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GÖTEBORG 2022 Göteborg Industry

Göteborg’s Nordic Film Market goes hybrid and unveils its selection

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- The leading Scandinavian market is gearing up for its 23rd edition, and will welcome the new projects by Björn Runge, Bille August and Malou Reymann, among others

Göteborg’s Nordic Film Market goes hybrid and unveils its selection
Director Björn Runge, who is taking part in Works in Progress with Burn All My Letters

The upcoming 23rd edition of the Nordic Film Market is inviting along a total of 30 new feature-film projects – 18 in post-production, eight in Discovery and four in Nordic Talents – and will present them to market delegates in a hybrid format. The leading business and meeting place for the Scandinavian and international film industry is due to run from 3-6 February, during the 45th Göteborg Film Festival (28 January-6 February). The Nordic Film Market will be back on site in Gothenburg, with selected content available online.

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Starting with the Works in Progress selection, Sweden is bringing along five projects: Björn Runge (The Wife [+see also:
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) adapts Alex Schulman's successful semi-autobiographical book Burn All My Letters, which revolves around a secret and passionate love affair (see the news). Four debut projects are featured from Sweden: Lebanese filmmaker Abbe Hassan’s Exodus is a warm-hearted story of survival and friendship (see the news); Isabella Carbonell envisions a grim story of human trafficking in Dogborn; Ahmed Abdullahi follows a former MMA fighter who is struggling to get back to her passion in Amina; and documentary filmmaker Johanna Bernhardson follows her uncle, Roy Andersson, and his three siblings in The Andersson Brothers.

Also, Denmark will be rocking up with five projects. These include Kiss, the latest period drama directed by Bille August, set in Denmark in 1913. Also, Unruly is the sophomore feature by Malou Reymann (A Perfectly Normal Family [+see also:
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), a historical drama inspired by the infamous events that took place in Sprogø between 1923 and 1961 (see the news). Among the three first-time fiction filmmakers from Denmark are documentary helmer Malene Choi (The Return [+see also:
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) with The Quiet Migration, a coming-of-age story about two adolescents facing racism in their adopted families; an adaptation of Christian Lollike’s play The Cake Dynasty, which centres on a cake factory on the verge of bankruptcy (see the news); and The Great Silence by Katrine Brocks, which follows 29-year-old Alma, who lives in a contemporary Catholic convent and is preparing to take her perpetual vows as a nun.

Five projects also hail from Norway. Among them are Night by Mona J Hoel (Are you Leaving Already? [+see also:
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), which centres on a neurologist who is diagnosed with advanced lymph-node cancer, and whose doctor predicts that she has a maximum of two months left to live; the Norwegian-Belgian animated film Titina by Kajsa Næss, exploring the conquest of the North Pole (listen to our podcast); the Norwegian-Polish project Norwegian Dream by award-winning helmer Leiv Igor Devold (The Accidental Rockstar), a romantic coming-of-age drama in which Robert, a Polish immigrant working at a fish factory in Norway, struggles with his feelings for his Norwegian colleague Ivar; Storm by Erika Calmeyer, which focuses on the unconditional love between a mother and her daughter; and War Sailor by Gunnar Vikene, set during World War II and inspired by true events, which sees two Norwegian men trying to survive at sea while the fate of their loved ones at home is equally uncertain.

There are two projects from Finland: Hit Big, the latest work by J-P Valkeapää (Dogs Don’t Wear Pants [+see also:
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), which follows a former Miss Finland beauty queen runner-up during a series of kidnappings, robberies and other misadventures; and Siblings by Saara Cantell, which has been shot over the course of seven years with a skeleton crew, combining both scripted and documentary-like elements. The selection is rounded off by one project from Iceland, Road Trip with Mom by Hilmar Oddsson, which centres on a man whose mother passes away. He must then bring her body across Iceland to its final resting place in her hometown.

In the Discovery section, eight film projects that are currently in development and are mainly by first-time filmmakers will be presented. Among others, we find works by John Skoog (Ridge [+see also:
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), Nitesh Anjaan (Dreaming Murakami [+see also:
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), Hanna Högstedt (Burka Songs 2.0), Sweden’s Jonatan Etzler, Norwegian filmmaker and visual artist Gunhild Enger, Denmark’s Andrias Høgenni, and Finnish filmmaker Lauri-Matti Parppei.

