News – Scandinavian movies on the move

by Peter on May 19, 2011

The Scandinavian movie industry is on the move. Following the phenomenal world wide success of Scandinaivian crime fiction writers like Steig Larsson, Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbo, Camilla Läckberg, Hakan Nesser and others, there is now more focus on and demand for Scandinavian movies as well. According to Hollywood reporter, “In the market, thanks to the cross-over success of the Millennium films and Swedish thriller Easy Money, Scandinavian titles are as red hot as their stories are cold blooded.”

It seems the movie industry in Scandinavia is responding rapidly to the increasing demand. There is a lot of activity for the moment and a long, long list of new movies in the pipeline. Here are some of them:

  • Lars von Trier’s Melancholia has bee shown in Cannes. For the moment Lars von Trier is a little uncertain about his movie. He doesn’t know whether he likes it or not – he says he “may have made his first mainstream movie”. Here is the review of Melancholia by Guardian. The reviewed were mixed – some reviews thought it excellent, others not so much. On a slightly different note, von Trier also kicked up a lot of controversy when he stated on a press conference that he was a Nazi (he later withdrew that statement).
  • Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki is showing his new comedy-drama Le Havre in Cannes shortly.
  • The Danish Director Nicolas Winding Refn, who has worked on
    many of Lars von Trier’s movies and is known for his Pusher trilogy, is is in Cannes right now with his new movie Drive.
  • Norwegian director Joachim Trier is in Cannes with a follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut Reprise, titled Oslo, August 31
  • Just as Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman is being released in the US and Headhunters, the movie based on the novel with the same title, is being shown for the first time in Cannes, Nesbo has signed a deal for the movie rights for The Snowman. The right were bought by Working Title. Nesbo says: “For a crime writer they had the best pitch,” Nesbo told The Hollywood Reporter. “They said, ‘We produced Fargo.’ I said: ‘I’m listening.’”
  • Iceland’s Runar Runarsson is showing his Volcano in Cannes. It’s said to contain some hot-and-heavy old-age sex.
  • Easy Money, based on a crime fiction novel by Swedish Jens Lapidus, has been picked up for the U.S. by The Weinstein Co. The right for a U.S. remake has been bought by Warner Bros. It is set to star Zac Efron. And now sequels to the film will be filmed in 2011, and the first is scheduled to be released in 2012, followed by the second in 2013.
  • The talented and smart Lars von Trier has bought the right to movies about Department Q, based on the novels by Danish crime fiction writer Jussi Adler-Olsen.
  • Also screening in Cannes these days are Out of Bounds from Danish first-timer Frederikke Aspockbows and Swedish Ruben Ostlund’s Play
  • Swedish best-selling crime series The Fjallbacka Murders, based on novels by Camilla Lackberg, seems to be in the making
  • Yellow Bird is completing a new series of Irene Huss movies, based on books by Helene Tursten, and preparing a new series about Annika Bengtzon, based on novels by Liza Maklund
  • A Royal Affair, an 18th century period epic starring Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, adopted by screenwriter Nikolaj Arcel, about a fatal affair between the Danish queen and her German physician, is in the making.
  • David Fincher is doing a remake of the Girl with Dragon Tattoo, with a cast full of stars

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