointmentwas, however, the new release of newcomer Annette Sjursen's drama comedy My Jealous Barber, which took justNOK10,032 from its 31 prints. It is produced by Kaare Storemyr and Dag Alveberg(Elling) and star Gard Eidsvold, Bjoern ...
  • Danish broadcaster TV3 backs first ever feature


    MTG owned Nordic broadcaster TV3 has backed its first everfeature film, the romantic comedy Nynne, which starts shooting inCopenhagen from Oct 18.
  • DENMARK 7 September


  • SWEDEN 7 September


  • NORWAY 2 September


    Therelease of three big American films was more than the Norwegian musical This Is The Song You Need (Alt For Egil)could withstand, dropping 44% to fourth behind The Village, Garfield and Fahrenheit9/11.The newlocal release of Torun Lian's The Color OfMilk, ...
  • DENMARK 1 September


    Thoughlocal critics were praising Brothers,the new film from the multiple-award winning filmmaker Susanne Bier, as herbest so far, audiences seemed to have been slightly distracted by thisweekend's many other offerings. It did oust I,Robot from the top spot with its solid if unimpressive DKK23,223 from 60prints, but Fahrenheit 9/11 on fifthalmost matched it with DKK22,877 ...
  • FINLAND 1 September


    VeikkoAaltonen's first fiction film since 1999's KissMe In The Rain, Trench Road (Juoksuhaudantie), opened in fourth with asolid Euros 3,955 screen average on its 35 prints. The film is based on anaward-winning book by local author Kari Hotakainen, and follows an obsessedman, who goes to extremes in order to get his family back and to fulfill hisdream of having his own house. Though the ...
  • NORWAY 1 September


    Therelease of three big American films was more than the Norwegian musical This Is The Song You Need (Alt For Egil)could withstand, dropping 44% to fourth behind The Village, Garfield and Fahrenheit9/11.The newlocal release of Torun Lian's The Color OfMilk, ...
  • Denmark selects Obstructions as Oscar choice


    Lars von Trier and Joergen Leth's provocative andplayful experimental documentary The Five Obstructions has been selected as Denmark's official Oscarcandidate for best foreign language film category.
  • Local features generate buzz as Haugesund wraps


    The Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund endedits 32nd edition with two awards nights in a row on. On Thursday(August 26) it held the festival prizes, and on Friday (August 27) night dishedout the Norwegian film and TV awards, the Amandas.
  • Russian Granny wins top Copenhagen prize


    Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami and Hungarian newcomerNimrod Antal might have taken most of the applause at the closing ceremony forthe second Copenhagen International Film Festival, but it was LidijaBobrova's Russian feature debut The Granny which scooped most of the awards.
  • DENMARK 25 August


    The Danish box-office, which has been hungry for new strongreleases, saw I, Robot easily takeover the top spot from Garfield witha strong DKK43,196 screen average on its 67 prints. The film, which was thefirst ever also to be screened digitally by major Nordisk Film, met nochallenge from this week's other new releases, but Fahrenheit 9/11 almost matched its screen average (DKK40,014) andmoved up to third place in its third week.
  • SWEDEN 25 August


    A slew of new films hit the Swedish box-office this week,where the high 79 print roll out of the animated Garfield took over the top spot from I, Robot. Despite a solid $4,967 screen average, more than doubleup compared to both I, Robot's $2,316and King Arthur's $1,692, the newrelease of Eternal Sunshine Of TheSpotless Mind proved a much bigger draw on its 10 prints with an impressive$7,618 screen average.
  • Danish veteran returns to Judge


    Danish film veteranGert Fredholm, who returned to feature filmmaking after a 20 year hiatus with One Hand Clapping in 2001, is to shoothis new film Dommeren (literally TheJudge).
  • DENMARK 17 August


  • SWEDEN 17 August


  • NORWAY 13 August


    WillSmith easily snatched the Norwegian box-office crown from King Arthur this weekend as I,Robot raced into the top with a solid NOK 38,389 screen average on 63prints.New localrelease Clorox, Ammonia And Coffeefrom Mona J. Hoel (Cabin Fever) hadmixed reviews calling it both unusual and highly ...
  • Nordisk goes digital


    When Ole Olsen opened Biografteatret in Copenhagen in 1905,he laid the foundation for the oldest film company in the world, Nordisk Film,which now, 100 years later, is moving into the digital age.
  • Denmark's Fly prepares for Manslaughter


    Danish filmmaker Per Fly, who swept the national filmawards with his first two films The Benchand The Inheritance, is getting readyto shoot Manslaughter, the thirdinstallment in his trilogy about the social classes in Denmark.
  • SWEDEN 9 August


  • New production company launches in Finland


    Finland's biggest film and video distributor, FS Film Oy, has set up a newproduction outfit, Juonifilmi Oy, with 33-year old producer Jarkko Hentula (Pearls And Pigs).
  • FINLAND 3 August


    Addingone print in its second week, the new hit from producer Markus Selin anddirector Aleksi Makela, private eye thriller Vares, actually grossed 35%more this weekend taking Euros 204,298 compared to last week's Euros 151,496,and improved its screen average from Euros 3,787 to Euros 4,983.In itsopening week last ...
  • Copenhagen unveils competition line-up


    The second instalment of the Copenhagen International FilmFestival (Aug 19-29) has announced its competition programme - one that lookslike an improvement from last year and showcases more first time filmmakers.
  • SWEDEN 28 July


    The newrelease of Jerry Bruckheimer's KingArthur, which stars Hollywood's favorite Swede Stellan Skarsgaard as thevillain, easily cut into the top spot on the Swedish chart this weekend. With astrong $6,643 screen average on its 95 prints, Arthur dethroned Spider-Man 2 after three weeks at the top.Meanwhilelocal ...
  • DENMARK 27 July


    Despitean unimpressive DKK17,704 screen average in its third week on release, Spider-Man 2's 84 prints kept it infront of the new comic book hero, Hellboy.The latter scared up a DKK18,630 average for its 40 prints, considerably betterthan Raising Helen's DKK13,878, and Godsend's DKK18,298 but not Elephant's ...
  • FINLAND 21 July


    Thealluring Stepford Wives had little chance of toppling Spider-Man 2from the top of the Finnish chart with an print release compared to the webbedhero's 60 prints.Notmuch else changed in the weekend, which saw films on release gross a total ofEuros231,254 - almost exactly the same as last year's Euros ...
  • NORWAY 21 July


    Despitethree new releases this week, Spider-Man 2 and Harry Potter And ThePrisoner Of Azkaban continued to rule supreme over the Norwegianbox-office. Spider-Man 2 took a solid NOK37.316 screen average on itshigh 84 prints despite dropping 52% since last weekend. That was, however,beaten by the fastfood-bashing feature documentary Supersize Me, whichon its just five ...
  • SWEDEN 14 July


  • DENMARK 13 July


  • Children's Story captivates Karlovy Vary


    Andrea Frazzi and Antonio Frazzi's AChildren's Story (Certi Bambini) wonthe top prize, the Crystal Globe, on Saturday night (July 10) at the 39thedition of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.
  • Karlovy Vary maintains its youth appeal


    With both the wet Czech summer and loss of the nationalfootball team playing in the Euro 2004, the 39th edition of the Karlovy VaryFilm Festival got off to a good start on July 2, as audiences could commit tothe films without distraction.
  • Buddy, Beautiful Country lead Amanda nods


    Two local films have dominated the nominations for the 20thNorwegian film and TV awards, the Amandas, which will be handed out during theHaugesund Film Festival on Aug 27.
  • Czechs launch new documentary market


    The Czech International Documentary Film Festival inJihlava is to launch the first ever market for Eastern and Central Europeandocumentaries, it was announced during this week's Karlovy Vary Film Festival.Called East Silver, the launch comes as documentaries arereaching new heights of popularity, particularly in the theatrical market.Acollaboration with the Institute ...
  • Copenhagen festival names Szabo as jury chief


    Acclaimed Hungarian director Istvan Szabo will be presidingover the competition jury at the second Copenhagen International Film Festival,which unfolds in the Danish capital between Aug 19-29.
  • Nordic Film & TV Fund secures backing till 2009


    Thefuture of the 14 year-old Nordic Film & TV Fund has been secured by a newagreement between the Nordic ministers of culture. The deal, which was signedin Reykjavik last week, runs until the end of 2009.
  • NORWAY 24 June


    In Harry Potter's second week ruling overthe Norwegian chart, it remained untouchable by any of the four new releases.JohnnyDepp-starrer Secret Window fared bestmaking it into fourth, but its just 16 prints, which averaged NOK27,666, wereno match for The Day After Tomorrowand ...
  • SWEDEN 24 June


    Thenational football team didn't completely prevent Swedes from attending thethird Harry Potter film, which easilystayed on top of the chart with a $5,346 screen average on its massive 163prints.With theschool holidays beginning Scooby-Doo 2made a comeback to the top 10 after 13 weeks on release by moving ...
  • Danish film-makers win multi-million backing


    The Danish Film Institute has confirmed backing for sevennew Danish features, several of which are already in post-production.
  • Moland's Teacher set for November start


    Acclaimed Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland'sadaptation of Teacher Pedersen (Gymnaslaerer Pedersen) has set a Nov1 start date, following a substantial$1.5m (NOK10,1m) award from the Norwegian Film Fund.
  • Boe on fast track to shoot Allegro


    Christoffer Boe, theacclaimed young Danish writer-director whose feature debut Reconstruction haswon a number of international awards, has been put on the fast track to shoothis new film Allegro this autumn with $1.2m (DKK7.3m) from the Danish Film Institute.
  • SF Film moves toward Danish production


    The Danish arm of Nordic major Svensk Filmindustri, SF Film,has taken the first step towards its long-held ambition of developing its ownprojects by acquiring the film rights to two novels, newcomer Sara Blaedel'scrime story Green Dust and Per HelgeSoerensen's satirical Spin.
  • Karlovy Vary unveils European focused competition


    The 39th edition of theCzech Republic's Karlovy Vary Film Festival (July2-10) has lined up animpressive number of new European titles for its competition programme with astrong presence from Eastern Europe plus titles from India, Japan and Iran.
  • Hafstrom's Derailed lined up for London, NY shoot


    Derailed, the English-language debut from the Oscar-nominatedSwede Mikael Hafstrom, is being lined up to shoot in London and New York City,the director told Screendaily.
  • FINLAND 15 June


  • Kaufman to bring Sunshine to Karlovy Vary


    The39th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July2-10) hasattracted a number of celebrity guests to this year's event.
  • DENMARK 8 June


  • FINLAND 8 June


  • SWEDEN 8 June


  • Von Trier pulls out of Wagner opera project


    Despite already spending more than two years onpreparations, Danish director Lars von Trier has decided to pull out of theopera production of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Bayreuth Opera Festival inSouthern Germany.
  • Shanghai fest selects sixteen for international competition


    Sixteen features have been lined up to compete for the ShanghaiInternational Film Festival's (June 5-13) main international competition.
  • DENMARK 3 June


  • Danish film institute loses production chief


    Lars Feilberg hasdecided to step down as head of production and development at the Danish FilmInstitute from Aug 1, despite recently getting his position prolonged by threeyears.
  • FINLAND 1 June


    RolandEmmerich's ecological disaster extravaganza, The Day After Tomorrow, easily blew away the other action flicks, Troy, Van Helsing and Kill Bill Vol.2, off the top of theFinnish chart with its impressive Euros 6,199 screen average on its 52 prints.Troy ...
  • Nordic newcomers emerge - against the odds


    Although producers throughout the Nordic region are stillstruggling with their various unresolved issues of government funding, thereseems to be no shortage of new talent -or producers willing to back their feature debuts.
  • FINLAND 26 May


    The trioof action extravaganzas, Troy, VanHelsing and Kill Bill Vol.2, wereuntouchable at the top of the Finnish chart despite far from impressive screenaverages, but it meant that this week's three newcomers, Jersey Girl, The Butterfly Effect and Honey, only managed to reach fourth to sixth with equallydisappointing screen averages.The ...
  • DENMARK 25 May


  • SWEDEN 25 May


  • Dagur Kari directs Grown Up People


    Icelandic filmmakerDagur Kari, who charmed audiences and critics alike with his unusualmultiple-award winning debut Noi Albinoi,started shooting his new film Grown UpPeople (Voksne Mennesker) this week in Copenhagen.
  • Carlsen ready to Jump again


    Danishfilmmaking veteran Henning Carlsen gets back behind the camera on May 28 whenhe starts shooting his new film Spinget(literally: The Jump), his first film since 1998.
  • Kormakur embarks on A Little Trip To Heaven


    Forest Whitakerand Norway's Maria Bonnevie are heading the cast of Baltasar Kormakur's hotEnglish-language debut A Little Trip ToHeaven, which has become the biggest Icelandic film ever with its $8.5mbudget.
  • DENMARK 18 May


  • FINLAND 18 May


  • Finland's MRP joins Russian Legion


  • Dear Wendy goes to Japan


    After a two day bidding war,Thomas Vinterberg's Dear Wendy hasbeen sold to Wise Policy of Japan by Denmark's Trust Film SalesWritten by Lars VonTrier, it is a contemporaryEnglish-language film set in the US about a group of young pacifists who becomeobsessed with guns. It is currently in post-production.
  • Homeboy Hennie heads for Haugesund opening


  • NORWAY 11 May


    StephenSommers' summer blockbuster had no problem scaring up the top of the Norwegianchart with its high 62 prints, but for an opening film its NOK29,929 screenaverage wasn't all that impressive. While the newcomer pushed most other titlesdown one place, Scooby Doo 2 actually moved up to fifth, while lastweek's new release Taking Lives plummeted to eight.Two ...
  • Kitchen Stories follow up wins Norwegian backing


  • DENMARK 4 May


    As noneof the new releases at the Danish box-office chart really impressed on theiropening weekend, Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol.2 stayed on top ofthe chart despite dropping 40%. Starsky & Hutch, which opened muchbetter in the neighboring Nordic countries, was a close competitor for the topspot, but its screen average was just DKK24,738 on its 35 prints.
  • SWEDEN 4 May


    Nothingmuch happened at the Swedish chart this week, as positions one through fiveremained unchanged with Kill Bill Vol.2 as a strong leader with a solid$3,217 screen average on its 39 prints.The newrelease of Angelina Jolie's serial killer outing Taking Lives did lessimpressively with just its $1,949 screen ...
  • Steen's debut gets Karlovy Vary premiere


    Aftermath, the feature directing debut from acclaimed Danishactress turned filmmaker Paprika Steen, has been singled out for a competitionentry slot at the upcoming film festival in Karlovy Vary.
  • Danish film studio is put up for sale


    The Danish Ministry of Culture has decided to sell off The Danish FilmStudio, which is situated in the northern rim of Copenhagen.
  • Dillon, Tomei to star in Bukowski adaptation


    Matt Dillon and Marisa Tomei are to star in Norwegianwriter-director-producer Bent Hamer'sadaptation of Charles Bukowski's Factotum,
  • SWEDEN 28 April


    Tarantino's KillBill Vol.2 effortlessly cut into the top of the Swedish box-office pushinglast week's strong opener Starsky & Hutch to second with double thescreen average, $7.456 on its less 39 prints.However, Scanbox'srelease of the Oscar-winning drama, Monster, actually managed a slightlybetter ...
  • DENMARK 26 April


    The second volumeof Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill had what it took to oust the hitanimated Terkel In Trouble from the top of the Danish chart, with amuscular 746 admission screen average on its 28 prints.While Terkeltook ...
  • Green Butchers director prepares follow-up feature


    Award winning Green Butchers writer and director Anders Thomas Jensen is readying his next feature, an as yet untitled comedy drama.
  • DENMARK 20 April


    The new release of stuntman-turned-filmmaker Lasse Spang Olsen's action comedy The Good Cop fared better with audiences than critics, but with an admission screen average of 476 on its high 60 prints, it was unable to topple Nordisk Film's hit animated film Terkel In Trouble from the top spot.
  • SWEDEN 20 April


    After three weeks at the top of the Swedish box-office chart even Mel Gibson's Passion had to give in to the unholy teaming of Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson and their revival of 70s cool in Starsky & Hutch as it sped into pole position with a strong $5,253 screen average on its 50 prints.
  • North by Northwest script scheme unveils international line-up


    In its eighth year of business, the international scriptdevelopment programme, North by Northwest, has announced it most extensiveline-up yet.
  • Metallica doc scoops top Danish festival prize


    Copenhagen's NatFilm Festival wrapped in the Danish capital over the weekend, and awarded its audience prize to Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster.