Finally, the Nordisk Film & TV Fond, in collaboration with the Göteborg Film Festival, will present specially selected Nordic Talents projects, with four films having been selected. In 2022, the fund features a special focus on the twentysomething generation.

Here is the complete selection of projects taking part in the 2022 Nordic Film Market:

Works in Progress

Amina - Ahmed Abdullahi (Sweden)
Producer: Veronika Öhnedal (Art & Bob)

The Andersson Brothers - Johanna Bernhadsson (Sweden)
Producers: Erika Malmgren, Annika Hellström (Cinenic Film)

Burn All My Letters - Björn Runge (Sweden)
Producers: Annika Sucksdorff, Jonathan Ridings (SF Studios)

The Cake Dynasty - Christian Lollike (Denmark)
Producers: Kim Magnusson, Maj Andersson (Tales Inc)

Dogborn - Isabella Carbonell (Sweden)
Producer: Erik Andersson (Memento Film)

Exodus - Abbe Hassan (Sweden)
Producer: Mattias Nohrborg (B-Reel)

The Great Silence - Katrine Brocks (Denmark)
Producer: Pernille Tornøe (Monolit Film)

Hit Big - J-P Valkeapää (Finland)
Producer: Daniel Kuitunen (Komeetta)

The Kiss - Bille August (Denmark)
Producer: Thomas Heinesen (Nordisk Film)

Night - Mona J Hoel (Norway)
Producer: Mona J Hoel (Freedom From Fear)

Norwegian Dream - Leiv Igor Devold (Norway)
Producer: Håvard Wettland Gossé (Spætt Film)

The Quiet Migration - Malene Choi (Denmark)
Producer: Maria Møller Kjeldgaard (Manna Film)

Road Trip with Mom - Hilmar Oddsson (Iceland)
Producer: Hlín Jóhannesdóttir (Ursus Parvus)

Siblings - Saara Cantell (Finland)
Producers: Kai Nordberg, Kaarle Aho (Making Movies)

Storm - Erika Calmeyer (Norway)
Producer: Finn Gjerdrum (Paradox)

Titina - Kajsa Næss (Norway)
Producers: Tonje Skar Reiersen, Lise Fearnley (Mikrofilm)

Unruly - Malou Reymann (Denmark)
Producer: Matilda Appelin (Nordisk Film Production)

War Sailor - Gunnar Vikene (Norway)
Producers: Maria Ekerhovd, Gary Cranner (Mer Film)

Discovery

Anything for Her - Andrias Høgenni (Denmark/Faroe Islands)
Producers: Johannes Rothaus Nørregaard, Rikke Tambo Andersen (Tambo Film)

The Beast Friend - Lauri-Matti Parppei (Finland)
Producer: Julia Elomäki (Tekele Productions)

Europa - Brwa Vahabpour (Norway)
Producer: Renée Mlodyszewski (True Content Entertainment)

Lucky - Nitesh Anjaan (Denmark)
Producer: Daniel Mühlendorph (Hyæne Film)

My French Revolution - Hanna Högstedt (Sweden)
Producers: Ami-Ro Sköld, Lovisa Charlier (Onoma Productions)

Screen Time - Jonatan Etzler (Sweden)
Producer: Johan Lundström (StellaNova Film)

Stone Life - Gunhild Enger (Norway)
Producers: Håkon Øverås, Ingvild Evjemo (4 ½)

Värn - John Skoog (Sweden)
Producer: Erik Hemmendorff (Plattform Produktion)

Nordic Talents

A Soviet Love Story - Angelika Abramovitch (Sweden)
Producer: Linus Andersson (Lampray)

The Great Unknown - Charlotte Brodthagen (Denmark)
Producers: Sophie D’Souza, Anne Falkesgaard (Zentropa)

The Last Untouched Wilderness - Kirsikka Paakkinen (Finland)

Lovette (Sweden)
Producers: Hawa Sanneh, Jimm Garbis (Gambio Film)

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