GOTEBORG: Anticipated Nordic titles presented to industry.

A host of anticipated Nordic features were pitched to industry this week at the Works In Progress strand of the Gothenburg Film Festival.

Potential buyers and sellers heard about upcoming projects from directors including Antti Jokinen, Lisa Aschan and Mads Matthiesen.

Swedish outfit GarageFilm International is producing Aschan’s horror White People, currently in post-production.

Vera Vitali, Pernilla August and Issaka Sawadogo star in the feature about a woman’s clash with a corrupt head of security.

Aschan’s debut She Monkey’s received a special mention at the Berlinale and won Gothenburg’s Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film.

Solar Films’ period war-romance Wildeye, currently in post-production, comes from acclaimed Finnish features and music video director Antti Jokinen, best known for drama Purge and Hilary Swank starrer The Resident.

Set against the historical backdrop of The Lapland War in 1944-1945, Wildeye charts the story of a midwife who falls in love with a Finnish-German SS officer.

Nimbus Productions are behind intriguing projects from Oscar-nominee Runar Runarsson and Good People and The Killing TV series director Henrik Ruben Genz.

Festival favourite Runarsson is in post-production on Danish-Icelandic drama Sparrow, a coming-of-age story about a boy who is sent to live in a remote part of the country with his father.

Genz is working on period-drama/road-movie Tordenskiold.

Also from Denmark is Teddy Bear director Mads Matthiesen’s project The Model, about an emerging model who develops a deadly obsession for a male photographer (played by Ed Skrein), and Daniel Dencik’s period drama Moon Rider about a Danish botanist sent to the Gold Coast.

TrustNordisk rep sales on the former, which is produced by Zentropa.

Finnish film and TV director Aleksei Salmenpera’s project Distracted, about a man who is constantly interrupted by life, “mixes comedy and fantasy with dark stories”, according to the production.

Salmenpera previously directed acclaimed titles Producing Adults, A Man’s Job and Bad Family, which premiered at the Berlinale.

Kjersti G. Steinsbø’s Norwegian crime-drama Doll in the Ceiling (WT), set against the backdrop of the fjords of western Norway, follows a woman seeking retribution against her dead sister’s violator.

Beta reps sales rights to the debut feature.

The audience also heard about Swedish director Erik Gandini’s (Videocracy) new project Autonomous, which explores the “existential black holes” of Swedish society.