    Even though a slew of new films were released a week ago, Mel Gibson's Passion easily stayed on top of the Norwegian box-office chart in its third week.
  • Nordisk Film parent sees profits soar in 2003


    Danish media group Egmont - parent company of NordiskFilm - had its best ever year in 2003, posting a pre-tax profit of Euros 59m -up from Euros 20m in 2002.


    The fact that Viggo Mortensen is half Danish paid off this weekend as he easily raced Hidalgo into the top spot in front of Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
  • Happy Day for Danish gospel comedy


    MFA has acquired the German and Austrian rights to Hella Joof's as yet unfinished Danish gospel comedy drama Oh Happy Day from Nordisk Film International Sales. Earlier this year Ascot Elite picked up Swiss rights to the film.
  • Norwegian film fund backs eight new features


    Eight new features from newcomers and experienced filmmakers like Petter Naess, Erik Skjoldbjaerg and Paal Sletaune have been awarded funding from the Norwegian Film Fund.


    Little changed at the top of the Swedish chart except for local coming of age drama The Ketchup Effect moving down fifth. However, the best performer was 21 Grams which on its just nine screens had an impressive $7,331 average, more than twice any other film.


    While the top three spots remained in the hands of Spykids 3D: Game Over, Brother Bear and The Young Olsen Gang Rocks, a fourth family oriented film, Cheaper By The Dozen, managed to push Something's Gotta Give from fourth to sixth.


    Little changed on the top of the Danish chart as veteran Erik Clausen managed to stay on top for the second week as his new film Villa Paranoia dropped just 10%.
  • Denmark's Madsen readies Kira's Reason follow-up


    Danish writer-director Ole Christian Madsen, who swept the national film awards in 2002 with Dogme film Kira's Reason, starts shooting his third highly anticipated feature Nordkraft on Mar 31.
  • Wu joins Genz's Chinaman in Denmark


    Los Angeles-based Chinese actress Vivian Wu has agreed to play the female lead in Henrik Ruben Genz' Danish comedy drama Chinaman, which shoots in Copenhagen from April 16 for seven weeks.
  • Henning Mankell readies Wallander film series


    Internationally best-selling Swedish author Henning Mankell's popular police commissioner Kurt Wallander is heading for the big and the small screen in no less than 13 feature length episodes.


  • Count To 100 triumphs at BUFF children's fest


  • Steen's Aftermath to open Copenhagen's NatFilm




    With a big 62 print release behind it the release of local veteran Erik Clausen's Villa Paranoia managed to oust Something's Gotta Give from the top spot, as it opened with 24,075 admissions.


    Little changed at the top of the Finnish chart this week where the new release of Along Came Polly grabbed Something's Gotta Give's third place, leaving Brother Bear as number one, local hit Dog Nail Clipper on second and last week's new local film Beyond The Front Line fourth.
  • Von Trier's Dogville takes Danish critics' prize


    Lars von Trier was back with a vengeance in Copenhagen on Sunday night, where the Danish film critics gave out their prestigious Bodil Awards.


    While Brother Bear and the local hit Dog Nail Clipper stayed on top of the Finnish chart this weekend, the two new releases on third and fourth, Something's Gotta Give and the homemade WW2 drama Beyond The Front Line, both had much better screen averages but fewer prints.


    The Oscars managed to shuffle things around at the top of the Swedish chart in a way that none of the new releases could.
  • International co-productions face funding paradox


    At the heart of international co-productions lies an essential paradox for Europe. The various national incentive schemes and subsidies upon which they depend are designed to keep filmmaking crews and talents fully employed in their local countries. And yet, co-production treaties are meant to encourage cross-border collaborations.
  • Von Trier completes Manderlay casting


    Lars von Trier has rounded out the cast for Manderlay, the second film in his USA trilogy after Dogville, with a contingent of US stars.


    While nothing changed in the Swedish top five, where Brother Bear and Spy Kids 3D: Game Over stayed in front of the home made The Ketchup Effect and The Threat.


    By clinging to its strong screen average and falling back just 3%, Something's Gotta Give moved into the top spot in its second week as Brother Bear dropped 25%.


    Though dropping some 54% Brother Bear stayed on top of the Danish box-office chart, while the veterans in Something's Gotta Give managed to squeeze in front of The Last Samurai to the second spot with this weekend's best screen average, almost twice that of the animated hit.


    Due to its massive number of prints Disney's Brother Bear managed to stay on top of the Swedish chart this week in front of the new release of Spy Kids 3D: Game Over, despite the latter serving a better screen average on its 83 prints.


    While Brother Bear sat solidly on the top of the Swedish chart, Scary Movie 3 maneuvered into second in front of Kjell Sundvall's action outing The Threat with a strong $5,514 screen average on its 60 prints.
  • Music rocks Berlin's festival and market


    From the famous to the exotic, this year's Berlinale has been flooded with features and documentaries centering on music.
  • Dogme retains its bite


    Often thought to be on the verge of extinction, the Danish Dogme-movement fathered by Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg back in 1995, is as alive and kicking as ever.
  • North by Northwest open to Eastern Europe


    North by Northwest, the popular Copenhagen-based training body for film professionals from across Europe, has expanded its pan European activities with a new programme, East of Eden.
  • Von Trier Peace speech censored


    Speaking to Screen, Danish director Lars Von Trier has expressed surprise that his video-taped acceptance speech at Monday's Diamond for Peace Award was censored by the organisers.




    BVI's Brother Bear beat the thrills of the prolific Kjell Sundvall's latest action film The Threat, partly because of its massive 149 prints, although its screen average was only slightly better than last week's new local release The Ketchup Effect (Hip Hip Hora!), the feature debut from newcomer Terese Fabik.
  • Cinema Vikings search for soft money booty


    Moderating last week's panel on location hot zones at Screen International's European Film Summit in Berlin, Jonathan Olsberg had an apt analogy for the industry's worldwide pillaging and plundering in search of soft money booty. "We're the Vikings of modern cinema."


    Disney's animated Brother Bear managed to charm its way into the top spot in front of Tom Cruise's The Last Samurai, with a slightly higher admissions screen average but a lower box-office average of DKR42,722 compared to Samurai's DKR57,693.


    The latest Norwegian addition to the originally Danish Olsen Gang movies, The Young Olsen Gang Rocks It, easily muscled The Last Samurai from the top spot with a strong 990 screen average on its high 61 prints.
  • African cinema gets Dogme injection


    The low-budget adrenaline injection which awoke the Danish film industry in the mid 90s is set to be applied to the African film industry.
  • Cinema Guild gets Inheritance for the US


    Per Fly's The Inheritance, which won six Danish Film Academy's Robert awards last week, has been picked up for US release by The Cinema Guild's Philip Hobel and Ryan Krivoshey.
  • Zentropa and Sigma to throw Advance Party


    Denmark's Zentropa and Scotland's Sigma Films have formed an alliance to back three low-budget English-language films which will shoot in Scotland later this year.
  • Fly creates buzz at Danish Oscars - again


    Per Fly's critics and audience darling The Inheritance swept the Danish Film Academy's Robert ceremony on Sunday night taking six awards including best film, best director and best actor for Ulrich Thomsen. It also won best supporting actress and actor for veterans Ghita Noerby and Peter Steen, best music for Halfdan E as well as the audience award.


    Annette K. Olesen's In Your Hands (Forbrydelser) retained its second spot after The Return Of The King, falling just 12% after its first week in release and has so far had 37,989 admissions.
  • Upswing tops Finnish Jussi awards


    At this year's Finnish film awards, the Jussi, held in Helsinki on Sunday night, Johanna Vuoksenmaa's popular comedy drama Upswing (Nousukausi) took top honours including best film as well as best script for Mika Ripatti and best music for Kerkko Koskinen.
  • Hiding emerges as Gothenburg winner


    The overall theme of Sweden's major film event, the Gothenburg Film Festival, was the blues, but after its 27th edition, there was nothing to be blue about but the weather.


    Despite a number of new releases, the top five spots of the Norwegian chart remained unchanged with The Last Samurai in front of Petter Naess' Just Bea.




    Close to nothing changed at the Finnish box-office chart this weekend, as Minna Virtanen's erotic drama Addiction (aka Restless 3) stayed on top in front of The Return Of The King, which it toppled last week.


  • Evil pays off at Sweden's Guldbagga awards


    Mikael Haafstroem's crowd-pleaser Evil has had a rather good week. Not only has it picked up a best foreign language Oscar nomination, but it was also awarded the best film prize at the Guldbaggas, Sweden's national film awards.


    Though no match for The Return Of The King's still massive 103 prints, the new release of Annette K. Olesen's In Your Hands (Forbrydelser) saw a solid opening on its 33 prints attracting 15,046 admissions.
  • Gothenburg emerges into Cold Light with record sales


    When Sweden's leading film event, the Gothenburg Film Festival, opened its box office earlier this month, business was brisk. It sold a record 30,000 tickets on its first day - including all the tickets to opening film Cold Light by Hilmar Oddsson as well as several other screenings.


    Though The Return Of The King continued to be untouchable at the top, the new release of Once Upon A Time In Mexico managed to achieve up the highest admission screen average of 582, but it was only enough for a fourth position on the chart due to its 20 prints.


    Though dropping another 37%, The Return Of The King's 91 prints stayed on top of the Norwegian chart for another week, but saw the new release of Scary Movie 3 scare up a almost twice the screen average on just 35 prints.
  • Nordic film industries look to increased government funding


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  • Danish Bodil Award nominations reveal some surprises


    This year's Danish film critics' nominations for the Bodil awards reveal some unusual differences from those selected by the Danish Film Academy for The ROBERTS.
  • Finnish Jussi awards favour Upswing


    Johanna Vuoksenmaa's popular comedy drama Upswing (Nousukausi) topped the list of nominations for the Finnish film organisation Filmiaura's coveted Jussi awards.


    Very little changed at the Finnish box-office this weekend, as the new releases Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Down With Love failed to impress and opened fifth and eighth respectively.


    Though The Return Of The King dropped 36% it stayed untouchable at the top of the Norwegian chart for another week, as this weekend's only new release, Seabiscuit, didn't manage to attract too much attention and opened tenth.
  • Sweden's Daybreak set for Berlin competition


    Writer-producer-director Eleanor Bergstein, sound designer/film editor Walter Murch and director-producer-screenwriter Anthony Minghella, whose latest film Cold Mountain will open this year's Berlinale, have been announced as the celebrity hosts for the second edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus (7-12 February).Bergstein was responsible for the production and screenplay of the box office smash Dirty Dancing, while Murch's credits include Apocalpyse Now, The ...


    While The Return Of The King remained untouchable at the top of the Danish box-office chart, new releases S.W.A.T. and Calender Girls hit the local youth film Scratch the hardest, pushing it to sixth, while Scary Movie 3 dropped 49.5% but remained in third.


  • Sweden's Daybreak lines up for Berlin competition


    Bjorn Runge's Daybreak (Om Jag Vänder Mig Om) is to play in the main competition at this year's Berlin Film Festival (Feb 5-15), the first Swedish film selected since Bo Widerberg's swansong All Things Fair in 1996.
  • Inheritance leads Danish Oscar nominations


    Last year's most popular film with Danish audiences and most critics - Per Fly's drama The Inheritance -has bagged nine nominations for the Danish Film Academy's ROBERT awards, which will be handed out in Copenhagen on Feb 1.
  • Smile takes The Return for Scandinavia


    Copenhagen based Smile Entertainment has acquired the Scandinavian rights to Andrei Zvyagintsev's multiple-award winning debut feature, The Return.


    The release of Hilmar Oddsson's Icelandic drama Cold Light (Kaldaljós) on Jan 2 has been highly anticipated following the disappointing year at the box-office for local films in 2003.




    Distributor SF Film's massive roll-out of the local animated feature, Stig Bergqvist's Captain Sabertooth, on 71 prints wasn't able to match the performance of its own The Return Of The King, and after two weeks on release it has now dropped 46% but has still amassed 88,749 admissions.
  • New Nordic films line up for Gothenburg


    Eight new Nordic features have been selected for the Nordic Film Award at Sweden's major film festival in Gothenburg (Jan 23 - Feb 2).
  • Refn to revisit Pusher


    Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn will return to his roots with a follow-up to his 1996 debut and breakthrough film Pusher.


    At the Danish box-office it wasn't just the predictable third instalment of The Lord Of The Rings, The Return Of The King, which enjoyed record-breaking success, with the re-releases of the two first films also finding places in the chart.




    As elsewhere The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King flattened all competition and set box-office records at the Swedish box-office, but the other new US release family comedy Freaky Friday fared well despite the mammoth competition.
  • Danish Film Institute greenlights family films


    The Danish Film Institute has greenlit two animated and one live action film aimed at family audiences.


    The top of the Norwegian chart remained unchanged for another weekend, and only saw Once Upon A Time In Mexico and Underworld swap places at fifth and sixth positions.


    Nothing changed at the Swedish box-office over this weekend, where Love Actually and Kill Bill maintained the best screen averages in the top ten.
  • Danish animator looks to crack Greenland market


    Danish animator, Jannik Hastrup, looks set to become the first director ever to have his film dubbed especially for audiences in Greenland.


    While Finding Nemo continued to be untouchable at the top of the Danish chart, Russell Crowe's Master And Commander was left to face the stern of the all-star Love Actually after three weeks on release, dropping 28%.
  • Nordic football duo lined up for Berlin sidebars


    Another two Nordic features have been confirmed for the upcoming Berlin Film festival.
  • Astala quits Finnish Film body for broadcaster YLE


    After eight years as head of production at the Finnish Film Foundation, Erkki Astala, has been wooed by public broadcaster YLE to become its new head of co-productions. Astala replaces veteran Eila Werning, who retires after holding the position since 1990.
  • Sandrew Metronome finds Finnish Blind Spot


    Major Nordic distributor Sandrew Metronome continues to strike output deals with local production outfits, and this week its Finnish arm Sandrew Metronome Distribution Finland (SMDF) signed a three-year agreement with local production company Blind Spot Pictures.
  • Gregersen Family epic gets Danish greenlight


    Denmark's most prolific independent producer Regner Grasten has got the green light for his long cherished four-hour feature, The Gregersen Family, based on the bestselling books by Christian Kampmann (1939-88).


    The romance and Christmas spirit of Love Actually took Icelanders by storm this weekend, and the new release steered clear of both Finding Nemo and Master And Commander and landed on the top spot with a 887 admission screen average, twice that of Pixar's animated hit.


    Like elsewhere in the region the top three spots at the Danish box-office chart remained unchanged this weekend where Finding Nemo, Master And Commander and Love Actually sat firmly, and the latter only fell back 17%.


    Not much changed at the top of the Finnish chart this week, though the two maritime adventures Finding Nemo and Master And Commander dropped 30% and 41% respectively, the new release S.W.A.T. only managed to sneak into the third position.


    The of the top of the Norwegian chart remained unchanged this weekend, as two of the new releases Looney Tunes Back In Action and Underworld only managed to sneak into fourth and fifth position. By far the strongest screen average was mastered by Russell Crowe in Master And Commander, but it couldn't sail past Finding Nemo's 86 prints.


    The star-studded Christmas love stories in Love Actually this weekend sailed past Peter Weir's Master And Commander, but was unable to touch Finding Nemo at the top of the Swedish chart.
  • Norwegian Film Fund backs nine production outfits


    The Norwegian Film Fund has pumped $1.6m (NOK11m) into nine local production companies to back their slates or to help develop their outfits.


    Last week's previews week swept all competition from the top of the Finnish chart, as Finding Nemo and Master And Commander pushed Love Actually down 28% to third. However, no other films were released over the weekend, which was 40% lower than last year. Little else changed at the chart, where two local films Sibelius and Young Gods look like they are loosing ground after 12 and six weeks and no have an admission screen average of just 101 and 81.


    Unperturbed by the release of Master And Commander, Pixar's Finding Nemo easily stayed afloat at the top due to its massive (110) number of prints. And while Love Actually dropped just 21%, Matrix Revolutions and Once Upon A Time In Mexico slipped 58% and 46%. Matrix is now down to a low 98 admissions screen average, but is still on 60 prints.
  • Von Trier close to finding Grace with Howard


    Newcomer Bryce Dallas Howard - the daughter of director Ron Howard - is close to taking on the role of Grace in Lars von Trier's Manderlay, the director's follow-up to this year's controversial Dogville.
  • Danish Scratch heads for Berlin


    The Danish feature debut from Swedish-born Anders Gustafsson, Scratch (Bagland), has been selected as the first of six for the Berlin Film Festival's new youth film sidebar 14plus, an extension of the Kinderfilmfest.
  • Holst named new head at Thura Film


    The founder and main producer of Zentropa's documentary arm Zentropa Real, Carsten Holst, will from Jan 1 shift over to become managing director and producer at Michael Obel's Copenhagen-based Thura Film.


    Though Finding Nemo had no problem hanging on to the top spot this week, with twice the screen average of two new releases Love Actually and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this weekend's box-office total was down no less than 51,8% from last year.
  • Schultze sweeps Stockholm festival prizes


    The 14th edition of the Stockholm International Film Festival, which wrapped on Sunday night, showered most its awards on German newcomer Michael Schorr for Schultze Gets The Blues.
  • Scanbox, Paradox strike co-production deal


    Nordic distributor Scanbox Entertainment, which has emerged in a strong position after a major restructure in 2001, has through its Norwegian arm signed a co-production agreement on six feature films with the prolific production outfit Paradox Spillefilm AS.


    Though Finding Nemo swam safely into the top spot on its massive 181 prints and a strong screen average of $9.879 Matrix Revolutions clung to second place despite falling off 51%.
  • Trust strikes Third Wave deals at MIFED


    Trust Film Sales sold Anders Nilsson's Swedish box-office hit The Third Wave (Den Tredje Vagen) to a number of territories at last week's MIFED.
  • Dans, Grozny, Dans and Bus 174 win at cph:dox


    Copenhagen's first international documentary film festival cph:dox, which wrapped this weekend, saw its major awards go to Jos de Putter's Dutch film Dans, Grozny, Dans and Jose Padilha's Brazilian Bus 174.




    Though Matrix Revolutions fell back 46% it managed to hang on to the top of the Finnish chart with a screen average only bested by the new release of the Swedish box-office sensation Evil which opened on just six prints and took sixth position. It scooped 3,741 admissions - just enough to keep it ahead of The Human Stain, which had 3,116 from nine prints.


  • Nordisk Film goes to Hollywood


    Nordic major Nordisk Film is to open a US office in Los Angeles on January 1, where international head of acquisitions Kim Beich will handle the company's many US relationships.


    While Matrix Revolutions took the box-office crown with a solid if not amazing 775 admissions screen average on its 79 prints, the film that was most influenced by it was Kill Bill, which dropped from number one to six, down some 60%.


    With its 97 prints it was inevitable that Matrix Revolutions would push local charmer Mother's Elling from the top of the Norwegian chart. While all films dropped compared to last week's figures, a couple of films did manage to climb up the chart.


    After seven weeks at the top of the chart even Mikael Haafstroem's Evil had to step down to the Matrix Revolutions' massive 134 prints and impressive $8,441 screen average. However, since both Evil and the action-thriller The Third Wave are still out in 91 and 96 prints respectively, they are far from beaten and could return to the top again.
  • Trust to sell Mother's Elling


    Trust Film Sales will handle world sales on Mother's Elling, the follow up to 2001's international box-office hit Elling, which has already been seen by more than 300,000 Norwegians and grossed some $2.5m in four weeks.
  • Inheritance has windfall in Lubeck


    Per Fly's Danish drama Inheritance was awarded the main NDR Promotion Prize of Euro12,500 at the 45th Nordic Film Days in Lubeck, the world's largest showcase of Nordic and Baltic cinema.
  • Soda takes Reconstruction for the UK


    Hot newcomer Christoffer Boe's Reconstruction, which has picked up a slew of awards since winning the Camera D'Or and Label Regards Jeunes in Cannes, has been picked up for the UK by equally young outfit Soda Pictures.
  • Nielsen boards Bier's Brothers


    Connie Nielsen has boarded Susanne Bier's highly anticipated Brothers, which starts shooting on Monday Nov 10.
  • Scherfig double bill hits MIFED


    Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig is to follow on from her successful Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself with another two English language features.






    While Kill Bill Vol.1 stayed on top, last week's strong local performer Young Gods already fell back 33%, which was still enough for a second place due to its high 42 prints.


    As the top of the Swedish chart remained all but unchanged for another weekend with the two local hits Evil and The Third Wave in front, the new release of Kjell-Aake Andersson's drama comedy Let's Play House (MammaPappaBarn) confirmed how difficult it has been a many of the new local films to make it in the top 10.


  • Non-English buzz films at Mifed 2003


    In the first of a two part series we look at the hot non-English-language films and projects debuting at Mifed.
  • Copenhagen fest names new programming chief


    The Copenhagen International Film Festival, which had its first run earlier this autumn, has appointed 35-year-old Lone Korslund as its new head of programming.


    Though the top of the Icelandic chart remained unchanged with Kill Bill Vol.1 and Intolerable Cruelty dominating, the new release of The Rundown caught up to third with a slightly better screen average on its 3 prints.


    As expected Constantin Film's release of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol.1 slaughtered last week's chart-topping children's film Brats, cutting it down 73.1%.


    After two weeks at the top of the chart even Mother's Elling had to back down to the attack of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol.1, though it retained its position on the admissions chart (30,652 vs. 29,819) due to its high number of prints.
  • Asian films take top prizes at Norway's Bergen fest


    The fourth edition of Norway's Bergen International Film Festival, which wrapped on Wednesday (Oct 22), saw Asian cinema secure the top honours.


    As The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen moved in on the top spot, the other positions on the chart remained all but unchanged with Sibelius now settling on 3rd place behind American Pie 3.


    School holidays boosted SF Film's massive 105 print rollout of the new Danish children's film Moegunger (Brats), which didn't quite perform to expectations last weekend. During the week and over this weekend the film saw an impressive 221.5% increase to reach 232,154 admissions in its first 10 days.
  • Copenhagen doc fest unveils first line-up


    Copenhagen's first international documentary film festival cph:dox (Nov 7-17), has announced its programme of 83 films including such international hits as Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's American Splendor, Errol Morris' Fog Of War and Werner Herzog's Wheel Of Time.


    The resilience of Mikael Haafstroem's Evil was proved this weekend when the massive 109 print release of Anders Nilsson's action-thriller The Third Wave was unable to unseat it from the top spot.
  • Danish-Swedish film promotion collaboration takes off


    In a move to attract film production to the Oresund region - the land around the strait dividing Denmark and Sweden - the Oresund Film Commission has appointed Swede Natasha Banke and Danish producer Ulrik Bolt Joergensen to head a joint initiative between Copenhagen Capacity and Position Skaane.
  • The Good Cop attracts great cast


    Danish stuntman-turned-filmmaker Lasse Spang Olsen and actor Kim Bodnia have joined forces to set up their own production outfit, Endaxi Film, to make the action comedy The Good Cop.


    The sex-hungry teenagers in American Pie 3 kept the local hit Sibelius from re-claiming the top spot on the chart, and had a strong opening with as many admissions on its 25 prints as last week's topper Bad Boys II had on 45.
  • Comfortable premiere anticipated at Bergen


    Norway's Bergen International Film Festival (Oct16-21) will see the world premiere of highly anticipated local documentary, Gunnar Hall Jensen's Gunnar Goes Comfortable.
  • Evil director returns to school for ghost story


    While Mikael Haafstroem's adaptation of Jan Guillou's autobiographical bestseller, Evil (Ondskan), is still dominating the local box-office, he has started shooting his new film Strandvaskeren (literally 'the body washed ashore') outside Stockholm.


    The macho S.W.A.T. muscled its way into the top of the Icelandic chart this week, though Spy Kids 3D retained a higher screen average on its 4 prints, 1,269 admissions compared to the actioner's 934 on 5 prints.
  • Ahrne takes key post at Swedish Film Institute


    Marianne Ahrne has been appointed as the new film commissioner at the Swedish Film Institute, in charge of supporting feature films for the state's film funding body.
  • Pullman boards Vinterberg's Dear Wendy


    Bill Pullman has joined the cast of Thomas Vinterberg's Dear Wendy, which is based on a script by Lars Von Trier.
  • Noi Albinoi sweeps Iceland's EDDA awards


    Dagur Kari's Noi Albinoi continued its winning streak scooping most of the major awards at the annual EDDAs - the Icelandic Film & TV-Awards.


    As expected the release of Mother's Elling, the prequel to 2001's box-office sensation and Oscar nominated comedy-drama, thundered into number one with more than four times the take of number two The Woman Of My Life.


    As Pirates Of The Caribbean sailed back into the top spot past last week's chart topper The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which dropped a massive 42% - the new release of Aage Rais Nordentoft's well received youth film 2 Moves One Pass carved a solid if unremarkable 17,020 admissions on its 40 prints.
  • Serious films win Copenhagen children's fest prizes


    Two children's films with serious topics took top honours at the Copenhagen International Children's Film Festival BUSTER, which wrapped this weekend for the first time in collaboration with the industry event New Nordic Children's Film.




    The new release of Ulf Malmros' black comedy Slim Sussie was able to put a dent in the successful run of Mikael Haafstroem's Evil, which stayed at number one with more than double the screen average of the newcomer at second.
  • Evil a smash at the box office and Sweden's Oscar submission


    Sweden namedMikael Haafstroem's highly anticipated Evil (Ondskan) its submission for this year's foreignlanguage Oscar yesterday, the weekend after it opened in Sweden with a dazzling108,000 admissions (SKR1.1m) on 95 prints.
  • Elling set to become a trilogy


    A third film about Norway's favourite neurotic Elling - the main character from the Oscar nominated Norwegian box-office hit - is set for the big screen, producer Dag Alveberg of Maipo Film confirmed this week.


    The release of Christoffer Boe's multiple-award winning feature debut Reconstruction couldn't have bought the publicity up to its premiere if it had wanted to.


    The record 100 print release of newcomer Alexander Eik's romantic comedy The Woman Of My Life paid off in the film's first weekend, where it pushed American Wedding down 43% and Pirates Of The Caribbean 30%.
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    Mikael Haafstroem's highly anticipated Evil (Ondskan) had a tremendous opening weekend with 108,000 admissions on its 95 prints, more than double the take of second-placed, Pirates Of The Caribbean.
  • Yuzna's Beyond Re-Animator takes Fantastisk prize


    Prolific producer-director Brian Yuzna's Beyond Re-Animator won him top honours, the Melies d'Argent Award, at this weekend's Fantastisk Film Festival in Lund, Sweden.
  • Kitchen Stories cooks up Norway Oscar vote


    Bent Hamer's Cannes charmer Kitchen Stories has been selected as Norway's official entry to the Oscars in the foreign language film category.


    Timo Koivusalo's Sibelius, which has been a hot item in the local media, has steadily climbed the chart since BVI released it three weeks ago and now sits comfortably on the top, dropping less than 1% from last week.
  • Danish Film Insitute greenlights eight films


    Six new Danish films and two Danish-Swedish co-productions have been greenlit after securing support from the Danish Film Institute.
  • Copenhagen Children's festival unveils line-up


    Copenhagen International Children's Film Festival - Buster (Sep 29 -Oct 5), has launched its first programme in collaboration with New Nordic Children's Film.


    Norway's teenagers invited the third instalment of the American Pie movies, American Wedding, on to the top spot this weekend leaving Pirates Of The Caribbean in second place and last week's chart topper Bad Boys 2 down 52% to 4th behind the second new release in the top ten, Sinbad.
  • Danish Fakir conjures up impressive cast


    Danish director Peter Flinth's family adventure The Fakir has attracted an impressive cast including Germany's Moritz Bleibtreu (Taking Sides), Denmark's Sidse Babett Knudsen (Old New Borrowed And Blue) and Sweden's Fares Fares (Jalla! Jalla!).


    The weekend saw little change at the top of the Danish box-office as Pirates Of The Caribbean stayed in front of the local crime-comedy Stealing Rembrandt, though both films dropped 24.2% and 13.4% respectively compared to last week.
  • Bell lands the lead role in Vinterberg's Wendy


    17year-old British star Jamie Bell has landed the plum lead part in ThomasVinterberg's highly anticipated Dear Wendy which is based on a script by Lars Von Trier.JoiningBell in the cast of the thriller, which starts shooting on Sept 26 inCopenhagen, are US actors Chris Owen, Mark Webber and Michael Angarano as wellas Danso Gordon and Alison Pill from Canada.TheDKR50m ...
  • Mongoland director cranks up Norwegian surfer tale


    Acclaimed Danish actors Kim Bodnia and Iben Hjejle will join the cast of the unusual Norwegian surfer love story Monsterthursday directed by Arild Ostin Ommundsen, who made his feature debut with the low-budget surprise hit Mongoland in 2001.
  • Hot Swedish newcomer readies Disease debut


    Swedish newcomer Daniel Espinosa will make his feature debut under Nordisk Film's low-budget label, Director's Cut, with Babylonsjukan (literally The Babylon Disease), a look at the world as seen through the eyes of a thirteen year-old girl in Stockholm.
  • Veteran Danish writer directs King's Game debut


    Nikolaj Arcel's feature debut Kings' Game (Kongekabale) has begun shooting this week.
  • Von Trier books into Swedish studio for Manderlay


    Swedish regional fund Film I Vast has once again attracted Danish maverick Lars von Trier, who will shoot his upcoming Manderlay at the Trollhattan studio early next year.


    Opening day-and-date with North America, Robert Rodriguez's return to his Latin roots with Once Upon A Time In Mexico blasted its way to the top of the Icelandic box-office with an impressive 4,020 admissions.
  • Bergman's Saraband to premiere on Swedish TV


    Despite being tipped at one time to world premiere at Cannes or Venice, Saraband - the new film from legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman - will make its debut on Swedish broadcaster SVT on Dec 1.


    Buena Vista continued to compete with itself at the top of the Finnish box-office, with Pirates Of The Caribbean holding on to the top just ahead of BVI's new release of Timo Koivusalo's Sibelius,


    The top of the Finnish chart saw little change this weekend with Buena Vista's Pirates Of The Caribbean staying ahead of stablemate Piglet's Big Movie and local comedy Pearls And Pigs (Helmia ja sikoja).


    Despite dropping 40% from its premiere weekend, the third installment of the American Pie-series, American Pie: The Wedding, managed to stay on top of the Icelandic chart in front of new releases The Italian Job and Daddy Day Care. Other than that there was little change at the top, where Disney's two hits Piglet's Big Movie and Pirates Of The Caribbean on fourth and fifth spots. Freddy Vs Jason dropped a significant 58% from last week, ...




    After a couple of uneventful weeks at the Danish box-office, Jannik Johansen's Stealing Rembrandt lived up to its high expectations and brought life back to the box-office.


    Hollywood blockbuster Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl was joined at the top of the chart by BVI stablemate Piglet's Big Movie in Norway. This pushed the two local crowd-pleasers, Buddy and United to third and fourth spot on the chart. Both local romantic comedies fell a mere 20% from last week, with Buddy retaining a strong screen average of 466 admissions and passing United with 83,770 admissions after two weeks compared ...
  • Block's Decibel takes a shine to Danish Midsummer


    US remake rights to Danish newcomer Carsten Myllerup's thriller Midsummer have been picked by Bill Block's DecibelEntertainment, which plans to move its story from the Swedish woods to warmerclimates on Hawaii.


    It was the teenagers' weekend at the box-office in Iceland, where they managed to sink Disney's Pirates Of The Caribbean from the number one spot with the third instalment of the American Pie-franchise American Pie: The Wedding.
  • Björk joins voices on Icelandic animation


    The UK's ex-Monty Python Terry Jones and unusual Icelandic songbird Björk have joined the cast of the 3D animated film Anna And The Moods, which is currently being developed by Iceland's CAOZ Ltd. in Reykjavik.


    The three films which had been previewed at the Finnish box-office the week before sat squarely on the top of the chart, with Buena Vista's Pirates Of The Caribbean leading in front of Piglet's Big Movie and Perttu Leppaa's local comedy Pearls And Pigs (Helmia Ja Sikoja).


    Not much changed at the Danish box-office this week where Tomb Raider 2 managed to stay on top with Bruce Almighty, and new releases Hollywood Homicide and Buffalo Soldiers failed to attract Danish audiences.


    While everyone's money was on local low-budget digital feature Buddy, Buena Vista's blockbuster Pirates Of The Caribbean raced past Morten Tyldum's romantic feature over the weekend at the Norwegian box-office.


    The successful run of Daniel Lind Lagerloef's romantic comedy Miffo was halted after two weeks in the top spot by Buena Vista's Pirates Of The Caribbean, which blasted its way to the top with an impressive screen average of $12,162 from its high 87 prints.


    The American blockbusters stayed on top of the Danish box-office this weekend where Tomb Raider 2 had a solid if unspectacular opening. Tears Of The Sun's Bruce Willis, always a good performer in Denmark, was pushed to third after Bruce Almighty but ahead of T3 - both of which have performed very well despite this summer's heat wave.
  • Buddy, Slim Susie set for pan-Nordic releases


    Morten Tyldum's romantic comedy Buddy and Ulf Malmros' Swedish black gangster comedy Slim Susie (Smala Sussi) are both to receive pan-Nordic releases via distribution major Sandrew Metronome.
  • Buddy, Slim Susie set for pan-Nordic releases


    Morten Tyldum's romantic comedy Buddy and Ulf Malmros' Swedish black gangster comedy Slim Susie (Smala Sussi) are both to receive pan-Nordic releases via distribution major Sandrew Metronome.
  • Norway's BV Film International files for bankruptcy


    Norwegian industry veteran Bjorg Veland has filed a petition for bankruptcy for her distribution company Media West, formerly called BV Film International.
  • Danish Film Institute takes on key staff


    The Danish Film Institute has hired three new film commissioners in charge of development and production support.
  • Kitchen Stories takes top prize at Norway's Amandas


    Bent Hamer's Kitchen Stories picked up the best film award at this weekend's 19th Norwegian film and TV awards, the Amandas.
  • Buddy emerges as Haugesund audience favourite


    Romantic comedy Buddy by newcomer Morten Tyldum has picked up the audience award at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund (Aug 17-24).
  • Raggy Boy comes out top at Copenhagen


    Aisling Walsh's Song For A Raggy Boy won the Golden Swan prize for best film at the inaugral Copenhagen International Film Festival (Aug 13-20).
  • Bond writers pen thriller for Raggy Boy team


    The team behind Song For A Raggy Boy - director Aisling Walsh and Danish producer Michael Lunderskov - are linking up again on thriller Return To Sender, which is penned by the two James Bond/Johnny English-writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
  • Magnusson takes over as head of production at Nordisk


    Rumle Hammerich, head of production at the Copenhagen-based Nordisk Film Production, has been replaced by Kim Magnusson (pictured), general manager of Nordisk Film's film and TV drama operations.
  • Digital Film Lab completes Underworld process


    Copenhagen- and London-based Digital Film Lab has taken it first full Hollywood movie - Sony Pictures and Lakeshore Entertainment's Underworld - through its Digital Intermediate process.
  • New Nordic films to unspool at Haugesund


    The 31st Norwegian International Film Festival (Aug 17-21) in the small western town of Haugesund is set to benefit from one of the country's most interesting filmmakers being lured to Hollywood.
  • Odense Occupied by Pederson's Palestinian tale


    Joergen Flindt Pedersen's controversial documentary The Occupied (De Besatte) won the Grand Prix at the 18th edition of the Danish short and documentary film festival in Odense over the weekend.
  • Copenhagen festival gets off to turbulent start


    The first Copenhagen International Film Festival (Aug 13-20) has had a turbulent few weeks in the lead up to its launch on Wednesday night.
  • Bier's Brothers to follow in Open Hearts vein


    Danish writer-director Susanne Bier is gearing up to shoot her new film, Brothers (working title), based on a script co-written with the prolific Anders Thomas Jensen.
  • Moodysson cranks up Swedish family focused film


    Acclaimed Swedish director Lukas Moodysson is to start shooting his new as yet untitled film later this month at the Trollhattan studio, where he shot his previous hits Fucking Amal, Together and Lilja 4-ever.
  • Insomnia director readies Ibsen adaptation


    Erik Skjoldbjaerg, who made his international breakthrough with his debut feature Insomnia (1997), will return to his native Norway to direct an updated screen version of Henrik Ibsen's 1882 play An Enemy Of The People.
  • Copenhagen fest completes jury


    The first edition of the Copenhagen International Film Festival (Aug 13-20) has filled the remaining two seats of its five man jury, who will be presided over by Theo Angelopoulos.
  • Ullmann woos Blanchett for star-studded Ibsen adaptation


    Norway's great film diva, the 64 year-oldactress-turned-filmmaker Liv Ullmann, is in talks with a bevy of top Hollywoodacting talents, including Cate Blanchett, Kevin Spacey and John Cusack, with aview to casting them in yet another big screen version of A Doll's House, her countryman Henrik Ibsen's classic dissection ofmarriage.Dinamo Story, the Norwegian production outfit behind theproject - which has yet to be financed - did not wish ...
  • Estonia pins hopes on Names In Marble follow up


    Kristian Taska, the young writer-producer who broke the Estonia box-office record with his feature debut Names In Marble, is in the final weeks of shooting his highly anticipated second film, We Won't Sleep Tonight.
  • Danish Film Institute makes key appointments


    The Danish Film Institute has made a string of appointments to some of its key positions.
  • Buddy chosen as closing local film at Haugesund


  • Kidman parts company with Von Trier's USA trilogy


    Despite collaborating to great acclaim on Dogville, Nicole Kidman and Lars Von Trier will no longer work together on the next two instalments of the director's planned USA trilogy.
  • Northfork


  • Local titles to compete for Norway's Amanda awards


    When the Norwegian film and TV awards, the Amandas, are handed out for the 19th time on August 22, festival titles like Jens Lien's black comedy Jonny Vang and Bent Hamer's crowd-pleaser Kitchen Stories will face off against Paal Oie's low-budget thriller Dark Woods in the best film category.
  • Norwegian Film Fund greenlights seven new features


    Seven new local features have been greenlit with backing from the Norwegian Film Fund (NFF).
  • Local films get high presence at first Copenhagen festival


    The first edition of the Copenhagen International Film Festival, August 13-20, has announced its main competition line-up, which includes three local productions and two Danish co-productions.
  • Wiedemann to head new Danish talent development fund


    Editor turned scriptwriter turned film commissioner, Vinca Wiedemann, has been appointed artistic director of the new $3.9m Talent Development Fund at the Danish Film Institute (DFI).
  • Lost Swedish classic is found and restored


  • Theo Angelopoulos to lead first Copenhagen film fest


    Theo Angelopoulos is to preside over the first Copenhagen International Film Festival's five-strong jury, which so far also includes Sweden's Jan Troell and Denmark's Bille August.
  • NonStop signs up with SF Anytime VOD service


    Stockholm-based distributor NonStop Entertainment AB has signed a deal with Video on Demand (VOD) service SF Anytime.
  • Danes launch FilmFyn regional fund


    New Danish regional fund FilmFyn launches this week with a budget of US$2.7m (DKR17m), which will be divided among three to four feature films annually at least until 2006.
  • Dogville feels the Danish heat


    The Danish release of local director Lars Von Trier's Dogville hit tough competition from unusually good weather and a keenly anticipated soccer-match between Denmark and Norway this weekend.
  • United scores Haugesund opening


    First-time director Magnus Martens has had his romantic football comedy United chosen as the opening film for the 31st edition of the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund.
  • Mikkelsen, Skarsgaard do battle in Disney's King Arthur


    Denmark's most popular star Mads Mikkelsen and Swedish veteran Stellan Skarsgaard have joined the cast of Antoine Fuqua's upcoming epic King Arthur which is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Disney.
  • Finland's Lumifilm takes Pelicanman to the big screen


    Finnish production outfit Lumifilm, best known for its animated TV productions including the long running Urpo & Turpo series, this week starts shooting its first live-action feature film, Pelicanman, in Helsinki.
  • The Tenth Muse to get world premiere at first Copenhagen fest


    Writer-director Torben Skjoedt Jensen's The Tenth Muse about one of the world's greatest silent film stars, Denmark's Asta Nielsen (pictured), will have its world premiere at the first Copenhagen International Film Festival.
  • Goteborg fund backs Angolan, Sri Lankan film-makers


    Sweden's Goteborg Film Festival Film Fund, which supports filmmakers living and working in developing countries, has out of this year's 40 applicants selected Angolan In The Empty City (Na Cidade Vazia) by Maria G. Joao and Sri Lankan Colours Of The Colourless (Sudu Kalu Saha Alu) by Sudath Mahaadivulwewa.
  • Documentary film-maker gets Norway's Aamot award


    Norway's coveted Aamot Award, given by local film distribution professionals and cinema managers, has been bestowed on Margreth Olin, one of the country's most respected documentary filmmakers.
  • Bergman receives film preservation award


    Swedish cinema legend Ingmar Bergman might have snubbed both Cannes and Oscar galas, but on Monday he personally showed up to receive the FIAF's Film Preservation Award at Filmhuset in Stockholm.
  • Sandrew Metronome grabs Arcand's Barbarians


    Nordic major Sandrew Metronome, which had an all new acquisition team in Cannes, grabbed Denys Arcand's double award-winning Les Invasions Barbares along with four other films at the festival.
  • Camera d'Or win paves way for sales and new film


    Danish writer-director Christoffer Boe might be a newcomer, but after the success of his Cannes Critics' Week entry Reconstruction, which took both the Camera d'Or and the Label Regards Jeunes this weekend, buyers are eager to close further deals on the film.
  • Sweden's Film I Vast gears up for more films


    Swedish regional fund Film I Vast is expanding its already considerable studios with another 4500 square meters of fully equipped sound stage.
  • Norway's BV boasts its best Cannes


    Norwegian sales outfit BV International has made a number of pre-sales at the Cannes market making it their best ever according to head Bjorg Veland.
  • Norway's BV boasts its best Cannes


    Norwegian sales outfit BV International has made a number of pre-sales at the Cannes market making it their best ever according to head Bjorg Veland.
  • Zentropa, Nimbus continue Nordisk romance


    The prolific Danish production outfits Zentropa and Nimbus Film have extended their output deal with exhibition-distribution major Nordisk Film for another two years.
  • Refn continues dark American vein with St John


    After the successful collaboration with cult favourite author Hubert Selby Jr. on Fear X, Danish writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn is now turning to another scribe specialising in the seamier side of the American underbelly: Abel Ferrara's longtime screenwriting collaborator, Nicholas St. John.
  • Endgame commits to Compleat, Harold


    Endgame Entertainment - the financing and production outfit formed by entrepreneur and Broadway producer James D Stern - has committed to co-finance two films through its entertainment fund The Endgame Fund.
  • French Asterix revival in Danish hands


    The first feature to be produced by French network M6 - the Euros 22m animated Asterix And The Vikings directed Denmark's Stefan Fjeldmark and Jesper Moller - should be delivered by 2006.
  • Icelandic films back on track


    After almost a year without funding for local films, a restructured Icelandic Film Centre has been put back into business by the new managing director Laufey Gudjonsdottir. The first projects should be getting backing from mid-June.
  • Pippi's father heads for international seas


    Everyone knows Pippi Longstocking, but few know that her father was a real person. But with Pippi's Father - Captain Charlie And The Cannibal Princess (working title) he should be at least as well known as Harry Potter by family audiences across the world.
  • Scottish-Scandinavian love affair spreads


    The love affair which has sprung between Scotland and the Scandinavian countries, and which has accelerated in recent years with films like Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself, The Bum's Rush and Skagerrak, is set to continue with a new collaboration between Sweden's Sonet Film and Brocken Spectre.
  • Film archivists convene in Sweden


    The Swedish Film Institute and the Finnish Film Archive will host this year's congress of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF).
  • NonStop dives with Cousteau


    Sweden's NonStop Entertainment has signed a deal with Europe Images International SA to handle Jacques Cousteau's extensive catalogue of more than 100 titles for TV and video in Scandinavia and Iceland.
  • Zentropa pushes into TV


    Denmark's prolific production outfit, Zentropa, has plans to expand their activities in TV series and drama both domestically and internationally.
  • Buyers on the road to Von Trier's Manderlay


    Israel's Shani Films, Switzerland's Monopole Pathe and Taiwan's Crown Films have been the first to sign on for Manderlay, Lars von Trier's next project as director after Cannes competition contender Dogville. It will most likely also star Nicole Kidman.
  • Buyers on the road to Von Trier's Manderlay


    Israel's Shani Films, Switzerland's Monopole Pathe and Taiwan's Crown Films have been the first to sign on for Manderlay, Lars von Trier's next project as director after Cannes competition contender Dogville. It will most likely also star Nicole Kidman.
  • Copenhagen to host int'l documentary fest


    Copenhagen's first international documentary film festival, cph:dox, will take place from Nov 7-16 2003.
  • Stealing Rembrandt to open first Copenhagen festival


    The first edition of the Copenhagen International Film Festival, which unspools in Denmark's capital from August 13-20, will have the highly anticipated feature debut from Jannik Johansen, Stealing Rembrandt, as its opening gala screening.
  • Welcome to Dogville


    Whenever Danish maverick Lars von Trier premieres a new film at Cannes, audiences can expect something innovative and provocative.
  • Dendy snaps up festival favourite Dogville for Australia


    Dendy Films has acquired Australian rights to Lars von Trier's highly anticipated Cannes contender just weeks before it is scheduled to hit the Croisette.
  • Dendy snaps up Dogville for Australia


    Dendy Films has acquired Australian rights to Lars von Trier's highly anticipated Cannes contender just weeks before it is scheduled to hit the Croisette.
  • Sandrew Metronome International reveals new team for Cannes


    Scandinavian distributor Sandrew Metronome will this year be attending Cannes with an all-new acquisitions team.
  • Sandrew Metronome reveals new team for Cannes


    Scandinavian distributor Sandrew Metronome will this year be attending Cannes with an all-new acquisitions team.
  • Rembrandt steals early US buyer buzz


    Danish newcomer Jannik Johansen's highly anticipated feature debut Stealing Rembrand may be months away from its scheduled domestic release, but it is already picking up considerable buzz following an early screening in London for US buyers, according to the film's producer Thomas Gammeltoft.
  • Nordisk Film appoints Magnusson in production push


    Danish producer Kim Magnusson has been appointed general manager of Nordisk Film's film and TV drama operations across the Nordic region.
  • Danish director scores production hat trick


    The Danish Film Institute has put writer-director Jesper W. Nielsen (pictured) in a highly unusual situation for a Danish filmmaker. With its $792,700 (DKR 5.5m) backing for his new comedy Don't You Know John Lennon (working title), Nielsen will have had a new film released three years in a row.
  • Danish broadcasters sign production funding deal


    Denmark's two major broadcasters DR-TV and TV2/Danmark have reached an agreement with the Association of Danish Film Producers on how to spend the $8.7m (DKR60m) they are obliged to invest annually in local film production.
  • European Cinema Exhibition conference to expand


    The Danish Cinema Exhibitors' Association (Danske Biografer) is to host its third European Cinema Exhibition at the European Film College in Ebeltoft (Demark) from June 4-8 - and for the first time follow it up with another in Rome from Sep 24-28.
  • Devdas delights audiences at Denmark's NatFilm fest


    Bollywood was yet again the big winner at Denmark's NatFilm Festival, which ended its first year as a two nation event on Sunday by handing out the audience award to Sajay Leela Bhansali's Devdas.
  • Nordic films fight off Hollywood releases


    Denmark's most prolific producer Regner Grasten returned to form with his latest film Anja After Viktor, which drew 81,700 admissions ($622,500) this weekend, dethroning local hit: Anders Thomas Jensen's The Green Butchers from the number one spot.
  • Newcomer wins Denmark's NatFilm Natsvaermer award


    At the opening gala for the 14th edition of Denmark's NatFilm Festival newcomer Jannik Johansen received the Natsvaermer Award along with $3,600, which is presented annually to a new talent.
  • Nordisk Film reports $1.4m loss despite increased revenues


    Major Danish Media Group Egmont has reported a 5% increase in revenues for 2002 to Euros 1.2bn, while its film division Nordisk Film registered a Euros 1.3m loss despite improved revenues - from Euros 399m in 2001 to Euros 432m in 2002.
  • Rising Danish star takes on Norwegian thriller


    Hot Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen is to star in Erich Hortnagl's Norwegian psychological thriller A Cry In The Woods (Den som frykter ulven).
  • Focus closes North American deal on Love


    Focus Featureshas acquired North American rights to Thomas Vinterberg's It's All AboutLove from Denmark'sNimbus Film. As reported earlier in Screen International negotiations have beenongoing since the film's world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Bille August gets Hans Christian Andersen Award, prepares biopic


    Danish expatriate filmmaker Bille August will receive The Hans Christian Andersen Award 2003 from the city Odense, where the world famous author was born 198 years ago, on April 2.
  • Intended is late addition to Denmark's NatFilm


    Danish expatriate Kristian Levring's new film The Intended, which screened in Toronto last year, will have its first screening in his home country as a late addition to the already packed NatFilm Festival programme.
  • Danish talent attracted to historical drama


    Danish director Jorn Faurschou and producer Henrik Moller-Sorensen have attracted three major local names to head up the cast on the $3.3m (DKR22m) historic drama Dagen Og Vejen.
  • New head of production appointed at Nordisk Film


    Norwegian producer Aage Aaberge has been named head of feature film production at Nordisk Film & TV in Norway to boost the company's production volume.
  • Finnish Grand Prix goes to Australian Projectionist


    At the 33rd International Short Film Festival in the Finnish inland city of Tampere, the international jury awarded Michael Bates' Australian stop-motion film The Projectionist with the Grand Prix - out of the 75 shorts and documentaries from 36 countries in the international competition.
  • Denmark's NatFilm reveals fest programme


    The line-up for the 14th edition of Copenhagen's NatFilm Festival (Mar 28-Apr 6) contains 143 features and documentaries, including many of the hottest titles from the recent Berlin Film Festival.
  • Denmark's Steen wins best actress & supporting actress awards - again


    Danish actress Paprika Steen made awards history on Sunday by winning both best actress and best supporting actress prizes at the Danish film critics' Bodil Awards - having done exactly the same at last month's Danish academy awards, the Roberts.
  • THINKFilm buys Scherfig's Berlin hit Wilbur


    THINKFilm has acquired all North American rights to Lone Scherfig's darkly humorous drama Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself.
  • Inheritance inherits Danish box-office crown


    Per Fly's highly anticipated new film, Inheritance (Arven), was very well received by both critics and audiences on its opening weekend in Denmark, which was the biggest for a local film this year.
  • Icelandic Film Foundation drafts in new chief


    The Icelandic Film Foundation, the new name for The Icelandic Film Fund, has appointed Laufey Gudjonsdottir as its new managing director. .
  • Shooting Stars head for NatFilm festival


    Six of Berlin's Shooting Stars will travel to Danish NatFilm Festival, for its opening gala on March 27 in Copenhagen.
  • Europe gets Dogme Blues


    Natascha Arthy's Dogme film Old New Borrowed And Blue has notched up brisk sales for Trust Film Sales, which sold German and Austrian rights to Senator.
  • Danish duo create five-for-one animation plan


    Danish producer-distributor Angel Films has joined with Anders Morgenthaler's TV-Animation in a new production outfit Five For One, which plans to produce five digital animated children's features.
  • Iceland's youngest film-maker readies gay football feature


    Iceland's youngest, yet most prolific, filmmaker Robert Douglas is preparing his third feature film, Off Side, which has been put on the fast track after Ingvar Thordarson (101 Reykjavík) stepped in as co-producer along with director-producer Julius Kemp.
  • Trust takes on international sales for Details


    Denmark's Trust Film Sales will be handling international sales of the Swedish film Details, the highly anticipated new film from writer-director Kristian Petri.
  • Nordisk Film forges alliance with Finland's MRP


    Nordic major Nordisk Film has signed an output deal with the prolific Finnish production outfit MRP Matila Röhr Productions.
  • Confidence


  • Danish Hitman takes aim at Hollywood


    The Danish computer game Hitman looks to be the next hit game to get the Hollywood treatment.
  • Open Hearts, Facing The Truth win Danish Academy Awards


    At the Danish Film Academy's 20th ROBERT award ceremony on Sunday night in Copenhagen, Susanne Bier's Dogme-hit Open Hearts and veteran Nils Malmros' Facing The Truth fought it out for the top awards, while Ole Bornedal's I Am Dina dominated the technical prizes.
  • Refn and Danstrup form alliance with Nordisk Film


    Following the successful world premiere of Fear X in Sundance, the Danish director-producer duo, Nicolas Winding Refn and Henrik Danstrup have announced that they will establish a joint company with Danish major Nordisk Film for their next two films.
  • Noi The Albino sweeps Goteborg


    Icelandic newcomer Dagur Kari's Noi The Albino dominated the awards at the Göteborg film festival in Sweden.
  • The Station Agent


  • Danish Film Institute backs four films


    The Danish Film Institute has backed three new Danish films as well as a Danish co-production.
  • Thirteen


    Dir: Catherine Hardwicke. US. 2002. 100mins
  • Kaurismaki sweeps local Finnish awards


    Aki Kaurismaki swept all but a few of the local Finnish film Jussi awards on Sunday night in Helsinki.
  • Zentropa pulls plug on internet outfit Tvropa


    The dotcom ambitions of the low-budget mavericks at Denmark's Zentropa have finally hit the rocks.
  • ...while Okay and Open Hearts dominate Danish Oscar nominations


    Susanne Bier's Dogme hit Open Hearts and Jesper W. Nielsen's Okay both scooped nine nominations for the Danish Oscars, the 20th Robert Film Awards
  • Danish stars line up for Nielsen's Bouncer


    Denmark's two most internationally recognised actors, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Iben Hjejle, have signed up to star in Jesper W. Nielsen's drama The Bouncer (Loeftet), which starts shooting in Copenhagen Jan13.
  • Kaurismaki tops Finnish award nominations


    Aki Kaurismaki can no longer be said to be an unrecognised filmmaker in his native Finland after his award-winning The Man Without A Past became his most successful film at the local box-office ever and picked up the highest number of nominations for the local film awards: the Jussi. Best film, direction and script for Kaurismaki as well as nominations for best actor, actress, cinematography and editing.
  • Third Danish film confirmed for Berlin's Kinderfilmfest


    Danish animator Jannik Hastrup's latest feature-length animation, The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Bear (Drengen Der Ville Gore Det Umulige), has become the third Danish film to be confirmed for the Berlinale's Kinderfilmfest.
  • Denmark's Ole Bornedal joins Thura Film


    Danish filmmaker Ole Bornedal has joined long-time collaborator Michael Obel's Thura Film, which was behind his debut hit thriller Nattevagten in 1994.
  • Copenhagen Film Festival sets launch date


    After juggling with different launch dates for months the new Copenhagen International Film Festival (CIFF) has set the date for its first edition, Aug13-20 2003.
  • Four new Nordic children's films head for Berlin


    Scandinavian children's films have always been well represented at Berlin International Film Festival's Kinderfilmfest, and next year's first edition under it's new headmaster, Thomas Hailer, will be no exception
  • Norwegian Film Fund backs Play, Bum's Rush


    The Norwegian Film Fund has invested in two new feature films, the Norwegian Play and Scottish/Norwegian The Bum's Rush, with $276,000 (NKR2m) and $317,000 (NKR2.3m) respectively.
  • Denmark's Zentropa returns to quality porn


    Denmark's mavericks at Zentropa are about to revive their ambitions of making quality porn for women.
  • Svensk Filmindustri gets first look on Early Bird output


    Nordic media major Svensk Filmindustri has signed a first look deal with the Danish-Swedish production outfit Early Bird Films.
  • Danish production companies unite for $13m, five-feature slate


    Two Danish production outfits Easy Film and ASA Film have joined forces to produce their future projects in collaboration.
  • Danish animation gets French world premiere


    Danish animator Jannik Hastrup will give his new feature-length animated film, The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Bear (Drengen Der Ville Gore Det Umulige), its world premiere in France and Benelux on Dec18 as L'enfant Qui Voulait Etre Un Ours.
  • Smile snaps up Sinatra pic for Scandinavia


    Copenhagen-based Smile Entertainment has acquired the Scandinavian rights to Paul Goldman's The Night We Called It A Day, which started shooting in Australia earlier this month for Scala Productions and Ocean Pictures.
  • Sherfig's Wilbur opens to strong Danish results


  • Danes win multi-million film support package


    The Danish government has won political backing to pass a new $237m support plan for the film industry, spread over four years and provided by both public broadcasters and the state.
  • Local films in Estonia, Serbia/Montenegro smash opening records


    Local films in both Estonia and Serbia/Montenegro have this week smashed local box-office records, each taking more in their home territories on their opening weekend than blockbuster Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone.
  • Danish veteran Holst goes solo


    Danish veteran producer Per Holst, who won the Palme d'Or, Golden Globe and Academy Award for Pelle The Conqueror, has once again set up his own production company after working under major Nordisk Film for some 10 years.
  • Rialto Film is first in line for Dear Wendy


    Switzerland's Rialto Film has been the first to pick up distribution rights to Dear Wendy, the highly-anticipated collaboration between Denmark's award-winning filmmakers, Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg.
  • Bornedal writes Just Another Love Story


    Danish filmmaker Ole Bornedal is putting the final touches on a new feature script, Just Another Love Story, set to go before the cameras in spring-summer 2003.
  • Von Trier eyes Kidman for USA trilogy


    Danish maverick Lars von Trier has been so pleased with the results of his highly anticipated new film Dogville, that he has started to write a sequel called Manderlay - in what will be the second part of his planned new ``U.S.A. Trilogy - especially for Nicole Kidman.
  • Dragonflies takes off with Nordic Film Days award


    Marius Holst has walked off with the main award - the NDR Promotion Prize - for Norwegian drama Dragonflies, at the 44th edition of the Nordic Film Days in the German city of Lübeck.
  • US buyers kill for Wilbur premiere in Copenhagen


    Several leading US buyers will be leaving the halls of MIFED this week for a flying visit to Copenhagen where the attraction will be the first ever screening of Lone Scherfig's highly anticipated Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself, the follow-up to her Berlin Silver-Bear winning Italian For Beginners.
  • Man Without A Past wins new Nordic prize, joins Oscar race


    The Nordic Council's Film Prize 2002, which was awarded for the first time on Tuesday night, went to Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki for The Man Without A Past - which has also been selected as the Finnish candidate for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.
  • Danes choose Dogme hit Open Hearts for Oscar race


    As expected, Susanne Bier's acclaimed Dogme hit Open Hearts (Elsker Dig For Evigt) has been chosen as the Danish candidate for the Academy Awards' best foreign language film Oscar.
  • Locally-produced family films dominate Nordic box office


    Locally-produced family films are enjoying a strong run at the Nordic box-office, with home-grown films proving more than a match for US product.
  • Indigenous Sami people ready second movie for release


    With a tiny population spread across the outer reaches of Scandinavia, it seems incredible that the indigenous Sami people can boast of a film-making culture.
  • The Intended


  • All-star cast lines up for Olesen's Crimes


    An impressive cast of Danish talent is lining up to star in award-winning local filmmaker Annette K. Olesen's Crimes, the 10th Dogme-style production to come out of the territory.
  • Local films steer Danish box office to 19-year high


    Local Danish product is continuing to fend off Hollywood competition, as Tomas Villum Jensen's family film My Sister's Kids In The Snow easily outperformed competitive release The Sum Of All Fears.
  • Two Nordic majors gear up for market growth


    Sweden's Svensk Filmindustri and Denmark's Nordisk Film have both announced new appointments as part of their ambitions to increase their activities in the Scandinavian market.
  • Nominees announced for Nordic council's new film prize


    The nominees for the inaugural $46,000 (DKR350,000) Nordic Council's Film Prize, which will be awarded at the council's 50th anniversary on October 29, include ten new films from Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland.
  • Danish award-winner lands first lead role


    Danish actress Susanne Juhasz who won the prestigious Bodil Award as best supporting actress for her film debut One Hand Clapping, has landed her first leading role in newcomer Oliver Kanafani's feature directing debut Sten, Saks, Papir (working title).
  • Danish quartet launches Fine & Mellow


    The team behind the Danish box-office success Shake It All About has set up a new production outfit, Fine & Mellow, to handle the future projects from talents Hella Joof, Jannik Johansen and Line Knutzon.
  • Foreign films take top Danish children's awards


    At the 3rd Copenhagen International Children's Film Festival - BUSTER - which ended this weekend, Achero Manas' Spanish The Pellet (El Bola) and Nabil Ayouch's French-Maroccan Ali Zaoua took top honours.
  • Danish Film Institute greenlights first-time directors


    Four new Danish films have been green-lighted after receiving funding from the Danish Film Institute (DFI).
  • Open Hearts, The Sea do storming business in the Nordic region


    US blockbuster Signs may have dominated many of the bigger European territories, but in the Nordic countries two home grown titles are generating big returns.In Denmark, Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's new film Open Hearts (Elsker Dig For Evigt) (pictured), which screens in competition at San Sebastian this week, has again proven that local product can be more than a match for US blockbusters.Despite hot September weather and competition from a national ...
  • France's Haut Et Court takes two from Trust


    Denmark's Trust Film Sales rounded a busy Toronto off with further sales on their two hot titles, Susanne Bier's Open Hearts and Lukas Moodysson's Lilja 4-Ever, to France's Haut Et Court. The French company also handled Moodysson's Together with great success.
  • France's Haut Et Court takes two from Trust


    Denmark's Trust Film Sales rounded a busy Toronto off with further sales on their two hot titles, Susanne Bier's Open Hearts and Lukas Moodysson's Lilja 4-Ever, to France's Haut Et Court. The French company also handled Moodysson's Together with great success.
  • US rights to Denmark's Open Hearts go to Newmarket


    Susanne Bier's Danish drama Open Hearts has been picked up for US distribution by Bob Berney's Newmarket Films, marking the first straight acquisition for the company which is a division of Newmarket Capital Group. The film, sold by Trust Film Sales, was given a private screening at Cannes this year but had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week and is in main competition at San Sebastian later this month.
  • US rights to Denmark's Open Hearts go to Newmarket


    Susanne Bier's Danish drama Open Hearts has been picked up for US distribution by Bob Berney's Newmarket Films, marking the first straight acquisition for the company which is a division of Newmarket Capital Group. The film, sold by Trust Film Sales, was given a private screening at Cannes this year but had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week and is in main competition at San Sebastian later this month.
  • Danish film industry accepts government cutbacks


    Denmark's new right-wing cultural minister, Brian Mikkelsen, is to cut direct government support for film by $3.2m. However, protest and resistance on the part of the Danish film industry remains uncharacteristically absent.
  • Latin films honoured at Films From South festival


    Denmark'sFilms From The South Festival is this to focus onLatin American cinema and will open in Copenhagen on Sep 5 with Walter Salles Brazilian drama Behind The Sun (Abril Despedacado).
  • Vinterberg to direct von Trier's Dear Wendy


    Two of Denmark's most acclaimed filmmakers, Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg - who together fathered the influential Dogme95 movement - are once again joining forces.
  • Restructured Nordisk Film aims for former glory


    Nordic media giant Egmont has once again restructured it film divisions and has merged its production outfit Nordisk Film with distribution arm Egmont Entertainment, into a new entity called Nordisk Film.
  • Polish composer scores English-language Danish tale


    Multiple award-winning Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner is to compose the score for Thomas Vinterberg's highly anticipated science-fiction fable It's All About Love, which is in the final stages of post-production in Copenhagen.
  • Bergman donates archives to new Foundation


    The Swedish filmmaking legend Ingmar Bergman has donated his manuscripts, notebooks, plot summaries, sketches, photographs and behind-the-scenes films to the Swedish Film Institute (SFI) and the newly-established Ingmar Bergman Foundation.
  • Music For Weddings And Funerals to open Haugesund


    The highly anticipated new drama from Unni Straume, Music For Weddings And Funerals (Musikk For Bryllup Og Begravelser), will be the opening film of this year's Norwegian film festival in Haugesund (Aug 18-25).
  • Danish Film Institute backs foreign-language co-productions


    Two new foreign-language projects have tapped the Danish Film Institute's under-exploited funds. The two, both co-produced with Zentropa, are eligible for DFI support with a local minority co-production partner on board.
  • Langhelle reveives Norway's prestigious Aamot Award


    The coveted Aamot Award, given by Norway's film distribution professionals and theatre managers, has been bestowed on local actor Joergen Langhelle for his contribution to Norwegian film. The prize has existed since 1959 and is considered to be the finest, as it for some 30 years was the only major cinema award in Norway.
  • Gimmick boosts Denmark's digital post-production status


    Denmark has increased its already considerable status as a source of state-of-the-art digital post-production, with the launch of start-up outfit, Gimmick..
  • The Man Without A Past has a promising future


    Aki Kaurismaki's Cannes Grand Jury prize winner, The Man Without A Past, has been snapped up by Sony Pictures Classics for the US, while in its home territory, the film has seen an 80% leap at the local box office.
  • Sweden's Film I Vast lines up another busy slate


    Swedish regional film fund Film I Vast has lined up another busy schedule, including the eagerly awaited new film from Jalla! Jalla! director Josef Fares.
  • Icon falls for Trust's Hearts and Wilbur


    Icon has picked up UK and Australian rights to two of Trust Film Sales' hottest new Zentropa titles, Susanne Bier's Dogme-drama Open Hearts and Lone Scherfig's English-language romance Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself.Arsenal Filmverleigh and Shani Films have also taken German and Israeli rights to Open Hearts, which has already been invited to the main competition in San Sebastian.
  • Carlyle says hello to Saying Goodbye To Mr. Welcome


    Robert Carlyle, star of the hotly pursued Directors Fortnight title Once Upon A Time In The Midlands, has boarded psychological thriller Saying Goodbye To Mr. Welcome, which Gillian Barrie of Sigma Films will co-produce with Denmark's Zentropa.
  • Icelandic Film Corporation heats up buying activity


    Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's Icelandic Film Corporation (IFC) has stepped up its buying/distribution ambitions, picking titles like 24 Hour Party People and Once Upon A Time In The Midlands even before their screening in Cannes.
  • SF Bio to help promote short films in Sweden


    Swedish major SF Bio will be giving new filmmaking talent a chance to have their short films screened in cinemas across the country from this autumn.
  • Thura Film has Itch and Blues


    Copenhagen-based Thura Film, which has offices in London and LA, is lining up a slate of new projects following their action-comedy Old Men In New Cars, which is getting good feedback in the market.
  • Snapper, Two Drivers alliance starts with two Minnie features


    Juha Wuolijoki's New York and Helsinki-based Snapper Films has formed an alliance with Minnie Driver's outfit Two Drivers, which the actress runs with her sister Kate Driver and producer Lisa Fielding.
  • Svensk Filmindustrie to set up Danish specialist arm


    Nordic major Svensk Filmindustrie's Danish branch SF-Film is to launch a new division in a bid to take a greater share of the booming local market.
  • Zentropa unleashes 'Dogumentary' label


    Under a new 'Dogumentary' label, Denmark's Zentropa has finalised deals for a slate of docs to be mentored by Lars von Trier as a documentary equivalent to his Dogme-movement.
  • Zentropa launches Industrial revolution


    First there was Dogme. Now Danish maverick outfit Zentropa has a launched a new label - this time with even more confining rules. Industrial Films DK will champion ultra-low budget films from new directing talent.
  • Zentropa launches Industrial revolution


    First there was Dogme. Now Danish maverick outfit Zentropa has a launched a new label - this time with even more confining rules. Industrial Films DK will champion ultra-low budget films from new directing talent.
  • Danish Oscar-winning short earns US remake


    Danish newcomer Martin Strange's film Feeling Desire (Naar Lysterne Taendes), has won the Oscar for best foreign student film, which will be awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture and Arts and Sciences on June 9.
  • Jannike Ahlund appointed new director of Sweden's Goteborg Film Festival


    Jannike Ahlund has been appointed director of Sweden's Goteborg Film Festival, the annual focus of the Nordic film industry which celebrated its 25th anniversary in January.
  • TIME media law division expanded by DLA & Partners


    Major European law alliance DLA & Partners (D&P), who established an international law alliance with one of Scandinavia's largest law firms Lindh Stabell Horten (LSH) last May, is to expand LSH's media arm, TIME, to include European and Asia clients.
  • First-time director to make Finland's first Kung-Fu movie


    Lars von Trier's Dancer In The Dark co-producer, Blind Spot Pictures, is to produce Finland's first-ever Kung-Fu movie, from first-time director Antti-Jussi Annila.
  • Nordisk Film adds to Egmont's profits slump


    Newly restructured Nordic media major Egmont revealed its highest revenues ever on Wednesday (April 24) - at the same time as announcing a 67% dive in after-tax profits.
  • MRP plans Finland's first digital cinema


    Finland's MRP: Matila & Rohr Productions is planning to build the country's first digital cinema. 'We are building it from scratch,' Marko Rohr told Screendaily, 'it will have three screens and is the next obvious step for us in our ambitions to be involved in every part of the film chain.'
  • Kaurismaki sheds past, switches sales to Bavaria Film


    Germany's Bavaria Film International has picked up international sales rights to Aki Kaurismaki's new film The Man Without A Past (Mies Vailla Menneisyytta), which will appear in a Cannes competition slot.
  • Kragh-Jacobsen starts filming on English-language Skagerrak


    Denmark's Iben Hjejle and New Zealand's Martin Henderson top the international casting line-up for veteran Soren Kragh-Jacobsen's Skagerrak, the highly anticipated English-language follow-up to his Berlin Silver Bear-winning Mifune
  • Danish fest audience awards Lagaan distribution cash


    At the closing ceremony of Denmark's 13th NatFilm Festival in Copenhagen (April 14), the event's audience voted the Indian cricket-musical Lagaan yet another prize, but this time one which means it will get a theatrical release in Denmark.
  • Ulrich Thomsen to star in Fly's Arven for Zentropa


    One of the most well-known Danish actors working abroad, Ulrich Thomsen, has returned to home turf to play the lead in Arven (literal translation The Inheritance), the eagerly awaited new film from writer-director Per Fly.
  • Festival chief Bergdahl exits Gothenburg


    Gunnar Bergdahl is steeping down as head of Sweden's Gothenburg Film Festival, the most important meeting place for the Nordic film industry.
  • Cool & Crazy bags Jensen first ever repeat award


    The multiple-award-winning Norwegian documentary Cool & Crazy, which generated more than half a million admissions in its home territory last year, has secured filmmaker Knut Erik Jensen his second national Film Critics Award, the first time a director has ever won the prize twice.
  • Denmark's NatFilm dedicated to Stroheim


    This year's NatFilm Festival, the biggest film event in Denmark, will feature a special tribute to Austrian director and actor Erich von Stroheim (1885-1957).
  • Danish film panned by critics, loved by audiences


    Despite getting a critical mauling from the local press, Danish comedy, Polle Fiction, had the third highest ever opening in Denmark with 80,473 admissions, behind Anja & Viktor (157,000) and Olsen-Bandens Sidste Stik (100,000).
  • Pusher director Refn shoots English-language debut


    Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn starts shooting his long-anticipated English-language debut Fear X today, with John Turturro signed up to star and backing from the UK's Moviehouse Entertainment.(March 11).
  • UK actors cast for Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself


    Denmark's Lone Scherfig is following her Berlin Silver Bear-winning Italian For Beginners with Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself, which started shooting on location in Glasgow on Monday March 4.
  • Lauren Bacall hands out Denmark's Bodil Awards


    Lauren Bacall was the guest of honour at Sunday's Bodil Awards in Denmark, where she handed the best film prize to director Ole Christian Madsen for Kira's Reason.
  • Lauren Bacall to present Denmark's top film award


    Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall will add extra glamour to this weekend's award ceremony in Copenhagen, when the Danish association of film critics hands out its prestigious Bodil awards on March 3.
  • Special Oscar for Sweden's Super-16 inventor


    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood has decided to give an Award of Commendation (a special Academy Award) to the Swedish cinematographer Rune Ericson, who invented the Super 16-system in the early 70s.
  • Denmark's DFL to develop system for Microsoft


    Denmark's Digital Film Lab (DFL) has moved into a new direction with a contract from Microsoft Corp./LA to develop the implementation of High Definition in a future version of the Windows Media Player.
  • Two major Nordic industry events join forces


    The Nordic region's two major festival and market events have joined forces to increase their international profile.
  • Sweden's Film I Vast lines up topnotch local slate


    Film I Vast, Sweden's successful regional film fund, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in January, has lined up another busy schedule, including highly anticipated new films from Jalla! Jalla! director Josef Fares, Executive Protection's Anders Nilson and Dan Ying (Home Sour Home).
  • Costa Gavras defends Amen against Vatican critics


    At a Berlinale press conference for his controversial film Amen, the film's director, Constantin Costa-Gavras, was tackled by a priest from the Vatican who accused him of digging up the past without adequate research. Having responded, he left Rolf Hochhuth, the playwright who wrote the book on which the film was based, to field journalists' questions.
  • Danish Roberts ruled by Kira's Reason


    Ole Christian Madsen's acclaimed Dogme title Kira's Reason (En Kaerlighedshistorie) bagged five major prizes at the Danish Oscars, the 19th Robert Film Awards
  • Fall in govt funds ahead for Danish film industry


    The thriving Danish film industry could be in for an unpleasant shock when the new rightwing government's financial policy comes into action next year.
  • Pippi Longstocking creator dies, aged 94


    Astrid Lindgren the godmother of Swedish children's literature and creator of world-famous characters like Pippi Longstocking, Emil From Lonneberga, Ronja Robber's Daughter and The Brothers Lionhearth has died after suffering from a serious virus infection for a month.
  • Japan's Go is the pick of Palm Springs


    Among the 45 of the 51 Oscar submissions which screened at the 13th Palm Springs International Film Festival which wrapped Sunday (Jan 25), Japan's Isao Yukisada's coming-of-age drama Go was the pick of the FIPRESCI jury, which this year consisted of film critics from Yugoslavia, Germany, Denmark, Australia and the US.
  • Scherfig commits to English-language Suicide


    Lone Scherfig, director of Denmark's foreign-language Oscar hopeful Italian For Beginners, is to make her first English-language film.
  • Shake It All About stirs up Danish awards list


    First-time director Hella Joof's crowd-pleasing romantic comedy Shake It All About (En Kort En Lang) heads the list of nominations for the Robert awards, a prize giving ceremony that will cap off a sparkling year for Danish film.
  • Danish Film Institute appoints Geertsen


    The Danish Film Institute has appointed 45-year-old Anders Geertsen new area manager for distribution and marketing.
  • Danish films hit 20-year high at home


    Danish films hit the box-office jackpot at local cinemas last year, with a 20-year high of 3.6m admissions.
  • Nordic distrib SF Norge acquires Monster stake


    Norway's leading distributor, SF Norge, subsidiary of Nordic major Svensk Filmindustri (SF), has acquired a substantial stake in local start-up production outfit Monster Media.
  • Bacall, Gazzara join von Trier's Dogville


    Hollywood veterans Lauren Bacall and Ben Gazzara have been the latest additions to the all-star cast of Danish maverick Lars von Trier's highly anticipated follow-up to the multiple award-winning Dancer In The Dark.
  • CinemaxX reverses sell-off policy, expands Denmark


    German exhibition group CinemaxX, which embarked on a sell-off programme to ease its financial concerns, has done a policy U-turn and will now hold on to its Danish theatrical complexes.
  • Angel first of new distribution deals for Scanbox


    The former Danish entertainment company Scanbox has signed a new deal for theatrical distribution with Mogens Glad's independent outfit Angel Films. While the current deal only covers Denmark, Scanbox is expected to announce similar agreements for the other Nordic countries.
  • Danish films hit record market share at home


    As Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone sweeps across Scandinavia, few other films have had much chance of attracting any attention - with the notable exception of local titles. Danish films, in particular, continue to prove their appeal. Indeed, During the first 9 months of 2001, Danish films have sold some 2.4m tickets at home, pushing the local market share to a record 31%.
  • Danish film institute appoints new consultant


    The Danish Film Institute has appointed the 66-year-old Morten Grunwald as film consultant in charge of new projects in collaboration with Vinca Wiedemann, film consultant since 1999, who, at the same time, has had her contract extended another two years. Between them, the consultants manage some $8.9m (DKR75.5m) annually.
  • Danish films continue market-beating home runs


    In a year that will no doubt go down as the most profitable ever for Danish films in their home market, new films continue to impress at the box-office, with Friday's release of Niels Arden Oplev's black comedy Fukssvansen taking the top spot from Rush Hour 2 with 25,788 admissions from 46 prints.
  • Truly Human tops Luebeck's Nordic Film Days


    Danish Dogme-title Truly Human (Et Rigtigt Menneske) went away with top honours, the NDR-Foerderpreis worth $11,500 (DM25,000) and the Baltischer Filmpreis, at the 43rd Nordic Film Days in Luebeck, Germany.
  • Refn secures Eno to score Fear X


    Musician and producer Brian Eno is to score Nicolas Winding Refn's English-language debut, Fear X.
  • Bergman marries up again with Ullman, Josephson


    Sweden's most renowned filmmaker, 83 year-old veteran Ingmar Bergman, has written a TV-movie for national broadcaster SVT Fiktion entitled Anna, which is set to shoot in 2002.
  • Danish Film body may sack critical consultants


    The Danish Film Institute (DFI) has suspended two of its film consultants, Thomas Danielsson and Gert Duve Skovlund, for publicly rubbishing a new production, Jolly Roger, which they themselves had awarded state funds worth $900,000 (DKR 7.5m).
  • Svensk Filmindustrie appoints new acquisition head


    Nordic major Svensk Filmindiustri's veteran head of acquisitions: Anders Bergholm is to hand over his duties to new head Robert Enmark, as of Nov 2.
  • Egmont takes Scandi rights to Skagerrak


    Nordic major Egmont has taken Scandinavian rights to Soren Kragh-Jacobsen's Skagerrak, the veteran director's second English-language film after 1997's The Island On Bird Street.
  • Musa: The Warrior


  • Lars von Trier lines up Wagner and Wendy


    Fully living up to his maverick reputation, Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier (pictured), will not only direct Richard Wagner's mammoth 3-day long opera The Ring Of The Nibelungen in Germany but is writing a US-set film that features guns - but not lead girls.
  • Industry mourns tragic death of Steen S. Larsen


    One of the most respected and competent cinema builders in Europe died on Monday Oct 8, when Nordic major Nordisk Film Biografer's vice president of Logistics, Steen S. Larsen, was among the passengers killed on board the SAS flight that tragically crashed in Milan.
  • Interactive Dogme film heads for MIPCOM


    On the eve of the Millennium, the four Danish directors behind the Dogme 95 movement spent the crucial hour between 23.30 and 00.40 making their first film together -the first interactive TV movie, simply known as D-Dag (D-Day). The movie, which had its world premiere at the Danish TV-Festival, will make it's international premiere at MIPCOM, where Trust Film Sales' Rikke Ennis will present the film as well as the concept.
  • Sweden's Film I Vast to sponsor Goteborg festival


    Sweden's successful regional fund, Film I Vast has become the new backer of the Nordic Film Award at the Goteborg Film Festival.
  • TV commercials break out into feature films


    Start-up Danish production outfit, FilmPeople, has begun production on its first independent project, Polle Fiction (pictured), a feature comedy based on a TV commercial.
  • Moritzen appointed at Danish Film Institute


    Marianne Moritzen has been appointed new head of development at the department for Production & Development at the Danish Film Institute following former head Lars Hermann's decision to move on to manage Egmont-owned Nordisk Film's new conglomeration of it's post-production in FilmTeknik A/S.
  • Acquisitions boost for Nordic Smile


    Nordic distribution and production outfit Smile Entertainment, which has divisions in Denmark and Finland, has boosted rights acquisitions, grabbing a number of new titles for Scandinavia.
  • Danish producer duo return to Early Bird


    Passing the reins of Zentropa Internationale to Kaare Schmidt, the producer duo Ole Sondberg and Lars Sund Duus have left Zentropa to set up projects via their own outfit Early Bird. Zentropa Internationale is the international arm of Denmark's progressive production outfit and was set up one and a half year ago.
  • Sweden's STV gets Happy Life for three years


    Sweden's national broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) has signed an agreement with local media major Svensk Filmindustri (SF) and it's subsidy Happy Life, which will span three years and more than 80 hours of entertainment for kids.
  • Denmark's Trust Film Sales gets Manic


    American newcomer Jordan Melamed's Manic has been picked up by Denmark's Trust Film Sales, which is now presenting the film at Toronto.
  • Hermann to head Nordisk post-production facilities


    Despite the fact that the appointment, in January 2000, of producer Lars Hermann as head of development for the Danish Film Institute was widely approved by the local industry, he has decided to move on to head up Nordisk Film's new conglomeration of it's post-production facilities ShortCut and Johan Ankerstjerne A/S, now called FilmTeknik A/S. ShortCut will continue as a brand for the company's digital activities.
  • Denmark's Egmont announces restructuring plan


    Nordic media major Egmont has announced a significant change in its group management structure. Analysts call the initiative vigorous as new CEO, Steffen Kragh only took up his position three weeks ago.
  • Danish action-comedy sequel to film in Sweden


    The follow-up to the first and so far only Danish action-comedy In China They Eat Dogs, which was well received by audiences and critics alike in 1999, Old Men In New Cars (In China They Eat Dogs 2), is getting ready to shoot in Sweden, after regional fund Film I Vast provided the final piece of the $1.8m (DKR14.5m) budget.
  • Sandrew wins case against A.I. certification


    Nordic distribution major Sandrew Metronome has won a court appeal against the decision of the Swedish State Board of Censors, which would have prevented children under the age of15 from seeing Steven Spielberg's AI: Artificial Intelligence.
  • Bellaiche joins I/S Danske Filmproducenter


    Festival veteran Lissy Bellaiche has been appointed head of sales for I/S Danske Filmproducenter, a company handling Nordic TV-rights for an extensive catalogue comprising many hundreds of Danish films from production outfits like Nordisk Film, Sandrew Metronome, Scanbox, Crone Film, Palladium and Dagmar Film.
  • New Country tops Nordic awards at Haugesund


    Swedish dramatic comedy The New Country bagged two major awards -- best film and best screenplay -- at the closing ceremony of the New Nordic Films, the prelude event to the Norwegian International Film Festival. The 29th edition rolls today until Sept. 1 in Haugesund.
  • Swedish thriller sees off the competition


    Not even a record-breaking heatwave combined with fierce US blockbuster competition could prevent local Swedish action-thriller, Executive Protection (Livvakterna) from drawing appreciative crowds and topping the Swedish box office last weekend.
  • Norway's PM criticised for Cool And Crazy


    Norwegian prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, has been accused by the local media of double standards in his election campaign.
  • Carlstrom strikes first look deal with SF


    Nordic major Svensk Filmindustri (SF) has signed a first -look deal with Swedish producer Bjorn Carlstrom, who previously spent 10 years working for competitor Sonet Film.
  • Danish Feltwave goes into receivership


    Feltwave, the Danish-based sister operation of Increasingly prolific London-based post operation WAVEpictures, has gone into receivership, citing a downturn in the TV sector.
  • Renny Harlin to shoot Finnish WWII movie


    Finnish expatriate and Hollywood director Renny Harlin is set to return to his homeland, to direct a World War II drama, for the first time since making his US debut as director of A Nightmare On Elm Street 4 in 1988.
  • Nordisk and TV2 launch 'Director's Cut'


    Danish major Nordisk Film and national broadcaster TV2 have formed a pact to produce feature films with an average budget of $1m (DKR8.5m). Titled 'Director's Cut' the project has four directors already attached - veterans Morten Arnfred and Birger Larsen, and newcomers Tomas Villum Jensen and Christoffer Boe, the latter fresh from the Danish Film School.
  • Local comedy takes Danish box office record


  • Local pick-up leads UIP Denmark in new direction


    The Danish branch of UIP has revealed that it is embarking on a search for local films to distribute.
  • Kidman puts pen to paper on Dogville contract


    Zentropa now claims Nicole Kidman has signed on the dotted line to star in Lars von Trier's Dogville after all - an agreement clearly hastened by noises from the film's producers earlier this week that a new lead was being sought because of the Australian actress' apparent hesitancy to commit.
  • Trust snaps up record-breaking Elling


    Zentropa's sales outfit Trust Film Sales has picked up international sales rights to the most popular Norwegian film in recent history, Peter Naess' comedy Elling. Produced by new outfit Maipo TV & Film and producer Dag Alveberg, the $1.6m (NKR15m) film has been distributed by United International Pictures' local branch, and will be handled by Universal in the Nordic region. The film set new box-office records in Norway with 700,000 admissions, and managed to stay in the top ...
  • Denmark media giant Egmont names surprise chief


    Nordic media major Egmont has appointed Steffen Kragh (pictured) from within its own ranks to take over from president and CEO Jan O. Froshaug who quit earlier this year after 14 years in the position.
  • Tom Sizemore joins up to Fear The X


    Fresh from Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, Tom Sizemore has signed up to play the lead in the Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn's english-language debut, Fear The X, co-written by Hubert Selby Jr. (Last Exit To Brooklyn).
  • European bodies unite to form digital forum


    Pulling together a swathe of public and private European film bodies, the nucleus for a single agency representing the Continent's interests in the digital era was formed last week under the banner of the European Digital Cinema Forum.
  • SF backs low-budget film incentive


    The Danish arm of Nordic major Svensk Filmindustri (SF) has signed a first look deal with the young production outfit Buttenschoen & Budde.
  • New York's Snapper teams with Scandinavia's Smile


    New York-based production outfit Snapper Films has partnered with Scandinavia's Smile Entertainment to co-produce a slate of English-language features.
  • Dogme film heads for competition at San Sebastian


    Danish Dogme title Truly Human (Et Rigtigt Menneske) has secured a competition slot at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain in September.
  • Iceland's Kormakur readies trio of new projects


    Hot Icelandic actor-writer-director Baltasar Kormakur is going to follow his festival and crowd pleasing feature directing debut, 101 Reykjavik, with two new films from his own hand as well as one as producer.
  • Concorde, StudioCanal, USA back Zentropa Zhillers


    Germany's Concorde has joined Studiocanal and USA Films in backing the 3-6 picture Zentropa Zhillers slate from Denmark's Zentropa.
  • Vinterberg completes All About Love financing


    Months of controversy ended early this week Thomas Vinterberg's It's All About Love completed its financing.
  • Nordisk pulls all the Strings


    Nordisk Film and director Anders Ronnow-Klarlund's Revival ApS have started production on Strings, an animated feature using marionettes.
  • Pussy Power roars again after Zentropa rethink


    A new company Innocent Pictures is to lick Zentropa's porn for women label Pussy Power into commercial shape.
  • Egmont signs output deal with Zentropa and Nimbus


    Nordic major Egmont Entertainment has struck an output deal with Denmark's two most progressive production outfits, Zentropa and Nimbus Film, securing all theatrical and video distribution rights in Denmark.
  • NonStop subscribes to Swedish Dream


    Sweden's NonStop Sales has secured rights to Swedish feel-good movie, Dream, from new production outfit Finalcut Entertainment.
  • EU awards $2.3m to Swedish regional funds


    The EU funds aimed at supporting social and economic projects joining different regions of Europe has awarded $2.3m (SKK23m) to the regional film funds in Northern Sweden, Norrbotten and Vasterbotten.
  • Danish funds overcome Dogville's language barrier


    Lars von Trier will always be regarded as the exception to any rule, so while there is still some dispute over the Danish Film Institute's reluctance to back Thomas Vinterberg's It's All About Love with more than $357,000 (DKR3m) on the grounds of it being an English-language project, no one is likely to complain about the Institute's $951,000 backing of Denmark's most prominent director's new film Dogville, regardless of it's language.
  • Toronto spotlights Nordic Visions


    At a time when Nordic and especially Danish films are in the public eye: the Danish Berlin winner Italian For Beginners, the pan-Nordic Palme d'Or winner Dancer In The Dark as well as Swedish hit comedies Jalla! Jalla! and Together, it is appropriate that the Toronto International Film Festival has decided to spotlight Nordic cinema in 2001. The programme, titled 'Nordic Visions: Recent Films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden' will feature ...
  • Danish Wise Guy aims for One Hell Of A Christmas


    Denmark's Dogme films this week chalked up another popular success in their home market.
  • Danish Film Institute banks on serious comedies


    The Danish film industry is currentlychurning out comedies with a touch of seriousness, and with Lone Scherfig'sserious dogme comedy Italian For Beginners taking a Silver-Bear inBerlin, other producers are hoping to follow suit. Among the new (romantic) comedy projectsare veteran Gert Fredholm's One Hand Clapping from Zentropa and HellaJoof's feature ...
  • Danish box office


    Following the international success of Lone Scherfig's Italian for Beginners it is no surprise that even after 14 weeks on release is still hanging on to the number two spot with a total of 740.305 admissions so far.
  • JSA - Joint Security Area


  • Zentropa: Bodils well at Danish awards


    At the Bodil Awards on March 4 in Copenhagen, the Danish film-journalists and -critics' association gave out their prestigious prizes to last year's best films and acting talents.
  • Betelnut Beauty


  • Ignorant Fairies


  • Trust turns up sales heat at Berlin


    Armed with hot competition title Italian For Beginners plus the next projects from Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, Scandinavia's Trust Film Sales closed a host of deals in smaller markets this week to emerge as the most prolific sales agent at Berlin.
  • Italian For Beginners


  • Buyers get first taste of Von Trier's Dogville


    Poland's Gutek Film and Switzerland's Monopol Pathe have already signed up for Lars von Trier's next project, Dogville, following the screening in Berlin of a five-minute film, shot last month to test the project's innovative concept.
  • Miramax snaps up Italian For Beginners


    Miramax has acquired Lone Scherfig's dogme title Italian For Beginners, one of the hottest titles in the main competition at the Berlin Film Festival since its screening on Friday, for release in the US, Mexico and English-speaking Canada.
  • Bavaria, Moviefan swoop on Angel projects


    Two projects from Danish producer-distributor Angel Films have been picked up for worldwide sales in the market at Berlin - Laila The Pure, directed by Gabriel Axel (Babette's Feast), which has been bought by Moviefan, and Hella Joof's Shake It All About, which has gone to Bavaria Media.
  • Phoenix joins Danes in Vinterberg's Love


    As expected, Gladiator star Joaquin Phoenix has signed to play the male lead in It's All About Love, a fantasy romance by white-hot Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (Festen). He joins Claire Danes who signed last month (ScreenDaily, Jan 3).
  • Andersson's Songs reigns at Swedish film awards


    Roy Andersson's long-awaited return to feature films, Songs From The Second Floor (Sanger Fran Andra Vaningen), swept all the major awards at the Swedish film awards, the Guldbagga, which took place in Stockholm on Monday night.
  • Danish Film Institute dips into the mainstream


    Denmark's main public funding body, the Danish Film Institute (DFI), is moving towards commercially-driven fare in its latest funding round by awarding $1.89m (DKr15m) to three mainstream, family-oriented films.
  • Bench takes top honours at Danish film awards


    Per Fly's intense and realistic drama The Bench won five awards including best film, best director and best actor (Jesper Christensen) at the Danish Film Academy's Robert awards on Sunday night.
  • Feilberg takes post at Danish Film Institute


    The board of the Danish Film Institute has appointed Lars Feilberg as area manager for production and development, replacing Thomas Stenderup, effective from April. Feilberg has previously held positions as managing director of Domino Film & TV Produktion, MTV Produktion and Endemol Entertainment. He was also a project manager and consultant for Metronome Film & Television in Stockholm.
  • Cool And Crazy bags top award at Goteborg


    Knut Erik Jensen's feature-length documentary Cool And Crazy (Heftig Og Begeistret) picked up the Nordic film award at Scandinavia's largest film event, the Goteborg Film Festival in Sweden, which wrapped on Saturday night.
  • Sweden's NonStop takes on Flickering Lights


    Swedish sales agent NonStop Sales, launched last year at Cannes, has picked up a raft of hot Nordic titles headed by Danish feature Flickering Lights which has racked up admissions of 380,000 at the local box office.
  • Dancer, Bench, Italian split Danish Oscars


    Lars von Trier's Cannes winner Dancer In The Dark, Per Fly's The Bench and Lone Scherfig's Italian For Beginners led the nominations for Denmark's Oscar equivalents, the Robert awards.
  • Scandinavian fears despite $500m admissions boom


    Cinema-going in Scandinavia and the Baltic could explode by almost 40% by 2005 to hit $500m a year, according to the latest research from industry consultants Dodona Research. But, according to separate figues, local films may not benefit from the growth.
  • Claire Danes signs to Vinterberg's sci-fi romance


    Claire Danes has been cast in Danish director Thomas Vinterberg's English-language fantastical romance, It's All About Love.
  • Denmark's TV2 launches development fund


    Danish broadcaster TV2/Denmark, which has become one of the biggest supporters of feature films in Denmark, is to provide the industry with an additional $0.72m (DKr6m) in development funding.
  • Denmark's Italian selected for Berlin competition


  • Memfis, Slot Machine board Vinterberg's Love


    The final pieces of financing have fallen into place on Thomas Vinterberg's eagerly-awaited new project It's All About Love, his first since acclaimed Dogme title The Celebration, with Japan's Shochiku pre-buying Japanese rights and Marianne Slot's Slot Machine and Lars Jonsson's Memfis Film boarding as French and Swedish partners.
  • Don's Plum set to screen at Berlin


    RD Robb's Don's Plum, a controversial film about teenagers hanging out at an all-night diner, which was banned in the US by co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, has been selected for the upcoming Berlin Film Festival's Panorama section.
  • Miracle scores at Copenhagen children's fest


    Danish box office hit Miracle, directed by newcomer Natasha Arthy, was the winner of the BUSTER Grand Prix at the first BUSTER - Copenhagen International Children's Film Festival (November 27 - December 2).
  • Flickering Lights puts Grinch in the shade


    Danish films are coming out in force this autumn, fighting for a share of the local audience. Barely a week goes by without a new local film premiering, giving US fare a run for its money as never before. Flickering Lights, the feature directing debut from talented screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen, is in its fifth week at number one, keeping even The Grinch and Dinosaurs at bay.
  • Danish film in line for government boost


    The Danish film industry is set to receive an additional cash boost from the local government which plans to establish a $5.7m (DKr50m) film fund with the participation of private investors.
  • Dancer to open Estonia's Black Nights fest


    Lars von Trier's Palme d'Or-winning Dancer In The Dark will open the 4th Black Nights Film Festival, which takes place in the Estonian cities of Tallinn and Tartu from December 3 to 10.
  • Prop & Berta to open Copenhagen children's fest


    Per Fly's animated feature Prop & Berta has been named as the opening film at the first Copenhagen International Children's Film Festival, which runs November 27 - December 2.
  • Ali Zaoua scores at Stockholm and Mannheim


    Morocco's Foreign-language Oscar entry, Ali Zaoua, was awarded the Bronze Horse for best film at the 11th Stockholm International Film Festival which wrapped Sunday. Directed by Nabil Ayouch, the film is about a street urchin and his orphan friends, and was acted by real-life street kids in Casablanca.
  • The Bench takes trio of awards at Nordic Filmdays


    Danish director Per Fly's critically-acclaimed debut The Bench (Baenken) scooped three prizes at the 42nd Nordic Filmdays in Lubeck, Germany, which wrapped Sunday night.
  • A.Film restructures following Help! success


    Danish animation studio A.Film has appointed Henrik Edeltoft as managing director. He replaces Anders Mastrup who will now focus on the company's international development following the worldwide sales and local box office success of its latest project Help! I'm a Fish.
  • Trust picks up Selby's latest cult adaptation


    Zentropa's international sales arm, Trust Film Sales, has picked up worldwide rights excluding Scandinavia to Fear The X, the English-language debut from Danish writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn.
  • USA Films to co-finance Zentropa horrors


    USA Films is taking North American rights to a slew of horror pictures from Denmark's Zentropa, in return for stumping up 35% of the slate's combined budget.
  • Denmark's Moviefan launches London sales outfit


    Start-up Danish financing house Moviefan Scandinavia has launched a London-based sales company, Moviefan Ltd, with former Beyond Films executive Dee Emerson heading up sales.
  • MTG restructures; appoints Albrecht as CEO


    Sweden's Modern Times Group (MTG) has added a new business unit, New Media, and appointed Hans-Holger Albrecht as president and CEO.
  • S.O.S. strikes twice at Norwegian Amandas


    Thomas Robsahm's second Italian-language feature S.O.S. took home the Amanda Award for best Norwegian film at this year's Haugesund festival. Kjersti Holmen won best actress for both S.O.S and Sofie's World.
  • Seven Songs takes Nordic crown at Amandas


    Finland's Seven Songs From The Tundra (Seitseman Laulua Tundralta) was the surprise winner of the best Nordic film prize at Norway's Amanda Awards, which take place during the Norwegian film festival in Haugesund.
  • Copenhagen to host new children's film festival


    A new children's film festival will take place in Copenhagen for five days from November 28. The Copenhagen International Children's Film Festival will screen more than 50 features from around the world and hand out a prize to the best film, the Buster Grand Prix.
  • Zentropa, Calyx form Danish-Scottish alliance


    Denmark's Zentropa and Calyx Film Production are teaming up with Scottish production outfits Sigma Films and Antonine Films to produce a raft of features in Scotland. Scottish Screen is backing the untitled partnership.
  • TV1000 divestment boosts Kinnevik profit


    Swedish conglomerate Kinnevik, which has interests ranging from forestry to telecoms, has reported a slim first-half profit of $7.8m (SEK72m), compared to a loss of $58.8m (SEK541m) the previous year, which was mainly due to its divestment of Sweden's TV1000 channels.
  • Merchant Ivory boards Babenco's Independent People


    Merchant Ivory Productions (MIP) has joined with Iceland's Pegasus Pictures to co-produce an adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning novel Independent People which Hector Babenco will direct from a script by long-time MIP collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
  • Andersson's Songs wins French critics' prize


    Roy Andersson's Songs From The Second Floor has been awarded the French critics' prize Le Prix Tres Special.
  • Production report: EU puts Danish film on a roll


    Maverick Danish director Lars von Trier may have won the Palme d'Or in Cannes for Dancer In The Dark, but two other Nordic films, Roy Andersson's Songs From The Second Floor from Sweden and Liv Ullmann's Faithless from Norway, enjoyed just as much buzz on the Croisette. Both relied on backing from Swedish state broadcaster SVT, which has become an important funding source for Scandinavian films in recent years.
  • Sweden's Tosh gets animated with Happy Life, EM.TV


    Swedish animation outfit Happy Life is teaming up with Germany's EM.TV and Irish production company Magma to produce a full-length animated feature based on popular Swedish children's character Tosh.
  • TV2 Danmark appoints Price to film, drama role


    Danish national broadcaster TV2 Danmark has appointed 33-year-old Adam Price as head of drama production starting 2001. The role has been expanded to encompass all fiction production including investments in features.
  • Ullmann receives Norwegian Aamot Award


    Norwegian actress and director Liv Ullmann has received the coveted Norwegian Aamot Award in Bergen, Norway.
  • Per Holst appointed chair of European Film College


    Per Holst, Danish veteran producer and creative director of Scandinavian major Nordisk Film, has been appointed chairman of the European Film College in Ebeltoft, Denmark.
  • SF Bio to open 14-screen multiplex in Malmo


    Scandinavia's largest exhibitor SF Bio, has struck a deal with Krona Plc, to become an anchor tenant at the new Urban Entertainment Centre in Malmo, Sweden, where it plans to open a 14-screen multiplex.
  • Senator falls in love with Vinterberg


    Germany's Senator Film has boarded Thomas Vinterberg's $10m English-language debut, It's All About Love, as German co-producer. The UK's FilmFour and Italy's Key Films are also co-producing the project, set to shoot in New York next spring.
  • Nordisk swallows Per Holst as part of overhaul


    Danish production outfits Per Holst Film and Victoria Film are being folded into parent company Nordisk Film & TV in an attempt to streamline production operations at the Scandinavian major.
  • Zentropa boards Zenith's Jenny Wagon


    White-hot Danish production outfit Zentropa will co-produce English-language western The Jenny Wagon with the UK's Zenith Productions. The film will be shot in Trollhattan, Sweden, one of the locations used for Zentropa's Palme d'Or winner Dancer In The Dark.
  • NWR, Nordisk team up for Rampage, Kuppet


    Fledgling Danish production outfit NWR ApS, which teams long-time collaborators Nicolas Winding Refn and Henrik Danstrup, has signed a two-picture output deal with Scandinavian major Nordisk Film for distribution and international sales.
  • FilmFour, Key back Vinterberg


    The UK's FilmFour will take English-speaking territories on It's All About Love, the English-language debut from Festen director Thomas Vinterberg.
  • Angel swoops on Peter Bech


    Danish mini-major Angel Films, which covers production, distribution, international sales and a facility house, has sealed an output deal with local production outfit Peter Bech Film.
  • Easy Film starts up feature arm


    Danish commercials and documentary outfit Easy Film has launched a feature arm headed by producer Sanne Glaesel.
  • Bornedal, Obel take on Lady


    Danish director Ole Bornedal, who directed 1994 chiller Nightwatch and its English-language remake for Miramax in 1996, is set to direct The Lady And The Thief with long-time collaborator Michael Obel of Thura Film producing.
  • NonStop starts up at Cannes


    Start-up Swedish international sales agent NonStop Sales is launching at Cannes with two new titles - Shit Happens, by Maans Herngren and Hannes Holm, and Norwegian picture S.O.S by Thomas Robsahm.
  • Strom takes Mai's place at Trust


    Danish production outfit Zentropa's international sales arm Trust Film Sales is in Cannes with a new head, Annakarin Strom.
  • Fine Line commits to Zentropa trio


    Fine Line Features has confirmed that it will take North American rights to three titles from Denmark's Zentropa Internationale which are being co-financed by German film giant Kinowelt.
  • Zentropa goes to Hollywood


    Aggressive Nordic producer Zentropa is launching a Los Angeles production beach head while separately hatching a multinational partnership which is expected to involve Germany's Kinowelt and Fine Line Features.
  • Zentropa, Kinowelt share Moments Of Clarity


    Nordic mini-major Zentropa's international branch, Zentropa Internationale, is finalising a three-picture deal with Germany's rapidly expanding Kinowelt. The pact, which is likely to be extended to more pictures, will kick off with Moments Of Clarity written by newcomer Mikael Colville Andersen.
  • Oracle, 2M throw weight behind Zentropa channel


    Danish production outfit Zentropa has revealed that US database software firm Oracle and Danish venture capital outfit 2M Invest are backing its proposed English-language Internet channel, (Screendaily March 23).
  • One And Only cleans up at Denmark's Bodils


    In a near carbon copy of the Danish Film Academy's recent Robert Awards (Screendaily March 3), the Danish film critics have handed three of their top Bodil Awards to Susanne Bier's The One and Only (Den Eneste Ene).
  • Svensk Filmindustri enters Finnish video market


    FS Film Oy, the joint Finnish distribution venture between Twentieth Century Fox and Scandinavia's Svensk Filmindustri (Screendaily Jan 19), plans to expand from its theatrical base into video distribution.
  • One And Only sweeps the board at Danish awards


    The Danish Film Academy's 17th Robert awards contained few surprises last weekend (Feb 27) when domestic chart topper The One And Only (Den Eneste Ene) racked up six awards including best picture.
  • Finland's Ambush sweeps local Jussi Awards


    Finnish box office smash Ambush, directed by Olli Saarela, swept seven of the Finnish Film Awards - the Jussi - last weekend taking prizes for best film, direction and cinematography as well as editing, music, sound and set design.
  • Tsatsiki sweeps the board at Swedish film awards


    Swedish children's film Tsatsiki, Mum And The Policeman dominated the Swedish Film Awards - the Guldbagga 1999 - which took place in Stockholm yesterday, winning prizes for best film, best direction, best cinematography and best script.
  • Tsatsiki racks up sales in Berlin


    Nordisk Film has sold Swedish film Tsatsiki, Mum And The Policeman to Cinemien Film & Video Distribution for Benelux and Best Film Distribution for Poland.
  • Zentropa to handle world on controversial Plum


    Denmark's Zentropa is sealing its reputation for handling controversial fare by acquiring world rights, excluding North America, to Don's Plum, a four-year-old film that has never been released due to a legal battle between one of it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and independent producer David Stutman.
  • Former Danish festival chief hooks up with Trust


    Berlin jury member Lissy Bellaiche, who headed up the Danish Film Institute's festival department for 19 years until last autumn, is moving to Trust Films Sales, the international sales outfit controlled by Danish production company Zentropa.
  • Sweden's Mother, Knockout share Goteborg prize


    Lars Lennart Forsberg's My Mother Had 14 Children and Agneta Fagerstrom-Olsson's Knockout shared the Goteborg-Posten Nordic Competition Award at this year's Goteborg Film Festival (Jan 28-Feb 6).
  • Copenhagen to host Nordic film financing forum


    London-based media consultancy MediaXchange is organising a forum, dedicated to Nordic entertainment law and finance, in Copenhagen on February 7-9.
  • Zentropa sets up international arm


    Peter Aalbaek Jensen, co-founder and producer at progressive Danish production outfit Zentropa, is setting up an offshoot - Zentropa Internationale - to oversee projects for the company not originating in Denmark
  • Scanbox inks UIP distribution deal


    Following months of speculation United International Pictures (UIP) has confirmed that it will handle all theatrical distribution of Scanbox Entertainment films in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.